Community & the Arts
Darwin Toy Library
Darwin Toy Library is a community based organisation located in the Darwin suburb of Marrara, Northern Territory. toy lending service in Marrara. The service offers information on parenting, toys and equipment for parents, carers and community members to promote the learning, development and wellbeing of children in Darwin.
Dementia Australia NT
A peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.
Carer Education Program
Carer education is designed to support family carers in their caring role. By learning about dementia and its impacts on the person with dementia, participants will have a better understanding of the effects of the disease.
These presentations promote risk reduction and increase public awareness about memory loss with community education sessions delivered direct to various community groups. All groups are welcome and specific topics can be catered for.
Designed for Aged Care Workers employed in residential, community and flexible aged care services, the Dementia Care Essentials III and Dementia Care Essentials IV Advanced provides quality training in, and workforce assessment of Competency in CHCAC319A and CHCAC416A.
The major goal of the Service Access Liaison Officer (SALO) is to deliver dementia information and risk reduction strategies to people within rehabilitation or correctional facilities within the NT. The program incorporates the Your Brain Matters 5 simple steps to maximise your brain health https://www.yourbrainmatters.org.au
Stepping Out Program
These groups provide a weekly Day Respite Service to families of people with dementia. Group attendance encourages the maintenance of skills and abilities within a social context.
The social support program provides group-based and individualised practical help for people with memory problems who live alone, may not have family or social support locally and are not receiving community aged care packages.
Carer Support Groups
Designed to support carers, these groups offer opportunities to network with other carers, share experiences and develop new skills.
Living with Memory Loss
This comprehensive information and support program is for people who have recently been diagnosed with memory loss or dementia and their family member or friends.
Come along and join in, this group invites members of the general public to engage in a variety of stimulating mental exercises, puzzles and games designed to maintain and sharpen cognitive abilities and memory.
Safe Return Program
A unique program, it can give peace of mind if the person you care for tends to wander from home. This program is conducted in partnership with the NT Police.
YOUNGER ONSET DEMENTIA KEY WORKER PROGRAM
Dementia can occur at any age.The YODKW program provides individual support and services to improve the quality of life of those living with younger onset dementia, their families and carers. The program can assist a person to obtain a diagnosis, navigate and understand services, including the NDIS, and prepare organisations to meet the unique needs of this group.
Relate, Motivate, Rehabilitate
This service is a fee paying service whereby Dementia Australia NT can provide sessions of individual social support for people with dementia who are currently residing in hospital or a residential care facility.
Marie Gray Library, Darwin and Hazel Hawke Library, Alice Springs
Dementia Australia NT maintains two specialist libraries including books, research papers, journals, magazines and DVDs. Become a member of Dementia Australia to access library resources.
Advocacy and Your Rights
Be aware of your rights, be assured of our confidentiality and be supported at all times throughout your involvement with Dementia Australia NT.
EqualiTEA – Training, Employment, Activities
We provide training, employment and activities for people with disability, to help them get their dream job.
We work with a person, exactly where they are. We work with you to determine your individual readiness for work, your employment goals and then come up with a plan, just for you!
We can support you to:
- Explore potential careers
- Study or train to get your dream job
- Support you to gain skills to start a micro-business
- Offer you a paid, volunteer or work placement with our community partners
- Create a placement with you in one of our scalable social enterprises, or work with you to start one
- Connect you with future employees
- Connect you with peers in the same boat as you
Gap Youth & Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation
The Gap Youth and Community Centre is a grass roots organisation which was established in 1977 by the local Aboriginal Community. The organisation’s central goal is to provide a safe place for young Indigenous people and their families. Gap Youth has a high level of understanding of the youth context and a long history of delivering programs for young Aboriginal people in Alice Springs.
After-school is available to assist parents of primary school children attending local schools.
Social and recreational activities are provided for infants and preschool children and their parents or carers.
Seniors’ Leather Workshop Group
Aboriginal elders meet to make leather goods.
Sport & Recreation
A sport & recreation program provides a range of activitiesincluding basketball, pool, table tennis and a drop-in centre with internet cafe facilities for children, young people and their families.
Stay Strong Women’s Group
A group focusing on issues of concern for young and adult indigenous women.
Various holiday programs assist parents by providing recreational activities for primary-school children.
Youth Homelessness Program (Reconnect)
A preventive early intervention program for 12 to 18 year olds and their families where the young person is homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program seeks to improve relationships where the youth is becoming disconnected from their families, school or work and where there is a risk of their leaving home prematurely without family support.
As an independent, membership-driven, not-for-profit association, we work with our members to support and strengthen AOD service delivery for people who experience harmful substance use in the NT.
Our mission is to build and maintain a strong, sustainable and culturally diverse Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector that works together to reduce alcohol and other drug related harm across the Northern Territory.
A program for adolescents wanting to look at issues relating to their misuse of alcohol and/or other drugs.
Alcohol or Other Drug Support Program
Provides support and assistance primarily for families and individuals affected by alcohol or other drugs, but is also suitable for people experiencing stress related to any life situation such as divorce or separation.
Children & Adolescent Support Program
A support program for children and adolescents 5 to 18 years old living in families where there is alcohol and/or other drug misuse.
Age-appropriate groups are provided.
An innovative program for young people & adults and male & female prisoners that teaches about relationships, team building and communication through drumming.
Managing Your Life Program
Offers separate groups for adult males and females wanting to make changes in their lives relating to their misuse of alcohol and/or other drugs. The Program is also suitable for people experiencing stress related to any life situation such as divorce or separation.
A program providing up-to-date information for secondary school students about the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. Programs are individually tailored for schools.
Skills for Life
A program for people who have been affected by the drinking problem of a relative or friend.
Ingkintja Male Health 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 hobby activities such as woodwork, leatherwork, car maintenance and painting. A weights room and gym are also available.
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation strives to improve the cultural, social and economic well-being of the Jawoyn people, while always caring for country.
We represent and support the Jawoyn people and country through our human services, land management, cultural and business enterprises.
Emergency relief is available in the form of food vouchers for indigenous singles and families in financial distress.
Jawoyn Association Aboriginal Corporation
Provides human services, cultural & land management programs and business enterprises for the Jawoyn people and indigenous people living on Jawoyn land. Land and parks management programs involve traditional burning techniques and feral animal control. The Corporation also operates as a regional development agency with a strong focus on economic development, enterprise development and the creation of employment opportunities. Business enterprises include Jawoyn Aviation and Nitmiluk Tours. Identification & preservation of cultural sites is also undertaken. The Corporation organises the Barunga Festival and operates the Manyallaluk Art & Craft Centre and the Ghumarn Culture Centre.
Women’s Leadership Program
An annual forum for indigenous women from the Katherine region to recognise and develop leadership opportunities.
The Program also provides a forum under the auspices of the Banatjarl Strongbala Women Grup in which Jawoyn elders and elected representatives meet in alternate months, in their communities, to promote women’s leadership.
Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation
Aged Care Services
Provides aged care services. The service particularly assists Aboriginal elders.
Child care is provided to assist families of infants and preschool children.
Community Aged Care Packages (CACP)
A support service for frail Aboriginal elders who require a range of care services in their own housing. Care provision is developed and monitored through case management to ensure support for those at risk of admission to residential care.
Community Development Employment Program(CDEP)
The program provides unemployed indigenous adults and young people 15 years old or over with employment placement and skills acquisition including accredited training and links to apprenticeships and traineeships. Employment projects and activities are chosen by local indigenous communities or distinct groups of indigenous people within a community. The training wage received by participants is equivalent to the appropriate unemployment benefit.
A housing maintenance workshop that also provides training for local indigenous people who wish to become employed as labourers.
Provides support and assistance for Aboriginal people withdisabilities.
Home Makers’ Centre
The Home Makers’ Centre is provided for local Aboriginalfamilies and individuals.
Julalikari Remote Employment Service (JRES)
The program provides referral to skills training for indigenous adults and young people 15 years old or over who are living in remote indigenous communities and seeking work or require additional skills to carry out their jobs.
Land Management Unit
The unit propagates plants in the Kargaru nursery for supply to people in remote indigenous communities and for sale to residents of Tennant Creek.
The Land Management Unit also provides training for CDEP participants as well as weed-control services for remote indigenous communities and outstations.
Earth-moving machinery is available for hire.
Night Patrol, together with local police, provide a culturally aware program that works to prevent incidents of violence in the town.
Support Services (HACC)
Support services available for Aboriginal people who are frail aged, ill or have disabilities include a home & community care (HACC) program, a home-maker’s program, respite care and supported accommodation.
Training & Employment Services
The program provides skills training for indigenous adults and young people 15 years old or over who are seeking work or require further skills to carry out their role.
Youth Development Program
A drop-in centre providing sporting, recreational & educational activities for young people in the local community. Educational workshops include topics such as alcohol & drugs, health and families. The program also runs a residential program for children and young people 10 to 18 years old where they attend school then stay in safe-house accommodation overnight.
A diversion program is also available where young offenders perform their community service with the centre.
Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia
Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia Incorporated (MCSCA) is a community based organisation whose aims and objectives are to deliver quality confidential services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
MCSCA provides the first port of call with friendly, culturally sensitive orientation and information, and ongoing activities and events to promote harmony in our community.
Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS)
The Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) program is funded by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. The program aims to equip and empower humanitarian entrants, other eligible permanent migrants and their communities to address their settlement needs, in order to improve social participation, economic well-being, independence, personal well-being and community connectedness. The SETS program fills an important gap in the post-arrival period for eligible clients who do not have family and other community supports to rely on.
The program is complementary to the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) and other Commonwealth support to humanitarian entrants and for other vulnerable migrants.
SETS Client Services provides clients with settlement-related information, advice, advocacy, and assistance to access mainstream and other relevant services. Services will be delivered in accordance with a needs-based approach. Typically client needs will align with the nine priority areas identified in the National Settlement Framework.
Facilities for the Multicultural Community
Multicultural groups and incorporated organisations can access facilities at MCSCA and within the Alice Springs Youth and Community Centre Complex at 5B Wills Terrace.
MCSCA has the following facilities:
- a computer suite with scanning and printing facilities and internet access for employment purposes
- meeting space
MCSCA organises or facilitates:
- regular ‘meet and greet’ events to welcome new members of the multicultural community who are settling in Alice Springs
- information sessions with topics of interest to the migrant and multicultural communities of Alice Springs
- seminars and workshops for multicultural groups and associations
- consultations with local, Territory and Australian Government departments on issues of concern to members of the multicultural community
- events linked to specific projects
Alice Springs Youth and Community Centre Complex has additional facilities including meeting rooms, training rooms, a large hall and facilities for community events. Multicultural groups and incorporated associations access these facilities for a range of purposes including meetings, social gatherings, cultural dance practices, choir practices, homework tuition and language classes.
Bookings are essential. Fees apply in most cases. For more information about the application process and conditions of use please call us on 08 8952 8776.
This long running and much loved multicultural playgroup is facilitated by MCSCA and is run in partnership with Anglicare NT.
SusuMama playgroup is an important activity for newly arrived migrant parents and their children. It is a fundamental tool for integration in the Australian community in Alice Springs.
Susumama Playgroup enables parents and children to meet weekly in a convenient and comfortable CBD location at the Alice Springs Youth & Community Centre. This program helps families to make friends and to have fun, enjoying various hands-on activities organised by our enthusiastic and welcoming Playgroup Leader.
Susumama Playgroup is non-religious and non-denominational. All are welcome!
Guest speakers are invited to provide a variety of information sessions to parents and carers. The aim is to facilitate the integration and acceptance of women into the Australian multicultural community covering a spectrum of issues from legal, mother and child, health and mainstream services.
SusuMama Playgroup meets every Monday and Friday at the Alice Springs Youth & Community Centre from 9.30am to 11.30 am. Please contact us for more information and to book in.
Multicultural Grant Program
The Multicultural Grant Program provides support and assistance to the multicultural communities of Alice Springs. The program can also assist individual people from multicultural communities who continue to need help after the initial five-year period of settlement assistance has finished.
The funding from the NT Government provides support for:
- Assistance with settling into Australian lifestyles
- Encouragement of multiculturalism in the wider community
- Encouragement of community participation
- Organisation and participation in community events
- Promotion of integrated services
- Promotion of the use of interpreters by agencies and service providers
- Helping large culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and multicultural communities to form their own incorporated associations
- Seminars and workshops on governance and organising the running of an association
Big Day Out In Harmony
Celebrating the vibrancy of our town with community events like Harmony Day is an important part of MCSCA work, ensuring that Alice Springs is a welcoming place for all.
Harmony Day is a United Nations-recognised global celebration that began in 1999. Officially held on March 21, it coincides with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and has been enthusiastically embraced by MCSCA as a community celebration in Alice Springs in early May. We call this event Big Day Out in Harmony.
MCSCA works with the Town Council to combine their resources to stage Big Day Out in Harmony on the beautiful lawns at the southern end of the Council property. The stage is set like a village green, with performance area, food and drink stalls, family-focussed activities and lots of places to sit down with old and new friends. It is a community celebration of culture and coming together that draws hundreds through its simple message of unity and strength through sharing culture and friendship. The event can also be enjoyed by people who are unable to attend or if they are away from Alice Springs through a live broadcast by the local community radio station 8CCC 102.1FM.
Each year, MCSCA invites all the multicultural groups and associations to participate in the event, to share some of their culture with the wider community. After months of rehearsals, it comes together on a day filled with colours, sounds, fragrances and tastes from across the world.
If you would like to be involved please contact our office on (08) 8952 8776.
Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services – Juvenile Fire Awareness and Intervention Program (JFAIP)
JFAIP is designed to assist families/carers in dealing with individual juveniles who have engaged in fire play, fire-setting or who have lit fires but not committed a criminal offence.