Northern Territory Council of Social Service

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A directory for the general public and workers to access up-to-date listing of community sector social services available in the Northern Territory.

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Wurli Community Services

Wurli provides a range of community services to Aboriginal people living in Katherine and 40 km radius.

Clients can ‘walk in’ at any time during operating hours, but if clients prefer, the clinic also operates an appointment system for current clients.

Access to all clinical services is improved by our transport service, which can collect clients from anywhere within 40 kilometres of Katherine. Wurli will send out reminder letters and messages to you and family when due for an appointment or other type of follow up care.

Wellbeing Unit

The Wellbeing unit is located at 25 Third Street (above Wurli main clinic) and starts from a position of cultural sensitivity and respect to deliver individualised, holistic intervention, treatment and management services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the Katherine Region.

The unit also delivers community engagement and development activities that promote living socially and emotionally healthy lifestyle.

What to see us for

You can come and see us for support for the following:

  • Mental Health and Counselling Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing Services
  • Community education and information sessions
  • Assistance with resolving housing issues, understanding Centrelink payments and advocacy support.

 

StrongBala Justice Support Program

The StrongBala Justice Program aims to give Indigenous men regular access to culturally appropriate holistic health, justice and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) services as well as providing educational sessions through a Personal Development Program (PDP).  Referrals to internal and external health providers and other agencies are provided as required.

What to see us for

You can come and see us at 23 Third Street (downstairs) for support for the following:

  • Men’s issues
  • Family support
  • Good food advice/cooking
  • Breakfast and clothes washing facilities
  • Help in accessing other services, such as wellbeing, health and AOD services

 

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Program

Wurli’s Alcohol & Other Drugs service provides a holistic and culturally competent drug and alcohol counselling service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of the Katherine region.

AOD services are provided to assist in the reduction of the harmful impacts that Alcohol and other Drug misuse/ abuse has on other individuals and family safety, community well-being, as well as contributing towards the health outcomes for individual clients.

What to see us for

You can come and see us at 25 Third Street (above Wurli main clinic) for support for the following:

  • Drug and alcohol counselling for individuals, families and groups
  • AOD issues and resources
  • School visits and information sessions

 

Strong Indigenous Families (SIF)

Wurli’s Strong Indigenous Families (SIF) Program aims to address the behaviours that lead to family and domestic violence to improve the safety of women and their children.

Through the delivery of therapeutic services for children and case management services for the family, SIF works towards breaking the inter-generational cycle of family and domestic violence and the removal of children from families.

What to see us for

You can come and see us at 23 Third Street (upstairs) for support for the following:

  • Family safety planning
  • A range of therapeutic services and activities targeted at children and family units
  • Case management services including assistance with navigating services and advocacy support
  • Assistance with accessing emergency and crisis services
  • Community education and information

 

Katherine Individual Support Program (KISP)

The Katherine Individual Support Program (KISP) delivers case management and outreach services to people living rough in the Katherine community living areas and town camps.

The Program aims to improve health outcomes and increase the quality of life experienced by KISP clients. This program operates via an outreach model.

Darwin Community Arts (DCA) is a non-profit, incorporated Association that focuses on community-based arts and cultural development.

 

Malak continues to be a pilot area for DCA’s neighbourhood-based approach although its programs and projects cover different neighbourhoods of Darwin Region (which includes the Tiwi Islands, City of Darwin, City of Palmerston, and Litchfield Shire).

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One Tree has extensive experience in early education and care and community services, and provides accredited training as a registered training organisation (RTO). One Tree has over 30 childcare and community centres and an RTO across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria, from metropolitan Perth to remote Aboriginal communities.

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Accredited Family Dispute Resolution practitioners can assist separating couples to work through issues such as living arrangements for their children and property settlements. Impartial practitioners provide mediation to help both parties reach an agreement.
Property mediation services are also available to separating couples without children on a fee for service basis.

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Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation

Head Office: Darwin Corporate Park 631 Stuart Highway Building 1, Level 2, Berrimah NT 0828

P: (08) 8931 6600 E: info@ironbark.org.au

Ironbark Indigenous Support (IIS)

Casuarina contact – M: 0408896908

Palmerston contact – M: 0419762118

IIS is an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander specific Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) support service in the Darwin and Palmerston areas (including the Town Camps). We have two sites – Casuarina and Palmerston and we provide outreach servicing to clients. IIS facilitate support to clients/families who are experiencing DFV or who have in the past. We provide:  Intensive Case Management and collaboration with other support services, establish supported referral pathways relevant to the client’s needs, advocacy, we provide a culturally appropriate trauma-informed service. We endeavour to foster a collaborative model of co-case management and wrap-around-servicing to clients wherever possible and we have an extensive network of service providers we work closely with to assist clients.  Our overall goal is to empower our clients and improve their safety and wellbeing.

 

Ironbark Community Development & Employment Programs

Shop 2, 14 Freds Pass Road, Humpty Doo, NT 0836

P: (08) 8988 0999

  • Butler Place, HOLTZE NT, 0830

P: (08) 8935 1200

Nauiyu Community, DALY RIVER NT, 0822

P: (08) 8939 9400

 

Aboriginal Bush Traders – Retail Art Outlet

Lyons Cottage, 74 The Esplanade, DARWIN NT 0810

P: (08) 8931 6650

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We provide adults with care, protection and a safe place to sleep 5 nights a week. They are referred to the shelter by the police, community patrol or community services after being found intoxicated in public spaces. For many clients, the Sobering Up Shelters provide an alternative for incarceration and pathways to engage in AOD and other health services to help reduce the harm for AOD misuse.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or over
  • referred to the service by Police, Community Patrol Organisations, other referring agencies, responsible community member or self referral
  • intoxicated through drinking alcohol or through inhaling volatile substances
  • conscious and not seriously injured
  • not unmanageably aggressive or abusive.
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TeamHEALTH is a leading provider of mental health supports. We have been operating in the Territory for over 30 years. We are a for-purpose organisation that provides nonclinical, recovery focused support. Our vision is that all people lead a full and valued life.

TeamHEALTH actively promotes and supports an inclusive and diverse culture. We welcome all people, regardless of age, gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, faith, religion and all other identities represented in our community.

Adult Support

Individual support for Adults

TeamHEALTH have a variety of support available for adults who have a mental illness or are experiencing distress in relation to their mental health.

We provide mental health supports for adults 16-64 years old who are experiencing mental health issues, with or without a diagnosis. Referrals are accepted from any source including self-referral.

Location of Support: We provide supports to people living in Darwin – urban and rural regions, Palmerston, Katherine, Daly River and Maningrida.

Centre Based Support

Adults over 16 who are experiencing mental health issues, with or without a formal diagnosis, can access the Centre Based Supports service. Referrals are accepted from any source including self-referral.

If you are feeling isolated or alone, our Centre Based Supports team provide a welcoming place where you can socialise and participate in a range of activities.

Location of Support: The Centre Based Supports office is located at Rapid Creek Business Village, 48 Trower Road, Millner NT 0810

Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 3.00pm

Support for Older Adults

To be eligible for support by the Older Adult team you need to be assessed and found eligible for a Home Care Package (HCP) or have an NDIS package that includes these supports. Non-indigenous adults are required to be 65 and over and Indigenous adults are required to be 50 years.

We support older adults experiencing mental illness who need assistance to remain living in their own home.

Location of Support: Support is available in urban Darwin regions.

Support Coordination for individuals with an NDIS package

Support Coordination is an NDIS item, whereby you receive individual support to help manage your NDIS package. TeamHEALTH have a team of experienced support coordinators who can assist you in getting the most out of your NDIS package.

Child and Family Support

Our Child and Family Wellbeing team work with children who are aged 0-18 years, together with another member of their family or significant adult, such as a parent or carer. We work alongside children and families who are affected by, or at risk of developing a mental illness.

We offer support at our office locations, Palmerston –Litchfield, Katherine, Gunbalanya, and can visit children and families in their homes, or somewhere else suitable to families in the community, such as a play centre.

Housing Support

We provide non-crisis, accommodation options for you and your family, if you are over 18 years and living with mental illness or mental health concerns and can live independently in the community with support. To be eligible to receive housing support individuals need to be engaged with an individual support worker through TeamHEALTH or another approved provider.

Medium to long-term, shared and non-shared housing options are available in a range of units and houses throughout Darwin and Palmerston. All accommodation comes partly furnished including white goods.

TeamHEALTH Housing is located throughout Darwin and Palmerston.

Residential Support

Through the NDIS we provide Supported Independent Living (SIL) by assisting participants in a shared home environment. This program assists participants build their skills around budgeting, household management and social skills. Our individualised supports each participant in their own journey to good mental health to people living with mental health issues or a significant and permanent disability.

Education and Training

At TeamHEALTH we are committed to delivering education and training to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and contribute to better mental health outcomes.

We provide up-to-date training for workplaces, schools and individuals in the community delivered by our trained facilitators.

Education and training are available in Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine.

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After-School Care

After-school care is available to assist parents of primary school children.

Belyuen Youth Program

Activities and assistance for indigenous children and young people in the Belyuen community include after-school care and cooking, nutrition and personal-hygiene classes.

Budget Hostel Accommodation

A range of budget accommodation includes short-term,medium-term and long-term permanent and backpacker.

Child Care

Child care is provided to assist families of infants and preschool children 7 months to 5 years old.

Health & Fitness

Sport & recreation facilities for the community include personal training, teen gym for children & young people 13 to 15 years old, group-exercise classes, yoga, aerobics, cardio-exercise, weight-based exercises, disability programs and school programs.

Health services including weight management, blood-pressure testing, rehabilitation services and nutrition education are also available.

Indoor & Outdoor Activities

Outdoor & indoor physical activities are available for children, young people, families and individuals. Activities may include softball & other outdoor games, an inflatable jumping castle, inflatable Twister and a roller-skating disco.

Indoor Skating

Physical activity in the form of indoor skating and blading is available and may include a roller-hockey competition.

Katherine Aquatic Centre

Physical activities include learn-to-swim and aqua-aerobics classes.

EDGYM

A fun-based program, lead by trained instructors, for families with preschool children 1 to 5 years old.

Leanyer Recreation Park

A free recreation park for the community including water slides and family events & holiday activities. AquaSafe learn-to-swim classes for infants and children 6 months to 12 years old are also available.

Palmerston Aquatic & Lifestyle Centre

Sport and recreation facilities for the community include a fifty metre pool, weights room, gym, disability health club, exercise classes and physiotherapy.

AquaSafe learn-to-swim classes for infants & children 6 months to 12 years old are also available.

Palmerston Drop-In Centre

A drop-in centre for young people providing holiday programs, sport & recreation activities, discos, cooking, youth counselling & mentoring and education programs.

Palmerston Recreation Centre

Provides sport and recreation facilities for the community.

Programs include health & fitness classes, comprehensive gym facility with the inclusion of disability friendly fitness equipment on site for use, injury rehabilitation programs available, casual child minding, Seniors programs, children’s programs, social sports competitions and facilities hire.

Palmerston Water Park

A free recreation park for the community including water slides and wet play areas for toddlers and children.

Vacation Care

Various holiday programs assist parents by providing recreation activities for primary-school children 5 to 12 years old.

Youth Diversion Program

The Program is provided as an alternative to court for children and young people who offended when they were under 18 years old. The program provides case management and is run in conjunction with the Youth in Communities program.

Youth in Communities

Provides case management and support for young people and their families in Katherine. Youth in Communities also coordinates a range of activities for National Youth Week and National Homelessness Matters Day.

Youth in Communities, FAST Program

The Families & Schools Together (FAST) program assists families to build supportive relationships and improve their communication skills in order to achieve better outcomes for children and family members.

Youth in Communities, Girls’ Program

Provides education and discussion for adolescent girls 12 to 18 years old on topics such as mental health, sexual health, drugs & alcohol, good decision-making and gaining access to local support services.

Youth in Communities, Youth Nights

Youth drop-in nights provide free dinner, activities and transport home for children, young people and families. Activities may include roller-skating, discos, table tennis, karaoke, computer games on the big screen and pool.

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CREATE Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care).

CREATE Connect children and young people to each other, CREATE and their Community to Empower children and young people to build self-confidence, self-esteem, and skills that enable them to have a voice and be heard to Change the care system, in consultation with children and young people, through advocacy to improve policies, practices and services, and increase community awareness.

Link-Up

Provides counselling and assistance for indigenous peoplewho were part of the stolen generations in order to trace,locate and reunite with their families and communities.

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The Community Visitors Scheme aims to enrich the lives of socially and/or culturally isolated residents in Aged Care facilities and Home Care recipients living in the community. This is achieved by matching care recipients one to one with a volunteer visitor who commits to visiting a minimum of once a fortnight.

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Tangentyere Council is the major service delivery agency for the 18 Housing Associations known as ‘town camps’ in Alice Springs.

Baby Capsule Hire

Baby capsules for transport of infants up to six months of age are available for hire to families.

 

Families Playgroup

Social and recreational activities are provided for infants,toddlers and preschool children from 0 to 3 years old and for their parents or carers.

 

Three-Year-Old Kindy

Social and recreational activities are provided for three-year old preschool children.

 

Toy Library

A family lending library of educational toys and equipment that are fun to play with and assist infants’ and children’s cognitive, perceptual and physical development.

Toys and party packs can be hired for special events.

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CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory.

The organisation provides counselling and other support services in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Tiwi, Wadeye, Nauiyu, Jabiru, Maningrida, Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Ltyentye Apurte, Finke, Titjikala, Indulkana and Ali Curung.

The Intensive Family Preservation Service aims to keep children safe and living at home following identification of safety concerns.

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ASYCC creates opportunities for everyone to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.  Provide affordable sport & recreational activities in a safe, clean, and inviting environment for people of all ages through sound business and management practices

The Centre prides its self in promoting an active lifestyle for people of all ages. We have a membership of over 700 from 0-70+.

We offer a range of recreational activities, seven days a week, to the wider demographic of the Alice Springs community. The Centre has successfully operated from a group of old buildings (some dating back to 1947). Our members reflect the population of Alice Springs, everyone is welcome. Some activities attract a fee to cover operational costs, but only survive because they are facilitated by volunteer instructors. If these core activities, and others from hiring the facilities, did not exist the ASYCC would not be able to remain functional, and provide the many vital public access opportunities for sport and Youth social interaction.

The Centre has the following areas: a large dance studio, which is now the home of the Greatorex Public Service Gym; Agnes East Gymnasium (gymnastics and circus space); boxing shed; martial arts dojo; and recreational hall in addition to its outside facilities. Individuals and groups are catered for with a range of classes; including gymnastics, boxing, 5 disciplines of martial arts – all taught by qualified instructors. The recreational hall provides pool tables, TVDVD player and also caters for refreshments from a canteen area. There is a boxing shed with boxing bags, weights and even a ring where Alice Springs boxing champions James Swan, Jason Lord and Henry Collins have inspired local children.

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Tangentyere Council is the major service delivery agency for the 18 Housing Associations known as ‘town camps’ in Alice Springs.

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Wadeye Safe House provides emergency accommodation and support for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.

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Somerville Community Services is a non-government, not-for-profit youth, family and community welfare organisation. Somerville prioritises and advocates for access to resources that will help disadvantaged Territorians to improve their circumstances and provide essential services to the community.  Moving Forward has 8 modules which cover the following subjects:  Smart Money 1 – Budget and savings; Housekeeping Tips and Tricks; Smart Money 2 -Credit and Debt Management; Self Care Tips for your Mind, Body and Soul; Smart Money 3 – A roof overhead-Sustainable Tenancy; Creative Shopping Tips and Tricks; Tips and Tricks to finding and sustaining employment and training; Tips and Tricks of Parenting.

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GROW Support Group

Provides self-help and support groups for adults with mental health or emotional problems. Groups follow a structured program and provide support for participants in a positive and non-threatening setting. GROW groups are voluntary, anonymous, confidential and non-denominational.

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DCLS is a free, confidential service. We assist disadvantaged members of the community to protect their legal rights. We work towards a community where everyone has access to legal advice and support. We seek to challenge unjust laws and procedures, and to ensure that people are aware of their legal rights.

 

General Legal Service

The General Legal Service can provide free legal information and advice on most non-criminal matters including:

  • employment
  • credit and debt
  • social security (Centrelink) rights
  • discrimination

 

Tenants’ Advice Service

Provides information, advice, advocacy and support for tenants on all tenancy and related legal issues.

The TAS works to:

  • Advise you on problems you are having with your landlord or real estate agent.
  • Negotiate and advocate on your behalf with your landlord or real estate agent.
  • Assist you with advice, documentation and in some cases representation before the Norther Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NTCAT).
  • Talk to your community group or organisation about tenants’ rights
  • Undertake activities to improve legislation and policies for residential tenants in the Northern Territory

 

Seniors and Disability Rights Service

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service is based in Darwin and regularly visits Katherine, Nhulunbuy and other locations across the Top End of the NT as required.

The Seniors and Disability Rights Service assists older people or people with disabilities and their representatives who:

  • want to know about their rights and how to obtain them
  • receive Commonwealth funded aged care services in residential facilities

 

We also provide:

  • community awareness and education activities
  • factsheets
  • systemic advocacy, policy and law reform work
  • NDIS planning and appeals support
  • information, education and referrals through our Elder Abuse Information Line (1800 037 072)

 

 

 

 

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