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Celebrating people Book launch at Rise Community Network

First Celebrating People Book launches

Rise Community Network has launched their beautiful Celebrating People Book 2015-16. The beautiful bound book contains stories and photos of staff, volunteers and clients.

Celebrating People

The organisation’s current vision is Celebrate People. The inaugural Celebrating People Book is a way to bring this vision to life. The book took many months to prepare. There are plans to release a new book every year to share more great stories.

Book Launch

The Celebrating People Book was launched with a small event on Thursday 23rd February. People featured in the book, along with Rise Community Network staff and board members attended.

The book was revealed for the first time, to the delight of those featured.

Rise Community Network CEO Justine Colyer thanked those who appeared in Celebrating People Book 2015-16.

We’re delighted to launch the book which represents Rise’s vision – Celebrate People. We hope this is just the start and there are many more stories in years to come.

Guests enjoyed lunch, before a special cake featuring the front photo on the book was cut.

Celebrating people book launch Rise Community Network


Rise Community Network

Rise Community Network provides services for aged care, people with disability, mental health and youth in the eastern region. Read more here.

Hyperfest 2017 Rise Youth Team

HyperFest stall a hit with youth

Rise Community Network had a stall at HyperFest on Saturday 18 February. The stall proved a hit with teenagers from across Perth.


Hyperfest is a concert run by volunteers. Each year it attracts thousands of teenagers. The line up of artists in 2017 included All Day, Hands Like Houses, Asta, Hockey Dad and Nicole Millar. The concert was held on Midland Oval.

Youth stall

Rise Youth Team and volunteers took it in shifts to man the stall. The stall had a photo booth, giveaways and information. The team dressed as doctors and nurses. Rise Community Network CEO Justine Colyer joined in the fun. They promoted the ‘Dr Love’ concept which is focused on healthy relationships.

Hyperfest 2017 Rise Youth Team

There were two large canvases asking youths to describe both healthy and unhealthy relationships. Rise Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said it was fantastic to see the youths so involved.

The event was brilliant, our stall was jammed with hundreds of young people, having their photos taken, writing on the boards and seeing the doctor for information about relationships – it was a huge success!

Family and Domestic Violence is a real issue amongst our young people, with many of them suffering in silence with no idea where to go or who to talk to. Our friendly stall enabled us to reach out to these young people in a fun way but also to pass on vital information enabling young people to identify abuse and know what help is out there.

Rise Youth

Rise Community Network provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

Rise Community Network client John Pearce Milperra

John Pearce beats the odds to walk again

Rise Community Network client John Pearce is a man who doesn’t give up. And he certainly doesn’t take no for an answer.

Following six months of small turns and tests, John (70) suffered a stroke in June 2014. He was initially told by doctors that he would be bedridden for life.

Following rehabilitation and support from Rise Community Network, John has a sunny outlook on life. He is determined to keep pushing the boundaries. 

Initial prognosis

John spent several months in Shenton Park Rehabilitation Centre before being moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital. He took part in lots of physiotherapy and was determined to meet his goals.

They drained the blood out of my brain. I was on thirty tablets a day and a drip too. My whole left side was affected – my leg, arm, vision and neck. I had to do vision tests and learn to read properly. My voice has come back now. Before this I’d never had an illness in my life.

John said he had a clear goal from the onset.

Therapists always asked what I wanted to achieve and I said it was to get out of my chair and walk. They kept telling me my chances were slim. I said don’t tell me I can’t walk.

Set backs

Several modifications were made at John’s family home in Stratton. Railing was installed throughout the home and the bathroom was renovated. This allows John more independence.

Despite John powering through his daily exercises, he suffered some setbacks. He had a nasty fall while walking. This left him with a fractured bone in his left shoulder. Another time he got an infection which also delayed his recovery.


As well as individual therapy, John also attended group therapy sessions, which he found beneficial. Now, he still has more goals to achieve.

I’m down to three tablets a day. I can get my hand straight and it doesn’t hurt. I’m up to 100m of walking with the aid of a stick. I’m standing much straighter, I used to stoop and my son called me a turtle.

I can just about touch my toes. I’m determined to get my shoes on so I can walk by myself. My favourite saying is ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’.

Help from Rise Community Network

John began attending Centenary House around 18 months ago. The social centre in Koongamia provides activities and socialisation. He attends each Friday and enjoys the social activities. The staff have also seen a vast improvement in his walking. In December 2015 he was unable to walk to collect a present from Santa. In 2016, he did the same walk unaided.

From there he started coming to Milperra. This is a respite home run by Rise Community Network in Mount Helena. He attends every few months and made many friends with other guests.

I love it here, it is like a holiday home. All the staff are very friendly and there is a only small number of guests. I’ve made friends with Rosemary and Ron. It also gives my wife a break.

Rise Community Network Aged Care Coordinator Karen Wittcomb said John was an inspiration to many.

John is so positive and determined. He’s come a long way since we first met him and all the staff at Milperra are proud of what he has accomplished.

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network runs a number of programs to assist with aged care. This includes social centres, respite and home care. For more information click here.

Justin O'Meara Smith

Rise Community Network farewell’s Justin O’Meara Smith

Last week Rise Community Network bid farewell to Justin O’Meara Smith. Justin was Divisional Manager for People with Disability. Justin will be moving on to become CEO of Interchange WA.

Goodbye Justin

Staff had the chance to say goodbye to Justin during a morning tea. Justin said his time at Rise Community network has been amazing.

I am so blessed to have had the chance to work at Rise and receive so much support.

This has helped me to grow both in my professional career and in my understanding of how we as a support organisation help people to achieve their goals and live a great life.

Great support comes from vision, values and AMAZING staff…and truly you are all amazing.

Justin O'Meara Smith

Next chapter

Justin told staff he was excited about the next chapter of his career.

I am so excited about the next chapter in my career knowing a goal has been reached – being a CEO of a values and service based organisation.  Interchange WA is a great organisation and I am very proud to be joining their team.

People with Disability division

CEO Justine Colyer said Justin would be missed:

Justin is greater than the sum of his parts; he was so much more than just the Divisional Manager for People with Disability – he was just about the best kind of colleague to have.

People with Disability Manager Supported Accomodation Karan Cinquina said Justin was a big personality.

You always knew at the end of a meeting if he said ‘just one more thing’ that you were bound to be there for another hour!

Divisional Manager Aged Care Helen Dymond will be overseeing the People with Disability division in the immediate future.

Valentine's Day and Creative Arts by Rise

Valentine’s Day crafts at Creative Arts by Rise

Guests at Creative Arts by Rise are creating Valentine’s Day crafts this week. The crafts will be shared with friends and family to mark the day.

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated as the day of love all over the world. February 14th is the day people show each other how much they love them. The tradition of Valentine’s Day dates back to the 5th century.

Valentine’s Day crafts

Guests at Creative Arts by Rise are creating art for the occasion, including heart-shaped gifts. The activity will be run over the whole week so everyone can have a turn. Seasonal craft activities run each year and include:

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Christmas Day.

Creative Arts by Rise

Creative Arts by Rise is the former Creative And Therapy Activities (CATA). Activities and therapies are provided across a number of suburbs to people of all abilities in a safe and supportive environment. CATA merged with Rise Community Network in 2016. You can read more about the merge here.

Rise Community Network aged care services at Mundaring Mens shed speakers circle

Speaker’s Circle informs on aged care services

Rise Community Network Aged Care staff were guest speakers in Mundaring last week. The staff were invited to the Mundaring Community Men’s Shed Speakers’ Circle on Thursday 2nd February.

Speaker’s Circle

Mundaring Community Men’s Shed run their Speakers’ Circle on the first Thursday of every month. Different speakers attend The Hub of The Hills in Mundaring. President Alan Pope said of the group:

We aim to have a variety of speakers. Topics include health, well-being and general interest.

Guest speakers

The Rise Community Network speakers were Kerryn, Sharlene and Vanessa. The group spoke to an audience of about 25 people. Kerryn gave information on Home and Community Care (HACC) services provided by Rise Community Network. Sharlene told the guests about accessing transport services.

Vanessa gave information on Consumer Directed Care packages. She also spoke about the flexibility of being on a package. Aged Care Coordinator Kerryn Swan said:

The afternoon was a great success. Many of the Men’s Shed members were wanting information to access services from Rise Community Network.

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network provide a number of Aged Care services. Services include domestic care, in home support, dementia support, personal care and more. For information click here.

Rise Comunity Network social centre Wahroonga Tommio Amagasu

Social centre provides creative outlet

Rise Community Network client Tommio Amagasu loves the arts. Mr Amagasu (80) attends a social centre each week and this provides him a creative outlet.

For many years Mr Amagasu  has attended Wahroonga in Mundaring on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A creative life

Mr Amagasu arrived in Australia 25 years ago with his wife. The pair live in Mundaring and have been involved with the arts sector. For many years Mr Amagasu was a volunteer Japanese tour guide for the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He has also been a supporter of the WA Ballet.

Now, Mr Amagasu enjoys painting water colours and listening to music. His Rise Community Network support worker Tomoe Scook is also Japanese. She has been assisting Mr Amagasu for two years. She said:

Tomio loves music, especially Elvis Presley. He likes to paint and draw. He likes to sit with a nice view of the garden and will paint the different seasons.

Social Centres

Wahroonga is one of three social centres operated by Rise Community Network. The centres in Koongamia and Mundaring adapt programs to suit guests. There is transport available to the centres. A healthy morning tea, lunch and dessert are served to guests. For more information click here.

Rise Community Network Youth services school holiday activities

School holiday activities a treat

Activities run by Rise Community Network’s Youth Services proved popular in the January school holidays. While school may be back, the memories will last a lifetime.

A number of different activities were held over the long break. These included indigenous wood burning and a Christmas stocking decoration workshop before Christmas. Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said:

The Christmas Stocking decoration workshop was three days before Christmas. We had some beautifully decorated items. The young people also got a couple of presents to put in the stockings too!

Rise Community Network Youth Services school holidays activities

January school holiday fun

Following the Christmas break, Youth Services ran Water Bomb Blast, which gave the youth a chance to soak the staff. Youth worker Leslie bought in his musical equipment and facilitated a rap song workshop. The young people were encouraged to use their voices to make a group song. Leslie then tweaked the voices to make some crazy sounds.

Rise Community Network Youth Services school holidays activities

Getting physical

For the remainder of the month, the activities were very physical. Activities included:

  • Go Karting
  • Bayswater skate park
  • Fair Game – traditional sports with a twist
  • Kalamunda Water Park

Youth Services

These school holidays activities are just some of the way Youth Services interacts with youth. All activities are free with lunch included. For more information about Youth Services click here.

Rise Community Network Youth Team

Youth team heads to HyperFest 2017

Rise Community Network’s Youth Team is getting ready for Hyperfest 2017. The team will be at the popular youth event again.

Hyperfest is a concert run by volunteers. Each year it attracts thousands of teenagers. The line up of artists includes All Day, Hands Like Houses, Asta, Hockey Dad and Nicole Millar.

Rise Youth Team

Rise Youth Team will be in the markets stalls this year. There will be plenty of giveaways and information. There will also be a photo booth from 12pm-5pm. Come down and meet the friendly team!

Hyperfest 2017

  • 18 February 2017
  • 12pm – 9pm
  • Midland Oval
  • Ages 12+
  • This is a drug, smoke and alcohol free event

Tickets are available from www.hyperfest.com.au


Alderson Place Open Day 27th February

Alderson Place opens in Cockburn Central

Rise Community Network is taking an exciting step forward. A new service hub will be officially opened in the Cockburn area this month.

For many years, Rise Community Network has provided services for aged care, people with disability, mental health and youth in the eastern region.

The opening of the Cockburn hub provides more service coverage across the Perth metro area.

Rise Community Network CEO Justine Colyer said Alderson Place opened on Monday 27th February.

“The opening of Alderson Place is a wonderful step forward in the growth of Rise Community Network,” she said.

“We are delighted to increase our presence in the southern suburbs. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of many people in this region.

Alderson Place is named in recognition of Rise’s former Board Chair, Anna Alderson. She is a person who lived our values. Her passion for community inspired us to name the building after her.

Open Day Activities

Everyone is welcome to attend the Open Day. Activities on the Open Day include:

  • art activities by Creative Arts by Rise
  • a caricature artist
  • face painter
  • sausage sizzle lunch
  • information booths.

Alderson Place Open Day

The opening event will run on:
Monday 27th February
9.30am – 2.30pm (ribbon cutting ceremony at 12pm)
6/1 Merino Entrance, Cockburn Central

Numerous services will be based at Alderson Place including disability and aged care. Non-for-profit organisation Therapy Focus will also be present at the Open Day.