Northern Territory Council of Social Service

Directory

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

Region Serviced
Disability Accessible
Fees
Interpreter services available
Aboriginal Controlled Organisation
NDIS Registered
Eligibility criteria
Age
Disability
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Gender
Referrals
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Men’s Shed

Provides support, friendship and social opportunities for men of all ages. Men’s Shed provides tools and equipment that the men can use for small woodworking or other hobby activities and community projects.

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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 Nauiyu Nambiyu Child Care Centre provides quality child care services that meets the needs of families and communities.

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Intensive Family and Parenting Support helps keep vulnerable families together. Through assertive outreach and case management, families are supported to develop parenting skills, build relationships with their children and strengthen their capacity to keep children and young people safe from harm.

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The Child and Family Contact Service supports children and young people in the care of the Chief Executive Officer of Territory Families to have meaningful and quality contact with their parents and family. Families are supported to develop parenting skills and a safe environment that will help facilitate the return of children and young people into their care.

Where reunification is not possible, children and families are provided with contact opportunities that enhance connection to culture, family and community.

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The NT Housing Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) provides support to people with a mental illness who currently live in Department of Housing and Community Development accommodation. HASI assists participants to maintain their tenancy and also provides psychosocial support to help participants develop life skills that will improve their quality of life.

Referrals are through the Top End Mental Health Service (TEMHS) or the Department of Housing and Community Development.

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Parentline provides free counselling and support to parents and carers of children living in the Northern Territory.

Parentline offers confidential phone and WebChat counselling and support for parents and carers and offers a safety-net for families by providing support when it’s most needed. This includes after hours, weekends, where families may feel isolated and where local services are unavailable.

Whether it’s support for challenging behaviour, relationship with children, co-parenting guidance or mental health help, Parentline is here.

Kids do better when their parents feel supported.

Parentline is here to support parents 8am-10pm, 7 days a week.

Call 1300 30 1300 or visit parentline.com.au

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Volunteering NT is community spirited, inclusive, innovative and promotes a culture of learning. We
work with individuals, organisations and communities who are interested in volunteering to:
• provide a credible and informed voice in volunteering;
• be the centre of knowledge and expertise in volunteering;
• position volunteering as a core component of a high quality of life;
• work with volunteers and volunteering communities to enrich the volunteering experience
• increase volunteering;
• encourage self-reliance in volunteer management, recruitment, retention and recognition of
volunteers.
Volunteering NT provide a range of services including advice to government, training for volunteers
and volunteer involving organisations, volunteer referrals, research and policy development. They are
active in advocacy, promotion, research and development, effective volunteer management and
practices, provision of products and services and developing volunteering pathways.

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Surf Life Saving Northern Territory (SLSNT) is a volunteer-based community service organisation regarded as the peak coastal safety body in the NT, which formed in 1983 and incorporated in 1991.

There are three Surf Life Saving Club’s (SLSC) in the Northern Territory, two in Darwin and one in Nhulunbuy.

 

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GIVIT Listed Ltd connects those who have with those who need, in a safe and private way. Through the GIVIT website, trusted Australian charities are able to request exactly what is needed by their clients. These requests are listed here, where everyday Australians can donate in response. Alternatively, donors can pledge items for donation into our virtual warehouse, a private online portal where registered charities can see and reserve what’s available.

When a need is matched to a donation, the GIVIT portal sends an email to exchange contact details between the donor and the charity. Then, the charity and donor agree between themselves on a delivery option. Once the charity receives the item, it is privately passed onto the recipient. The donor and recipient never meet as, above all, GIVIT Listed Ltd aims to preserve the dignity and privacy of people accessing support.

 

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We provide adults with care, protection and a safe place to sleep 24 hours per day, 7 days 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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Relationship Australia NT has a new service that can help seniors feel more respected and safer. It’s a service for older people who are being neglected, treated badly, are feeling unsafe or worried because they are having problems with their family, friends or carers. Get free help through counselling, assisted family meetings, support and referrals. Support from experienced Aboriginal staff and interpreters is also available. For more information, visit https://nt.relationships.org.au/help_with/senior-relationship-services/

It’s still business as usual for us, although we’ve closed our offices to limit the spread of COVID-19. Appointments will be available via phone and video only.

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Child Wise is a social enterprise that provides child safety training, consultancy and accreditation services to organisations where children and young people spend time. Our purpose is to build the capacity of management, staff and volunteers to keep children safe in their care according to the highest standards. Established in 1991, Child Wise has over 25 years of experience specialising in preventing, and responding to, child abuse. In Australia, Child Wise pioneered the use of Child Safety Standards as a best practice model based on the principles of capacity building and prevention, that aim to create and maintain a culture where child safety is front of mind. We work with organisations of all sizes, across a range of different industries to achieve our mission. 

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ABOUT BALUNU

The Balunu Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organisation focused on the healing of Indigenous youth and people and is based in Darwin, Northern Territory. In particular, Balunu seeks to instil a cultural identity among Indigenous youth at risk through a culturally

appropriate healing program which builds self belief and self esteem whilst assisting Indigenous youth to overcome the wide range of challenges they face as young Indigenous people in today’s society.

Balunu is focused on addressing the social challenges faced by Indigenous people and youth through a healing centred engagement approach. Although the program is Indigenous specific the program has achieved great success with non Indigenous youth who have attended the program.

Through a deliberate and purposeful program Balunu aims to provide hope for Indigenous youth and families by breaking the cycle of disadvantage through good health, education, life skills, opportunity, training, employment and most importantly healing. Identity plays the most crucial factor in strengthening the youth’s sense of self and the healing allows for the individuals to free their pain enough to take advantage of opportunity that exists to move forward in the new world, whilst maintaining a strong connection to culture and identity

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Variety is the children’s charity that provides support through grants for children and families. Grants include items such as mobility, communication and education, equipment and aids. Also includes grants for therapy services including occupational therapy and music therapy.

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Saltbush Social Enterprises (Saltbush) is a not-for-profit organisation that was developed in response to the critical need for opportunities that create prosperity parity for marginalised Australians in the Northern Territory (NT).
We put Indigenous people at the centre of our organisation because we know we cannot achieve employment parity until all people have equal employment opportunities. Our motto is a person with a job is a person with a future. We strive to break down barriers that others do not experience by taking a ‘boots on the ground’ approach.
All programs and activities we deliver including Supported Bail Accommodation, Employment Services, Saltbush Wellbeing Program, and our Accelerated Aboriginal Chefs of Excellence (AACE) have an underlining focus on helping participants with employment opportunities.
Our strength is our unique mentoring product where our focus is to specialise in empowering Indigenous and other marginalised Territorian jobseekers to develop life skills and basic employability skills moving them along the continuum and then connect them to education and employment for a rewarding, meaningful and sustainable working life.
Saltbush also provide counselling.
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BBSSGNT is a suicide bereavement support group for persons over the age of 18 years who have been impacted by suicide loss of a family member, friend or work colleague.  Postvention support (support after suicide) is Prevention. For every incident of suicide, research indicates that at least 135 persons are affected by each incident. This equates to approx half a million people nationally in Australia alone.  The BBSSGNT is an initiative by SabrinasReach4Life based in Darwin. Currently this service is run by volunteers and auspiced by Anglicare NT.

Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of every month between 7pm to 9pm @ Harry’s Place, 1 Willeroo Street in TIWI.

Call 0491311211 for more information.

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SabrinasReach4Life (SR4L)objectives is to be a voice for those with a lived experience of suicide loss and complex grief, and advocate for improvements in the NT suicide prevention, intervention and postvention support.  The Committee networks extensively with not only local stakeholders who have a role in this sector, but also with interstate and international experts in suicide loss and grief. SR4L (previously known as SabrinasRide4Life) was established by Lidia and Michael Di Lembo following the loss of their daughter Sabrina, to suicide.

The focus of SR4L is currently the establishment of the Bereaved By Suicide Support Group NT  which meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month between 7 to 9pm at Harry’s Place, TIWI

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Our robust and evidence-based programs help educate people about suicide with the goal of challenging attitudes and teaching basic engagement and suicide intervention skills.

Local Wesley LifeForce community suicide prevention networks are one of the most effective ways of raising awareness on the issue of suicide, and developing suicide prevention strategies at a grassroots level in towns and cities across Australia.

Wesley LifeForce Memorial Services offer practical care and emotional support for people who have been bereaved by suicide, including family, friends and local communities.

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Migration Support Services

As part of the world-wide Red Cross tracing network, Red Cross tracing in the Northern Territory re-establishes contact between relatives separated as a result of war, conflict or international disaster. Various free-of-charge services are offered, including tracing, the Red Cross message service, family reunion, health & welfare reports and related services. Support is provided to people seeking asylum and living in the Northern Territory while they are awaiting determination of a claim for protection.

Emergency relief is available for any migrant experiencing a crisis, in the form of casework, limited financial assistance and in-kind support. Red Cross provides support and assistance to people who have been trafficked, or who have experienced forced marriage, through the Support to Trafficked People Program. Red Cross also conducts monitoring visits to immigration detention centres in Australia and offshore.

Communities for Children Program

Enables the establishment of community committees in both Palmerston and Tiwi Islands. The committees then allocate funding to a number of local programs to support families and children.

Disaster Response

Operation of the National Registration & Inquiry System

(NRIS) allows concerned relatives to track family members who find themselves caught up in disasters. Australian Red Cross also provides assistance for people affected by emergencies and disasters. Trained staff and volunteers identify those who need counselling & support and provide basic necessities, care and comfort.

First Aid Training

Public courses for First Aid training are available in Darwin at two locations, Katherine and Alice Springs. For all bookings please call 1300 367 428.

Opportunity Shops

Provide financial support to the agency through the sale of second-hand clothing, furniture, household goods & bric-a-brac, all at affordable prices.  Please view our website for NT locations.  https://www.redcross.org.au

Telecross

A telephone support service through which volunteers provide contact with people who are isolated because they are aged, frail or have disabilities or other restrictions. Trained volunteers telephone people in their homes at a pre-arranged time each day to check on their wellbeing. If there is no answer after several attempts, appropriate action is taken.

Remote Holiday Programs

Programs run for school aged children on the Tiwi Islands.

Place Based

Community Development Work in seven locations, with Community Development Officers and Cultural Support Workers assisting the communities to develop solutions and programs that are best for each community. Red Cross is working in Darwin, Galiwinku, Katherine, Daly River, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Tiwi Islands.

Save a Mate Our Way (SAM Our Way)

A Youth focused program with a focus on alcohol and other drugs.

The Shak (Located in Casuarina NT)

A youth centre where compatible programs and organisation can run their activities with youth.

Register of Adult Support Persons (RASP)

A youth justice program of volunteers providing support to young people who are being interviewed by police

Youth Activities

This is on the Tiwi Islands for young people aged from 12 to 25 and include sports on the oval and activities ranging from art and music to film night, barbecues, make-up sessions, games and activities that promote personal development and work readiness.

Kalano Flexible Care

A 16 bed hostel to cater particularly for the Kalano Community in Katherine.

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The Childbirth Education Association Darwin is a community based organisation which provides information and support for women and their families and promotes self- reliance and confidence in pregnancy, birth and parenting.   CEA provide support through education sessions, pre-natal and post-natal exercise classes; library and general resources.  Childbirth Education Association is also a community advocate for birthing services.

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