Darwin Community Legal Service
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:
- credit and debt
- social security (Centrelink) rights
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
- 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)
Darwin Skills Development Scheme (DSDS)
Darwin Skills Development Scheme Inc is a community based not for profit organisation that is the Sponsor for Project Employment, the Indigenous Employment Program, and Emergency Relief funds.
We believe that everyone has the right to engage in meaningful work, to fulfil their potential as citizens and participate equitably in their community Disability Employment Services A specialised employment service providing placement, training and support in the open labour market for young people and adults with disabilities. Various free services individually tailored for job seekers, employees and employers are provided.
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.
Disability Advocacy Service
Disability Advocacy Service Inc. (DAS) provides individual and systemic advocacy dependent on issue and magnitude. DAS offers a free and confidential service to persons and families with disability defending and protecting the rights of all.
Persons are supported and empowered to exercise their own rights in accordance with the NT Disability Advocacy Standards inclusive of Disability Service Act and Standards.
Due to COVID-19 our office is by appointment only, to make an appointment, clients can call (08) 8953 1422 or the CEO on 0439458150 Janet Wright.
DAS can no longer transport clients. DAS can no longer have more than 2 people in a physical meeting.
The PEER Support Programs are suspended but may be made available On Line in the future.
The Royal Commission is suspended, but we can still assist via phone or by appointment.
NDIS assistance is still available on line or via the phone.
The Self-Advocacy Tool Box will be available on line.
Access to the 1-800 RESPECT Website can still be arranged.
If you have an urgent advocacy matter, please contact us at the above numbers.
Disability services and Support Organisations
Blue Wing’s mission is to empower and enable individuals and families so they have room to breathe and feel relief. We are aware of all the daily challenges and fears you overcome, based on our own experiences. Our staff respect each client and know that every disability is not the same. All of us struggle with very different circumstances and situations. We don’t want you feeling isolated or going through depression alone. Our staff will be there for drop-in supports for you to maintain living in your ideal lifestyle. We will help you get the equipment you might not even know you need or have access to and help you engage with the community. You will also be helped with maintaining a healthy physical and mental lifestyle.
Disabled Sports Association
Disability Sporting Activities
Provides opportunities in athletics, cycling, swimming, pistol shooting, archery and lawn bowls for people with disabilities. A local wheelchair basketball competition is also available.
Introducing Clients into Sport
The Association assists people with disabilities to participate in sport by networking with other sporting organisations. Members can be provided with opportunities to participate in the National Disabled Championships.
Down Syndrome Association of the NT
Support and information is available for people with Down Syndrome, their families and carers. Community education workshops promote awareness, resources and skills development to students, families schools carers and health professionals in relation to the health and wellbeing of people who have Down Syndrome.
Enable Opportunities primarily focused on serving Alice Springs and Greater region for the NDIS-funded customers in Supported Independent Living, respite and community participation.
We work with people to enable them to live meaningful lives and realise their potential. As a registered NDIS provider, we help people maximise their NDIS plans and provide tailored support designed to enable people to really thrive.
Our services Supported Independent Living – Assistance with daily personal activities, Assistance with travel/transport arrangements, Assistance with daily life tasks in a group or shared living arrangement, Household Tasks, Participation in community, social and civic activities and Participation in community, social and civic activities. We welcome you to get to know us better and experience the difference.