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A monthly publication that informs the community about the good work done by CatholicCare NT

OCTOBER 2021  |  Newsletter
 
Message from the Director
The October newsletter contains stories from Santa Teresa right up to the Tiwi Islands and many places in between. With over 250 staff working across 20 locations in the Territory there are always many inspirational stories to share. We are not short of inspirational staff either; two NO MORE workers, Shane
 
Kerinaiua from the Tiwi islands and Marcus Rosas from Katherine, were recognised at the NT Community Achievement Awards. We are so grateful for the work they do in their communities and we are proud of their achievements.
Jayne Lloyd
Director
Wurrumiyanga NDIS Hub Blessing
On the 1st of October, CatholicCare NT staff, including Jayne Lloyd and Phil Brown, travelled across to Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island for the blessing of the recently completed NDIS hub. The hub, which is located in the old presbytery building, is a place where participants can receive support, learn new skills, and just chill out.

The blessing, conducted by Bishop Charles, was held outdoors, beneath the blooming bush apple tree. The Tiwi women sung and danced at points throughout the blessing. As well as local and visiting
CatholicCare NT staff, the blessing was attended by local NDIS participants and residents of the aged care facility located close by.

Bishop Charles also blessed CatholicCare NT’s new van, which is used to transport participants to and from the hub, and the other CatholicCare NT vehicles. Following the blessing, there was a short staff service recognition ceremony where four CatholicCare workers received awards. Finally, a shared lunch was put on by local staff for all those that attended.  
Bishop Charles blessing the new transportation van.
Above left: Inside the rec room at the NDIS Hub. Above right: The outdoor blessing ceremony with Bishop Charles and Jayne in the foreground. 
NDIS workers and participants in front of the new van.
Staff Service Recognition Awards
Over the year, CatholicCare NT has been awarding and recognising staff for their valued work with the organisation. The certificates have been presented by Director, Jayne Lloyd, at a range of ceremonies across the NT, including Katherine, Santa Teresa, Alice Springs, Berrimah and Wurrumiyanga, the final two of which were attended 
by Bishop Charles. 43 staff members were recognised for between 5 and 9 years of service, 19 staff for between 10 and 14 years, and 5 staff between 15 and 19 years. Two staff members received special recognition for over 20 years of work, Jayne Lloyd at 23 years and Jason Cubillo at 24 years. 
Bishop Charles presenting Jason with his certificate for 24 years of service.
Bishop Charles presenting Jayne with her certificate for 23 years of service.
Jayne and Katherine staff after the presentation in Katherine. 
CCNT Worker Profile - Wokay
Wokay Bourke has been a valued CatholicCare NT worker for over nine years. Her current role is Project Worker within the Taking Action Tackling Suicide (TATS) program. She is based in Pirlangimpi, which is located on Melville Island, the larger of the two Tiwi Islands. Previously known as Garden Point, Pirlangimpi has been Wokay’s home almost her entire life.
 
Wokay has a large family, with many members still in Pirlangimpi. Both her parents were part of the stolen generation, children removed from their families and taken to Garden Point. Wokay’s dad, who was taken from his family at Wadeye, was old enough to remember, and later visit his parents. Wokay's mum was only taken from Pirlangimpi, which meant she was fortunate enough to still have her family around the island and be able to interact with them as she grew up. 

Growing up, Wokay attended school in Pirlangimpi where she remembers being taught by the nuns. Her first taste of life outside Pirlangimpi was when Wokay attended boarding school in Geelong. “The first winter down there, I thought I was going to die,” she recalls. 

Wokay estimates the population of Pirlangimpi to be between 380-400 people. She looks forward to the growth of CatholicCare in the town to meet the needs of the population. There is currently a safe house in Milikapiti, and she hopes a domestic violence facility will be available in the future. Soon, an office will be provided for TATS program workers to work out of. Sports and recreation program workers have recently started in the town and more are expected to join as the program expands. 
As a worker in the TATS program, Wokay is faced with confronting situations often. A large part of her job involves preventing people from attempting suicide and helping people having those thoughts. However, she recognises the meaningfulness of
her work. “It’s a good feeling when you can talk someone to come back,” she explains.

Besides working at CatholicCare NT, Wokay is also a member of the Tiwi Regional Council. She continues to exercise in her free time as she believes in the power that physical activity can have over mental health. “Being fit and active helps your mind to be better and stronger,” she says. 

When asked about working at CatholicCare NT, Wokay says that her favourite part is how much they value their participants. “They care about doing stuff for people and stopping harm, they really care,” she says. This October, Wokay was recognised for her nine years of service to the organisation. 

(Image above: Wokay receiving her certificate for 9 years of service from Bishop Charles Gauci and Sr. Leone Wittmack)
The Media Hub at Santa Teresa
Filming at Santa Teresa’s annual horse races and at a school horse-riding program have been some of the highlights of Simon Bloomfield’s job as an Activity Engagement Officer with the community’s Community Development Program team. InDigiMOB has partnered with CatholicCare NT and is funded for two Activity Engagement Officer positions to support community aspiration for digital infusion.

“It’s fun. I’m learning more stuff all the time,” said Simon, whose ambition is to make music video clips. “I’d really like to be a camera-person,” he said.
The Media Hub team are currently working on a number of projects involving the community, with a COVID vaccination promotion project in local Arrernte language currently taking priority.

“This is a great example of how our activities can be really useful for the community,” says Community Development Program Media Mentor, Josh Tilmouth.
(Above: Simon with his camera)

“Vaccination rates in Santa Teresa are still pretty low, so it is important that we get good messages out to the community,” he said.

The Media Hub team has also been documenting the grassing and upgrade of Santa Teresa’s football oval over the past eighteen months.

“We’ve been here filming all the main events, like turning on the new oval lights,” said Josh.

(Below: Simon and Scott Young filming in Santa Teresa's Community Garden)
“Probably the best bit for our media team was filming the installation of the old goal posts from the famous MCG, which is the Melbourne Football Club’s home ground,” he said.

‘We have a lot of
Demons supporters here, and they are major sponsors of Santa Teresa’s new oval.”

Football and media training have proved to be a great combination for the Media Hub, which has also filmed Indigenous Community Competition games during the season for its own YouTube channel, building a substantial following. The Media Hub have also worked with Indigenous broadcaster Indigenous Community TV (ICTV).  

CatholicCare NT’s Community Development Program provides a range of activities for job seekers to up skill themselves in the remote Indigenous communities of Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte), Titjikala and Finke (Aputula).
Happy Families at Malak Hub
We absolutely love the end of each month because it means we get to co-host our Happy Families event with the Multicultural Council of NT. Happy families is held the last Friday of each month at our Malak Family Hub, led by the family well-being team and supported by wider CCNT staff members. It is a great way to support our community. The purpose of this incredible group is to bring people together, build connections, share food, be entertained and make friends. 

In September we were fortunate enough to host over 80 people including 50 seasonal workers who were over from Vanuatu and Samoa working on the mango farms. We shared food, laughed and were so lucky that our Samoan visitors thanked us with a “Siva Samoa” Samoan dance and song.
Often, families who attend Happy Families are families with limited family and support systems in Darwin, so we spend time ensuring people make connections and develop relationships. Where additional supports are required, our team are able to refer people to the correct places and link them in with suitable supports.

CCNT staff and MCNT staff come together to cook a variety of multi-cultural dishes which are then served to the families. Our team also provide live music, games and entertainment for the children.

We encourage families and individuals to bring new people along each month. We look forward to each month, exploring delicious new food and making new connections and friends. 
Participants spending time outdoors and sharing a multicultural meal.
Pink Ribbon March in Tennant Creek
The ‘Pink Meets Teal’ campaign raises awareness of Breast and Ovarian cancer. This year the Tennant Creek community held a street parade, starting from outside the Northern Land Council office and proceeding to the Civic Hall. Taking part in the parade were a number of decorated vehicles joining in together with a group of over 100 people walking, making for a large, predominantly pink and teal snake winding its way through the streets of Tennant Creek. 
Service providers were on hand to provide information on a range of topics around breast and ovarian cancer. CatholicCare NT staff set up a clothing stand with free clothing to give away to members of the community.

It was a warm and heartfelt event, with some women sharing their personal journeys surrounding breast cancer and promoting early intervention, not only in women, but in men too.
Top: The CatholicCare NT van decorated in pink and teal. Middle left: Decorated cars forming the parade. Middle right: Community members at the clothing stand. Bottom left: Staff dressed in pink and teal. Bottom Right: A presentation by service providers. 
The challenge is for all Australians to stand up and say NO MORE to domestic and family violence.  We need everyone to get involved.  That's why we link arms to show a united stand against domestic and family violence and that together, we can make a difference.       Charlie King AM, NO MORE Founder
Ramingining AFL Grand Final
NO MORE program worker Fred Nortje was invited to attend and umpire the Ramingining AFL Grand Final between Cats (wearing navy blue and white) and Baru (wearing green and yellow) on October 2nd 2021.

(Below: Fred, the Baru and Cats captains, and Gerard Watson, AFL Accredited Field Umpire) 
For workers in outreach roles, events like these are a great chance for community engagement. They allow the community to become familiar with the worker while giving the worker the opportunity
to be involved in community life.

When discussion opportunities present themselves, community engagement is an important aspect in supporting conversations around the topics of family safety, domestic family violence and respectful behaviours.

Fred (above far left), and AFLNT accredited umpire Gerard Watson (above far right), were given time to talk to each team before the match. Gerard spoke about umpires not accepting violent behaviours and abusive language on the field. Fred extended this message by highlighting the important role sport can play in being a foundation for safe communities, the supportive opportunities it provides people who may lack support, and the role models players are for their younger community members.
The match itself was the greatest of spectacles, supported by an electric, positive atmosphere. With two minutes to go Baru were trailing by four points, and commenced an attacking mindset
that saw them score four points in quick succession.

One long range shot cannoned into the goal post leaving the scores tied up at full-time, also leaving the crowd in a frenzy. Two five-minute extra time halves were added – the Cats kicked a goal early in the first of the periods and kept Baru from moving the ball into their forward 50. Baru pushed forward in the second half but only managed to kick the one point with the Cats’ strong defensive efforts effectively sealing the win, coming out champions by five points in front of a huge crowd.

It was one of the most brilliant spectacles of football (of sport), with many players, support staff and supporters commenting on the great spirit the game was played in and the respect shown by all players and spectators.
The game was a major 2021 highlight for everyone in attendance and for NO MORE program worker Fred Nortje, a privilege to be able to attend and an honour to be an active participant in.
 
(Both images above: Fred presenting Spirit of the Game awards to best and fairest players)
AFL in Tiwi
Above: Shane and the boys from Tiwi getting ready for their AFL match. They are saying NO MORE to family violence.
2021 Community Achievement Awards
On Friday the 22nd of October, CatholicCare NT was proud to be represented by two of our workers, Shane Kerinaiua and Marcus Rosas, at the Northern Territory Community Achievement Awards. The purpose of the awards, which began in 2020, is to “recognise, encourage and reward the positive achievements of Northern Territory residents”. 

In their time working as part of the NO MORE program, both men have made great contributions towards spreading the message of saying NO MORE to family violence. Their nominations for these awards show this. 

Shane Kerinaiua is a NO MORE Program Worker on the Tiwi Islands. He was a semi-finalist in the Northern Territory PHN Health and Wellbeing Award. This award “recognises and rewards the efforts of individuals, community groups or small business owners within the Territory who are dedicated to improving health and wellbeing in their communities”. 

Marcus Rosas, NO MORE Project Officer located in Katherine, was nominated for the Inspirational Australians Podcast Local Legend Award. The aim of this award is to “applaud our high achieving individuals who excel in their profession, chosen field of endeavour, volunteering or community service”. 

Phil Brown, General Manager Workforce and Partnerships CCNT, also attended the awards night. Held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, the night was enjoyed by all. 
Shane Kerinaiua with his certificate, Phil Brown, and Marcus Rosas with his certificate.
 NORFORCE Presentation in Alice Springs
On the 4th October Charlie King presented to 40 NORFORCE cadets about family violence. There were 32 men and 8 women in attendance for the one hour presentation. 

There was a Q&A session at the end of the presentation and 10 of those in attendance either asked questions or made statements. 

The general feeling at the end of the session, the second one that NO MORE have presented at, was that the session was informative and the discussion that followed was valuable for those attending. 

Sadly, new Defence Force rules now prohibit photographs being taken. Also, there was no Marching Out ceremony planned as there has been in the past. 

The Defence Force committed to have more talks planned in the New Year. 
Mens Health Summit in Kalkarindji
NO MORE Program worker, Marcus Rosas, and his team leader, Ian Falk, were asked to do a presentation to the Stronger Men’s Group at the annual Kalkarindji Men’s Health Summit on Tuesday 19th October.

Marcus was the Invited Key Note Speaker, addressing a group of around 30 men, by both Page McMillian, Remote Project Manager of Life Education, and Lloyd Griffin, Chief Pilot of Katherine Aviation.

Ian Falk was on hand to answer any questions around Counselling, which was appreciated by all men that came.

A successful outcome is the possible discussion with Gurrindji Aboriginal Corporation about moving towards developing a Memorandum of Understanding with their Corporation, including both NO MORE and FWC.
Top: Marcus presenting a NO MORE session to the group. Bottom: The group saying NO MORE to family violence. 
CatholicCare NT are dedicated to the growth and enrichment of all people in a non judgmental and professional manner and offer a diverse range of personal, social, community and organisational services across a number of locations.
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