A need to give back to others has led to a new career for an employee at Creative Arts by Rise.
Owen Temple (63) suffered an accident as a truck driver more than a decade ago.
With limited things to do while he was recovering, he thought it might be a good time to help others.
I thought I’ve got to give something back. My next door neighbor works in the kitchen here so we started together.
Owen began volunteering at Creative Arts by Rise 11 years ago. That led to part-time work in 2009, before he began full-time in 2012.
Owen’s main role is in the woodwork room. He helps clients design and complete projects. However, that is not all he does.
I’m the longest serving employee here and I’m a jack of all trades. I’m the fire warden, safety representative, first aider, maintenance and driver trainer.
I love the comradery with the clients. Many of them have been here for the same length of time as me and you build a good rapport. I get enjoyment from seeing clients complete a project.
Despite the long journey from Cockburn each day, Owen has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Hopefully I’ll be here for at least another five years at least.
Creative Arts by Rise
Creative Arts by Rise, formerly Creative And Therapy Activities, is based in Warwick. Numerous activities are held here. These include:
Creative Arts by Rise was formally Creative And Therapy Activities (CATA). CATA merged with Rise in 2016. You can read more about the merger here.