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Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week full of colour and fun

Mental Health Week 2017 was full of colour and fun as Rise took part in several events.

Rise has a Mental Health Team who support people to live a great life.

During Mental Health Week Rise was at many events, talking about our services and promoting ways to stay healthy.

Mental Health Week

The week began with a stand at Midland Community Mental Health. Here there was a big focus on the importance of peer work and mental health recovery.

On World Mental Health Day, Rise sponsored a Celebration stall in Forrest Place. It was a colourful stand complete with giant Jenga, fresh flowers, fake grass and a wellness activity.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Mental Health Deborah O’Neill stopped by to learn more about Rise and all that we do. We spoke to hundreds of people over the day and we hope our stand made them smile.

Zoo visit

On Wednesday our Mental Health Explore Group took a special visit to Perth Zoo! This event was generously funded by WAAMH. Support worker Kerryn said it was a great day out for both the staff and clients, with the weather holding out.

The highlights were definitely the elephants and the meerkats. Some of our clients hadn’t been to the zoo since they were kids. The longest was 25 years for one client!

Mindfulness event

Rise staff focused on being mentally healthy by having a mindfulness session. Many staff really appreciated this and the mental health team will do this together once a month going forward.

Rise staff also joined Midland Community Mental Health for lunch, where some of the team won prizes in a raffle. There was a speech from the Psychiatrist at MCMH focusing on recovery and how we all need to have hope in our recovery journey.

later in the week we also had a stall set up at St John of God in Midland where again there was a lot of interest in what we do. What a busy week!

Rise Mental Health

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

school holidays

Action-packed fun at Rise these school holidays

These school holidays the youths at Stratton Edge Youth Centre enjoyed an action-packed two weeks.

With help from two external agencies, there was fun activities on offer nearly every day.

School holiday fun

During the first week of the holidays, there was go-karting, skating, basketball and pizza! The PCYC Bus also rolled onto the Stratton oval with their party bus, music booming, sumo suits ready for battle and sports equipment.

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said a full bus load of young people visited Kart World in Belmont.

Let’s just say one of our youth workers thrived, and the other only just survived! Following this we went to the Belmont Skate Park so our young people could work on their tricks for the upcoming Skate Competition.

The young people had some great success landing tricks they had been working on for a long time.

Later that week the Child and Parent Centre were at John Stone Park shooting some hoops with the young people. They also provided a sausage sizzle lunch.

The action continues

Week two of the school holidays was no less fun! Our friends at PCYC and the Child and Parent Centre returned to entertain and wear out the young people with their fun activities. Skye said a group also visited Bounce in Cannington.

There is a very cool ninja zone with a  tricky obstacle course, our young people burnt all their energy bouncing around and absolutely smashing the course. We then went for a Subway lunch and went back to Belmont Skate Park, because no amount of scootering is ever enough!

One of the final activities for the holidays was a Keys for Life Workshop. The full day workshop helps young people get their learner’s permit. Nine young people passed their test and left feeling proud of themselves and ready for the licencing centre.

Rise Youth services

Rise 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.

Rod Thiel Mental Health Week

Student takes part in Mental Health Week

A student currently on a placement with Rise’s Mental Health Team is excited to be part of Mental Health Week.

Mental Health Week runs from 7-14th October and Rise is taking part in several events.

Peer Worker course

Rod Thiel attended an information session about our Peer Work course last year.

He said he started the course with little knowledge about peer work or mental health.

The facilitation and group discussion made it a wonderful learning environment.

This course gave me the knowledge and motivation to go on and study for my Certificate IV in Mental Health.

During my studies l was able to refer back to knowledge gained during Peer Work course which reinforced my understanding, allowing me to apply these principles to new learning situations.

Mental Health Week

Rod has been helping us man stalls as part of Mental Health Week. He said he was looking forward to meeting new people and providing information that could help them.

Currently l am doing my work placement with Rise which coincides with October Peer Work course commencing. This will allow me to attend the information day being on hand to answer any questions and generally chat with those attending.

If someone had said to me 12 months ago l would be here now, l would have said ‘not possible’, but here we are.

Rise Mental Health Services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

bike youth dismantle donation

Donated bikes to be put to good use

Thanks to the generosity of Dismantle, two youths will soon be able to travel to school by bike.

The Rise Youth Team recently received two restored bikes for young people who are engaged with the Rise Youth Justice Mentoring Program.

Bikes generously donated

Youth Outreach Officer Michelle Kenny said her team wanted to give a massive shout out to Darren, Jono and all the crew at Dismantle. They chose our youth program to be the lucky recipients.

It would not have been possible without the hard work put in by the talented students from the Malibu School, who worked really hard alongside their mentors from Dismantle, to assemble and refurbish the bikes.

The bikes will be donated to young people who require a bike to get to and from school. They will provide the young person with a mode of transport and it will also support the young person to exercise, supporting them to get fit and stay healthy!

The bikes were presented to Rise at this year’s Abilities Expo, which took place at the Crown Exhibition Centre.

Rise Youth

Rise 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.

bellydancing

Bellydancing brings joy to young people

Our young clients are learning bellydancing as part of a full program of activities.

Bellydancing gets youths moving

Rise runs lots of different activities for clients. At the Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield one of the options we have is bellydancing classes!

These classes are run by Rayya from Bellydance by Rayya. They are particularly popular with the young women.

The group was recently spotted shaking their hips to Shakira.

Aged Care Coordinator Skye Stevens said bellydancing was a fun way to get moving.

We have a range of fun things for our people to take part in. From bellydancing to craft, trips to the movies and excursions, we have something that appeals to everyone.

Rayya is a fantastic bellydancer and it is nice to see someone so passionate passing on their skills to others.

People with disability

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Rise gets training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Rise staff recently got training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and how we can better support clients.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Known as FASD, this disorder is used to describe the physical and/or neurodevelopmental disorder that can result from fetal alcohol exposure.

People affected by FASD often display developmental delay and issues with language, memory and attention.

More children are born each year with FASD than with autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and SIDS combined.

Training on FASD

Robyn and Neil from NOFASD recently delivered training on the disorder to our youth and mental health teams.

Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan said the training was helpful for staff.

This training gave staff an insight into the disorder, the effects on the individual with FASD, the challenges involved and how we as workers can respond better to support individuals with FASD.

After the training we all came away with new ideas and strategies on how we can best support our clients.

We would like to thank Robyn and Neil for their time and for passing on some of their expert knowledge and skills.

Rise Youth

Rise 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.

Youth Open Day

Youth Centre Open Day proves a success

The local Stratton community recently came together for an Open Day, building strong community ties.

Earlier this month the Stratton Edge Youth Centre, Stratton Community Association and other groups gathered at the Youth Centre.

The joint event was run by City of Swan and Rise, who operates the Youth Centre.

Open Day

There was music, food, stalls, competitions and activities for all ages. There was also candy floss and a tattoo machine!

PCYC had their entertainment activities set up on the oval too.  Young people were showing off some amazing skills and tricks on BMXs and scooters.

Rise Youth Worker Caius Ghinescu said it was good to see people coming together.

This event offered an excellent perspective to the public on what the youth centre stands for and on the support we offer the young people attending. It was a pleasure to see the people’s enjoyment during this event.

There was also plenty of enthusiasm from our friends at City of Swan.

Shona Mackay helped organise the event and said it went smoothly, with great feedback.

The Open Day went really well and we had heaps of families come by. Definitely something I think we should look at doing yearly in Stratton.

Rise Youth Services

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.

disability conference

Rise shines at WA NDS disability conference

Rise staff had a wonderful time learning and engaging at the WA NDS disability conference this week.

The NDS WA Conference was on 11 and 12 September at Crown.

Disability conference

Rise was proud to be a major sponsor of the disability conference.

We had a stand in the exhibition hall, as well as a number of conference delegates. We had good attendance at our booth. We gave out a lot of flyers, resources and promotional items.

A large range of speakers shared their knowledge and experience about the sector.

This is a time of significant reform in the sector with the full roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on 1st July.

General Manager Service Delivery Helen Dymond said Rise was proud to be sponsor.

It’s a pleasure be a part of such an informative and engaging conference.

Hamper winners

As part of the Rise stand, we ran a raffle. The prize was a delicious hamper filled with yummy snacks. The luck winner was Beth from Uniting Care West. It was great to see so many friends from the sector and it was a good chance for our staff to network.

There was good attendance at our booth and we gave out a lot of flyers, resources and promotional items.

Rise disability services

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.

cook peter anderton

New social centre cook gets five star reviews

The new cook at Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield is getting the thumbs up from our members.

From July 1 Rise took over Home and Community Care (HACC) services. These were previously run by City of Kalamunda.

New cook on the block

Cath Masters was appointed to run the kitchen in July. She has been impressing our members ever since!

Cath loves cooking a variety of food for morning and afternoon teas, and lunch.

I’m definitely a desserts person and love to bake cakes and biscuits. My favourite dish to cook though is lasagna, I’m a big pasta fan.

Program Coordinator Wendy Grivell said food was important for everyone. She said some simple changes at the centre made for a more enjoyable dining experience for members.

We are about showing people that we care and they are special. We’ve got new tablecloths, plates and staff sit down with members to eat.

Cath loves cooking slices, cakes and scones, as well as petite fours. A lot of people said they have already put on weight and will have to start watching their figure!

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for the aged, people with a disability, mental health and youth. For more information visit our website.

Ken Wyatt visit Peter Anderton

Minister Wyatt joins in the fun at Peter Anderton

Last week Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM dropped by Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield.

The Minister met clients and staff, having a great afternoon singing around the piano.

Minister Wyatt drops in

The Minister announced funding for a range of organisations. Rise received $465,337 in Federal funding for the expansion of home maintenance.

The total amount of funding announced for WA was $2.1million. This is for the State’s Home and Community Care (HACC) program.

The funding is part of a $309 million commitment to the Home and Community Care program across WA, including $187.9 million from the Australian Government and $121.7 million from the WA Government.

Peter Anderton Centre

Rise began delivering City of Kalamunda’s HACC services from July. The Shire’s existing 725 HACC recipients, staff and volunteers were given the opportunity to transition to Rise.

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for the aged, people with a disability, mental health and youth. For more information visit our website.