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SEPTEMBER 2020    

CEO Update

Equity for all or equality for all? All of us love the word and concept ‘equality’. We believe that all people are equal and deserve equal opportunity.

However, reality can be a bit trickier. We don’t achieve ‘equality’ of life outcomes by simply treating all people the same. A just society, a society where there is equity of outcomes, may require different treatment for some people. For example, if we wish to see all children experience successful Year 12 completion, we will need to provide very different resources and support for children who experience trauma. If we want all young people to launch into adulthood successfully, we may need to support Homestretch, a campaign that commits to foster care support to the age of 21.

The sketch below communicates a simple truth - that by treating everyone ‘equally’ we do not always get a fair and just outcome. Anglicare NT is committed to a just and fair society. While we are proud to be an organisation for all Territorians, our work prioritises the 'step up' to those in greatest need. Equity comes in many shapes and sizes - from NDIS and services for older people, through to programs for young families and celebrations of Aboriginal culture.

Kind regards,

Dave Pugh
Chief Executive Officer 

Interaction Institute for Social Change

Artist: Angus Maguire

Man in wheelchair with dog

Support for people with disabilities

Following an audit conducted remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions, NDIS assessors have recommended to the NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission that Anglicare NT be registered as an NDIS Provider due to full compliance. Over three days, the assessors interviewed 20 participants who provided positive feedback and indicated they were very happy with the assistance they received.

Anglicare NT has long provided services that enable people living with a disability to thrive in their community, lead independent lives and reach personal goals. In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic we rapidly adjusted our services to ensure people's support needs continued to be met during these challenging times.
Eligible NDIS participants can work with our Support Coordinators across the Territory to develop personal plans and connect with appropriate supports. We also continue to offer a range of other services such as home and social supports, carer respite and community access services.

Young women connect with Elders

Anglicare NT has partnered with the Banatjarl Strongbala Wimun Grup (BSWG) to connect young women in the Katherine region with local Elders. The innovative pilot project aims to create sustainable cultural and holistic supports for young women in the Katherine region. During an initial meeting in January, the group discussed their shared goals and agreed on activities that will build life and parenting skills, explore themes of cultural identity and sense of belonging, and give exposure to local Aboriginal perspectives on relationships, self-respect, self-care, body awareness, education, health and wellbeing.

So far this year, the group has enjoyed a bush medicine workshop, pandanus dyeing, a Welcome to Country and a gardening day planting native lemongrass crops at the BSWG Resource Centre in King Valley, Katherine region. 

Getting ready for Christmas?

Anglicare NT Christmas cards are currently available for purchase. There are four designs to choose from, pictured above clockwise from top left: Bethlehem, Christmas Baubles, Joy to the World and Territory Christmas. Christmas cards are sold in packs of 10 at $12 per pack with all proceeds supporting our ongoing work in the community. 

To place an order or donate, visit our website or phone us on 08 8985 0000.

Thank you for thinking of Territorians this Christmas.

Rrupiya Money Video
Strengthening financial wellbeing

A digital training resource has been developed by the East Arnhem Money Support Hub for financial inclusion workers who are new to the region. Our Money Story raises awareness of the historical impact of money on Yolngu people, the cultural practices associated with obligation (wetj) and what that means for people working and living in Yolngu communities. Staff share stories about how they help individuals and communities develop financial resilience.

While the filmmaker was in the region, young people from Gapuwiyak and surrounding homelands wrote and recorded a song to accompany the resource. Sung in both Yolngu language and English, 'Rrupiya' (money) describes the historical context of people living in the area for generations without the need to use money. Now people are dependent on money to survive.

In Alice Springs, new digital and printed resources provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with information about the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS), how to make a NILS application and general information about the repayment of loans. Made in partnership with CAAMA, three short films are now available in English, Western Aranda and Warlpiri. Infographic posters in plain English explain who is eligible for NILS and what the funds can be used for.

Ludmilla graffiti artworkMalak mural artwork
Brightening up the suburbs

A group of young people have created a bright new mural in the heart of Ludmilla, in collaboration with artist David Collins from Proper Creative. The 3-month mural art project was completed by young people aged 11 to 16 years, engaged with Anglicare NT’s #U-Turn program.

#U-Turn is part of Territory Families Back on Track initiative, which provides young people with alternatives to detention and pathways out of the youth justice system. 

The project gave young people the opportunity to express themselves creatively, work collaboratively, and give back to the local community. The vibrant new mural is located beside a well-used pathway between Ludmilla Primary School and Nemarluk Drive, frequented by local children and families.

As part of the program, a mural was also painted at Malak Oval, giving young people the opportunity to learn new skills and gain a sense of connection with those around them. The local community were encouraged to witness these young people as they shared their creativity and made a positive contribution to the area.

Nova Peris OAM and carer Effie at the Home Stretch launch in Darwin
Support for young people in the 'Home Stretch'

Anglicare NT joined other local NGOs in launching the Home Stretch election campaign. Together, we called on all political parties in the Northern Territory to increase the legislated age young people can stay in Out of Home Care from 18 years to 21 years.

The launch was held at Larrakia Nation shop front and was attended by Home Stretch Committee members and organisations, young people, carers and the media. Our key campaign ask is for representatives to commit to changing the law so that young people in care are guaranteed continued support after their 18th birthday.

Former Olympian and Senator, Nova Peris, gave a keynote address as an official ambassador for the campaign. We also heard from a young person who has just turned 18 years and is trying to finish school, and a carer who says the current arrangement causes stress for the whole household.

Home Stretch is a national campaign supported by Anglicare Victoria. The Northern Territory Committee is comprised of Larrakia Nation (co-chair), Foster & Kinship Care Association NT (co-chair), Anglicare NT, NTCOSS, Tangentyere Council, CREATE Foundation and Life Without Barriers.

Learning at the beachCollecting periwinkles
Everywhere learning

Several families living at our Garaworra transitional accommodation complex in Darwin have joined the Home Interaction Program for Parents & Youngsters (HIPPY). Through the program, families are supported by a home tutor to complete weekly themed activity books with their child. Learning continues each Friday with regular group activities involving art, craft and beach excursions.

‘Everywhere Learning’ happens effortlessly at the beach with families and staff engaging in two-way learning, sharing language, food and culture. Mums, dads, grandmothers, aunties and siblings look for maypal (shellfish) together and share feasts of damper, nonda (longbums), diyamu (pipis), guya (fish) and dhukuray (periwinkles). Children learn as they listen to stories, play games, use sign language, explore nature and create artworks with sand, rocks, leaves and shells.

headspace Darwin Ride to Work DayEast Arnhem Ride to Work Day
Reducing our environmental impact

Anglicare NT is committed to reducing our environmental impact and last year adopted an agency-wide Environmental Policy. To map out the implementation of the Policy, we received some grant funding to develop an Environmental Management Plan.

Edge Environment consultants will assist us to develop the new plan, which will include baseline data on our current environmental footprint including emissions, water and waste. It will then recommend strategies to reduce our resource use. Edge are interviewing people from various sections of the organisation to understand current practices in areas such as fleet and facilities, travel and procurement.

The Environmental Management Plan will help us track our annual performance, measure improvements and keep us focused. 

Leonie and Sandy cut NAIDOC cakeNAIDOC Week celebrations
Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for Anglicare NT staff to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are proud to live and work on Aboriginal land, and we know so much more is needed to achieve true recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, ways of being, ways of knowing and human rights.

While national NAIDOC events were postponed this year, Anglicare NT celebrated the week with several local events. In Darwin, staff members were joined by families residing at Garaworra transitional accommodation complex to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The day included a Welcome to Larrakia Country by Nicole Brown and her 7-year-old son, a flag raising ceremony, children’s activities, basket weaving and entertainment from the band Midnight Cruz.

A family fun day was also held at Garaworra during the week. Families and children had the opportunity to decorate their own NAIDOC t-shirts, and Harold the Healthy Giraffe engaged everyone in a fun discussion about health, germs and friendships. The event built on the recent collaborative work of several of our services at Garaworra, with the Housing Options Pathway Program, Home Interaction Program for Parents & Youngsters and East Arnhem Children’s Services delivering a suite of two-way learning activities to families.

In Katherine, the team celebrated NAIDOC Week with a screening of the short documentary 'Our Law'. Our Law is about Western Australia’s first Indigenous run police station and the trust that is built between police officers and the community.

Board members farewell Leeanne Zamagias
Farewell to long serving Board Member

Leeanne Zamagias has been a Board Member since 2014, committing substantial time and energy to supporting the work of Anglicare NT. Leeanne was farewelled by the CEO, senior staff and fellow Directors at the August Board meeting.

Leeanne regularly attended Board meetings, visited our regional sites and represented Anglicare NT in parishes. We thank Leeanne and are pleased she will remain a friend of Anglicare NT.

Joining our Board is Mr David Ray, the Diocesan Business Manager and Registrar of the Anglican Diocese of the Northern Territory. We welcome David and look forward to his contribution to the governance and further development of Anglicare NT.

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