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DECEMBER 2020    

CEO Update

Singing together with one voice

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through...
This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony…

American vocal group, 'The Wailin’ Jennys' - One Voice.

The work we do at Anglicare NT can be likened to a choir. We join with community members, other organisations and the people who come to us for assistance. Together, we combine our skills to make it through tough times. We make our society stronger, the safety net more effective and we learn from past experiences to make lasting change. 

When we talk about partnership, strengths-based practice or community development at Anglicare NT, we are talking about combining the strengths of community, individuals and our organisation to overcome challenges. It’s the notion of ‘combined’ strengths that is critical. People who attend our services are sometimes at a low ebb and may have forgotten how capable they are. Our task is to remind and reconnect people to their abilities.

This newsletter can be read through the lens of partnership, or ‘helping each other to make it through’, and of speaking out. Events for NAIDOC Week, our headspace Katherine partnership with the broader community and young people, the #U-Turn approach to youth justice and our Anglicare Sunday presentations are all examples of ‘singing together in harmony’.

As we come to an end of a challenging year, I hope you, your family and friends can take time to remember your strengths, abilities and connections. On behalf of Anglicare NT, we wish you a Merry Christmas, a peaceful New Year and a renewed 2021.

Kind regards,

Dave Pugh
Chief Executive Officer 
Hon. Ngaree Ah Kit MLA presents at the Year in Review meeting Wayne, Terry and Gavin at the Year in Review meeting

Year in Review

Anglicare NT partners, stakeholders, Board Members and staff gathered at Christ Church Cathedral in November to reflect on recent achievements and celebrate the launch of our Annual Report 2019-20. Resounding event themes included cultural respect, identity, connection and empowerment.

Guests were Welcomed to Country by Mary Williams who spoke of the ongoing connections Larrakia people have to this land and steps towards reconciliation. Board Chair, Richard Giles, commended Anglicare NT for its continuity of service during a challenging year and CEO Dave Pugh shared highlights from the Annual Report. In the keynote address, the Honourable Ngaree Ah Kit MLA, spoke of her efforts to create lasting change in the lives of people in her electorate.

A staff presentation focused on our new #U-Turn program, part of Territory Families Back on Track initiative. In partnership with numerous organisations including Proper Creative, Australian Childhood Foundation and First Steps, #U-Turn provides young people with alternatives to detention and pathways out of the youth justice system through skill-building, community engagement and cultural connection.

To find out more about our work across the Northern Territory, view our Annual Report 2019-20.
Christmas appeal 2020

Christmas Appeal

For young people living in out of home care, education creates a pathway to a brighter future. It can break the cycle of disadvantage.

Set up a monthly donation to help young people like Tristan become aspirational learners.

Tristan lives in out of home care and can't stay with his family at present. After increased school absences, lowering grades and unhealthy social influences, he began working with our MeNTor teacher. Together, they developed plans to improve emotional awareness, self-regulation and communication. Our teacher helped address specific learning barriers and supported Tristan’s carers to better navigate the school system.

11 months later, Tristan has:
  • Improved his grades and increased school attendance to 93%
  • Joined a sports team and made positive social connections
  • Been formally recognised for his hard work and progress
Making Education Outcomes Reachable NT (MeNTor) supports young people in care to engage with school, build confidence and improve educational outcomes. As a pilot program, MeNTor relies on the generosity of government, philanthropists and supporters. Please donate today.
Alice Springs staff visit Angkerle Atwatye
On Country for NAIDOC Week

Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. During NAIDOC Week in November, Alice Springs staff enjoyed a morning at Angkerle Atwatye (Standley Chasm), participating in a cultural walk with Traditional Landowner Kevin and sharing morning tea. Angkerle Atwatye, less than an hour’s drive from Alice Springs, is a place of deep cultural significance to Western Arrernte people as a sacred women’s dreaming site. 
headspace Katherine staff headspace outreach bus
headspace Katherine Turns One

headspace Katherine’s first anniversary was celebrated by young people, partners, stakeholders and staff at several events in September. With a focus on early intervention, the headspace centre provides services for mental health, physical and sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, and work and study support. Whether it be coping with stress, struggling at school, family conflict or body image concerns, headspace staff help young people overcome difficulties, build positive relationships and strengthen mental health outcomes.

In addition to regular headspace services, headspace Katherine offers a variety of educational, supportive and creative group sessions and community events. In November, young people and their families participated in movement therapy, relaxation techniques and a cultural activity at a Youth Open Day. School holiday drop-in sessions include art activities, cooking classes, board games and drumming workshops. An innovative mobile clinic regularly visits young people in the surrounding communities of Wugularr and Binjari.
Music Strengthens Connections

Young people from five different communities across the Gove Peninsula co-created a music video during the October school holidays. Anglicare NT staff member and music video producer, Wayne Glenn, worked with young people in the communities of Gunyangara, Galupa, Birritjimi, Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala to create Gurrutumi, a song about the importance of connection to family, community and culture. The accompanying music video was launched at an event co-hosted with the East Arnhem Regional Council Youth, Sport and Recreation team.
Women receive Moving Forward certificates
Building Skills for Life

he first group of participants to complete a series of life skills sessions at the Garaworra transitional accommodation complex in Darwin received graduation certificates at a celebratory event in November. The sessions covered healthy relationships, parenting, employment, training, meal planning and budgeting.

In a cooking activity, the group used recipe inspiration from the Kukumbat gudwan daga 'Really cooking good food’ cookbook to make Shepherd’s Pie and a coconut chicken curry. A group of nine women prepared and cooked the food and everyone at the housing complex was invited to share the feast.

Weekly life skills sessions are also offered to people living in our transitional accommodation in Alice Springs, with sessions focused on health, wellbeing, everyday skills and community participation.
Young child in garden
Children's Week Market

The focus of Children’s Week 2020 came from the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, which states ‘Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations.’ 

Embracing the theme, Communities for Children and Child Friendly Alice partnered with the iconic Todd Mall Markets for a special Market Day. The community celebration, attended by over 20 organisations and 300 children and their families, provided spaces and places for children’s voices to be heard. The event aligned with the hopes and aspirations captured in the Child Friendly Alice Community Profile.
Women participate in tug-of-war Ladies participate in games at Midawarr Day Out
Midawarr Day Out

Anglicare NT invited Aged Care and Disability service providers and participants from across the Gove Peninsula to come together in September for the first ever Midawarr Day Out wellbeing event.

The event was well attended, with participants engaging in games, dancing, a bush medicine healing space, shared lunch and a memorable tug-of-war competition. Young people from the Clontarf and Stars programs provided support, encouragement and refreshments to everyone attending. Survey responses from participants indicate that the day was a success with suggestions for similar events to b
e held in future. 
Terry Cleary speaks on Anglicare Sunday Janet and Leonie on Anglicare Sunday
Anglicare Sunday

The continued relationship between Anglicare NT and the Anglican Church was celebrated in October through 'Anglicare Sunday’. Our staff attended Anglican Churches in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs, sharing information about services, and reflecting on what it means to show compassion and seek justice in our community.
The Anglican Church has been actively involved in the delivery of social services throughout the Northern Territory for many years. Anglicare NT remains grounded in our foundations with a continued commitment to Anglican principles and ethics.

Our offices will be closed from 25 December 2020 until 4 January 2021.

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