Community & the Arts
Uniting Church in Australia – Northern Synod
Community Services Statement
The Northern Synod endorses the Uniting Church in Australia’s commitment to the people of Australia by supporting individuals, families and communities through effective social policy, advocacy and community service provision.
The Northern Synod commits itself to strongly supporting and working with Somerville Community Services Inc, Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Inc., Congregations and Frontier Services. Synod believes it is important to continually explore other areas of community need.
Social Justice Statement
The Northern Synod supports the Uniting Church in Australia stance on social justice issues. We believe God brings justice to the oppressed and calls on people of faith to care for the strangers and aliens in their midst as they care for each other.
Jesus calls us to be a neighbour to those who are victims of violence, persecution, and poverty. Caring for our neighbour in need is a response to the grace of God.
Jesus reminds us that our love for him is to be expressed in our actions toward each other.
The Gospel calls us to help those who are in need including outcasts and strangers, those who are sick or homeless, and those who are in prison. Our righteousness before God is determined by how we treat these vulnerable people.
We are committed to justice and have a vision of a world where people live together with care and respect.
We believe that Christians are called to bring to life God’s vision for the world, a call we can fulfill in part through social justice advocacy and providing community services to those in need.
We will fulfill the promises made to the nation by the inaugural Assembly.
We will work to uphold human rights, and the safety and well-being of all people.
We will treat all people with respect and dignity.
We will not discriminate against people and we will be culturally sensitive in our language and through our actions.
We will hope and work for a nation whose goals are guided by concern for the well-being of people everywhere.
Veterans Australia NT (VANT)
We are a non for profit organisation representing the veteran community of the Northern Territory
Opening: 3rd Sunday of every month – Monthly meetings
Tuesday mornings 10am-12 Trauma Teddy group
Friday mornings Advocacy services 10am-12pm
Our core values are to:
- promote veterans and families health and well-being
- provide compensation and welfare Advocates who work in the Community of Practise
- represent Territory veterans at NT Government level
- support local schools and other community groups
We conduct regular monthly meetings at Reg Hillier House where issues important to Veterans, serving & ex-serving members of the ADF and their families are discussed.
We also have BBQ get-togethers to invite friends and family to have an afternoon out and a bit of a yarn with fellow vets.
We welcome veteran visitors from interstate to all of our meetings and events.
Initially VVAA (Vietnam Veterans) NT Rural Sub Branch, incorporated in 2001, our priority was to provide support and assistance to the Vietnam veteran community.
Over the course of time we recognised the need to assist younger veterans and their families and changed the VVAA NT Sub Branch constitution to allow membership to all veterans.
As a reflection of this, members felt that a name change would reflect the nature of our membership, so in late 2017 we became Veterans Australia NT. The history of beginning as a Vietnam veterans group will always be valued and remembered.
VANT provides an advocacy services including welfare and compensation assistance.
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation – Nintipulka mitiyaku – Getting smart about media
This program focuses on disadvantaged youth by engaging them with media and technology, in order to allow protect, revive and maintain Indigenous culture, language and knowledge. We also provide media traineeships for young people helping them to become job ready in the areas of graphic design, photography, new media and Arts management
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation – Youth Programs
Reconnect is a program aimed at helping young people aged between 12 and 18 who are at risk of homelessness to feel safe and to re- engage with their family and their community. If it is needed, we help youth find a safe place to live, and help get them back into school, or training or work. We assist young people with boarding school applications and also with the transition if they are successful. We run programs, initiated by the communities, around important issues like problem gambling, youth suicide and healthy relationships.
Nintipulka mitiyaku – Getting smart about media
This program focuses on disadvantaged youth by engaging them with media and technology, in order to allow protect, revive and maintain Indigenous culture, language and knowledge. We also provide media traineeships for young people helping them to become job ready in the areas of graphic design, photography, new media and Arts management.
YWCA Australia – Food for Futures Social Enterprise
Food for Futures is a conference and catering social enterprise which supports the diverse range of programs run in Darwin. The social enterprise aims to support the sustainability of our community programs to support those that need it the most.
By supporting Food for Futures, you and your organisation will be making a conscious decision in effecting social change.