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International Volunteer Day Breakfast

Volunteer Breakfast invitationInternational Volunteer Day is celebrated on 5 December and here at Rise we would like to say thank you to our volunteers by hosting a breakfast.

On Friday 27 November from 8am – 10am, we will be meeting at the Dome in Mundaring for our volunteers to come and enjoy some delicious food.

Download your invitation here or to RSVP, please contact Tash on 6274 3723 or email Natasha.zeplin@risenetwork.com.au.

Your Invitation to Rise’s 2015 Breakfast Annual General Meeting

Please join us at our next BREAKFAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, celebrating our achievements during 2014 to 2015. Time, Day & Date: 8am, Friday 30 October 2015 Location: Helen’s Place, 12 Leslie Road, Middle Swan WA Transport can be booked from Wahroonga, 2 Craig Street, Mundaring...

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Volunteer Update: A Quick Catch Up, New Volunteers and International Volunteer’s Day


On Friday, 18 September I caught up with a few of our volunteers at Wahroonga to see how they are going in their respective roles. It was a great session and there was plenty of positive feedback, along with new volunteer referrals from their family and friends. Thank you to everyone who attended and gave feedback and stories to the Rise Volunteer Program.

International Volunteer Day Breakfast

I’m also excited to announce that Rise will be hosting the International Volunteer Day Breakfast at Mundaring Dome this year. The date is yet to be confirmed but I will inform all our volunteers closer to the date.

New Volunteers

On behalf of Rise, I would like to also welcome some new volunteers who have joined the team recently.

  • Vera Aspinall – Bus Assistant
  • Trevor Harrison – Aged Care Driver
  • Anna Jorgnsen – Aged Care Day Centre Assistant
  • Sarah Bogdanich – Aged Care Driver

If you have any questions about Volunteering at Rise please contact myself (Natasha) on 6274 3700 or email Natasha.Zeplin@risenetwork.com.au.

Natasha Zeplin
Volunteer Coordinator

An Increase of Student Placements at Rise

_Lance-Chicote-Sept-2013-Pictures-194 2Over the past two months Rise has had an increase in student placements in Aged Care and People with Disability programs.

Thank you to all those staff that make this process possible, we have had very positive feedback from the tertiary providers regarding the students placement.

If you know of a student who is interested in any of our service delivery points and requires placement please contact the HR team on hr@risenetwork.com.au or call 6274 3723.

Volunteer Update: Welcome New Volunteers and Developing a Volunteer Strategy

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Welcome To Our Volunteers!

We value our volunteers and appreciate the contribution they make and so it excites when we get to welcome new ones into the team! Please welcome:

  • Vanessa Ha – Aged Care Kitchen Assistant
  • Christopher Nicoloff – Rise Board Member
  • Roseanne Quinn – Aged Care Activity Assistant
  • Tony Archer – Aged Care Driver
  • Stephen Greenwood – Aged Care Driver

New Volunteer Strategy

The Human Resource Team has been hard at work developing our 2015 Volunteer Strategy which includes developing the volunteer programs into Rise divisions. Over the next six months, four new programs will be rolled out:

  • Kira House Tutors
  • Disability Lifestyle Mentors
  • Mental Health Peer Support Course Volunteer
  • Mental Health Program Volunteer

These roles will be in addition to our existing volunteer services. If one of these volunteer programs sounds intriguing, keep your eye out on future vacancies posted via our website, social media pages or e-newsletters when we advertise for these positions.


Would You Like to Volunteer at Rise?

Rise has many exciting volunteering programs to choose from. If you have any questions about Rise’s Volunteer Programs please contact our friendly Volunteer Coordinator Tash Zeplin on 6274 3723 for a chat.

Manuel and Jamil’s Volunteering Adventures with Conservation Volunteers WA

Manuel and Jamil planting trees with Conservation Volunteers WA.

Conservation Volunteers WA have two new volunteers, Manuel and Jamil. These enthusiastic individuals are from Rise’s Individualised Services and volunteer once a week.

They began volunteering in November last year. Both love the outdoors and have an interest in the environment. When Manuel and Jamil expressed wanting to volunteer, they were welcomed to take part in many conservation projects. These included planting, protection of endangered species and land care.

The guys have met many other volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds who have a variety of skills.

A big thank you to them both for looking after our beautiful land come rain or shine!

Sophie Bennett
People with Disability Team Leader

Rise Celebrates Staff and Volunteer Mid-Year Event at Midland Town Hall

Rise staff and volunteers celebrate their mid year event at Midland Town Hall

The Rise Social Club hosted its Mid Year event on Friday, 12 June at the Midland Town Hall for staff and volunteers.

It was a day of delicious food and a fun quiz- where everyone’s competitive side emerged!

Thank you to everyone who attended, there were so many laughs, great company and excellent prizes! Also thank to you Midland Town Hall for the opportunity to host our event here again.

We look forward to our Christmas Party in December where we hope to see even more staff and volunteers attend to celebrate the hard work and achievements throughout the year.

To view photos, visit our photo album here.

Centenary House’s Annual Fashion Parade


Models behaving like divas, dressers run off their feet and a glamorous evening wear section were the highlights of Centenary House’s third Annual Fashion Parade.

A packed house watched as glamazons paraded the many donated wares.


There were a few tense moments as we wondered how far Rise Volunteer John Lyons would take his Chippendales routine but the audience was spared and rallied round with hot tea and delicious cakes.

An enormous success!

Justine Colyer, CEO

Rise CEO Justine Colyer takes part in CEO Sleepout 2015!


Rise CEO Justine Colyer at last year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer is once again donning her stylish beanie and PJs combo to spend a night under the stars (and most likely rain) to raise funds and awareness for homelessness for this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Every year since it started in Western Australia, Justine has taken part in the CEO Sleepout.

This year, the CEO Sleepout will take place on 17 June 2015 at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground.

Last year, 1104 CEOs and their 8129 supporters raised a whopping $1,349,508!

While she would love a donation to help reach her goal of $5000 here, she would also be delighted if you could promote the event and encourage more CEOs to take part. “We want to get a total of 120 CEOs participate and exceed last year’s stellar effort of $1.2 million with my personal commitment to raise $5000”, said Justine.

“It’s gone from a handful of people taking part in the first year to a massive nationwide event with a high level of media interest as VIPs dust off their PJs for a night under the stars to raise money and awareness about homelessness – still a major issue for our State”, said Justine.

WA now has 111 CEOs signed up and a total of $89,427 raised.

If you would like to support Justine, visit her personal page here.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2015

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To open National Volunteer Week with a bang, the Rise Human Resource Team hosted an Appreciation Lunch for our wonderful and dedicated volunteers and our amazing staff who work alongside them. National Volunteer Week takes place this month from 11 to 17 May 2015, with the theme “Give Happy, Live Happy”.

The event was full of laughter, good food and plenty of funny stories to be shared. A big thank you to Thilini, Nita, Eve and Fiona who assisted me throughout the event, everyone walked away having a wonderful day.

To all our volunteers, another big thank you and we look forward to another great year ahead!

Natasha Zeplin
HR Officer