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Homeless Connect – Perth

On Wednesday the 14th of November the Rise Youth Team attended Perth’s ‘Homeless Connect’ event held at Russell Square and the Hellenic Community Centre in Northbridge.

The Homeless Connect project is about providing a “one stop shop” of essential and on-going services to homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness. Community groups, businesses and Government offered assistance with housing, medical and dental issues, legal issues, mental health and addiction issues, employment, recreation opportunities, identification issues, electoral enrolment and other services. Personal care services were also offered including showers, haircuts, massage, clothes, craft activities, physical training, book giveaway, entertainment and catering (meals and refreshments were provided through the day).

Over Sixty service providers from government, not-for-profit sector, business and individuals set up the successful “one stop shop” of services with the support of over 100 volunteers on the day. Homeless Connect events have been held in over 220 cities across the United States, Canada and Australia (Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Gold Coast).

Our Youth Team set up and ran a Rise stand in the Hellenic Centre, and spent the day talking to attendees about all of the services Rise has to offer. They were approached by a huge range of attendees with varying personal circumstances, responded to questions and provided information about Rise’s Mental Health, Aged Care, Disabilities and of course, Youth Services programs.

An estimated 600 homeless and otherwise disadvantaged people attended the event, and Youth staff met with and spoke to over 50 guests throughout the day.

Thank you Bankwest

Thank you to Bankwest for Volunteering at Rise – Wahroonga Social Centre in Mundaring.

Wahroonga staff for longer than I can recall have been dreaming of a staffroom. On the 5 October 2012, thanks to Bankwest and Volunteering WA their dream came true. Twenty-seven volunteers from Bankwest rose to the task – armed with sunscreen, hats, brute force and muscle, not to mention a great positive attitude. The Wahroonga rear demountable was transformed into a tranquil, peaceful room of bliss. Fresh paint and new furniture now envelopes the room and we celebrated in style for the Melbourne Cup Day.

The area also now has a fantastic raised garden area, after much pruning and repositioning of railway sleepers. Sanded and sealed table settings, umbrellas and an area for a water feature are just a few of the surprises that greeted staff. The garden beds will become a memorial garden for clients who pass away and give the staff a nice area to reflect and remember.

Another big task that day was the painting of the picket fence that runs the entire frontage of Wahroonga. My thoughts are that the painting crew never want to see either green paint or a paint brush for quite a while.

The Bankwest volunteers worked tirelessly that day – grubby faces and clothes matched perfectly with the happy smiles that donned each and every volunteer. This project could not have gone better.

Take a look at the photographs in our Album.

This is what the Bankwest Volunteers said about the day:

“The satisfaction of completing every task we were given. Meeting new people and seeing the appreciation in the people’s faces.”

“Sense of fulfillment.”

“Team building, fun, and positive.”

“ Working with others to build something that will add value for years.”

“Working with a group to achieve something that will give joy to the people in the facility.”

“Sense of achievement and doing something good for the community.”

“Was wonderful to be able to give back to the community.”

“Really amazed at un-selfish or non-profit activity done by RISE organisation.”

“As the day went on, it was nice to form a connection with the clients.”

“Helping others makes us feel good.”


Thanks Bankwest and everyone who “Gave 1” that day.

Samantha Hrubos

Senior Coordinator Volunteers


The Rise of Life-Enhancing Technology

In the last 20 years, advances in technology have brought unprecedented changes to the way we communicate and interact with each other.

Until recently, many of those who would benefit from it most didn’t—either because the technology was too expensive or too complicated to be of use. The Apple iPad shook things up when it was unveiled in 2010, with its easy-to-use touch screen interface, wireless internet connectivity and plethora of Apps—at a price that made it accessible to millions. In particular, some Apps have replaced devices that cost 10x the price of the iPad, and could only do one task. Although the iPad is the poster-child of ‘enabling technology’ devices, there are other inventions that have just as big an impact for the people that use them.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories of how technology has enhanced peoples lives, and we want to hear yours too.

We’re giving away an enabling device or software worth up to $600—to win, simply tell us how technology has enhanced, or could enhance your life or the life of a loved one. In your story, tell us about the challenges that you or someone else face(d), and what impact technology has had, or could have on your lives for the better. Here’s a story from one of our own staff members about how an iPad has enhanced life for the whole family.

Head over to our Facebook page to enter the competition and share your story.

Rise Wins Business Excellence Award

Justine Colyer (CEO) and Robyn Fitall (Executive Officer) were delighted to accept on behalf of Rise, the Mundaring Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award for a medium/large business on Saturday evening – 4 November 2012.

Justine Colyer said, “This was not an award for a specific program or an individual but a recognition of everything that Rise contributes to the community and the local economy.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be acknowledged and for the team at Rise to be recognised and valued for the work it is seen to be doing in the community.”

Rise at Hyperfest

Our Rise Youth Connections team ran a marquee offering temporary tattooing at the 2012 Hyperfest held at Midland Oval on Sunday the 7th of October.

‘Hyper’ is a youth arts series based within and provided by the City of Swan, best known through its nationally awarded and acknowledged all-ages music festival ‘HyperFest’. HyperFest is their major all-ages Music and Arts Festival. Hyper is run by young people, for young people.

Youth staff offered free temporary tattooing to encourage young people to visit the marquee and while they waited, staff used the opportunity to talk with young people about their experiences at school and offer information about our Youth Connections program. Staff also walked the festival grounds approaching young people and talking with them about Rise’s Youth Services program and handed out cards and flyers. The marquee was a great success with over 100 young people coming through for tattoos.

Check out more photographs in our Photo Album

A Solid Positive Year at Rise – Our AGM

A Solid Positive Year at Rise – Our AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Rise was held at Helen’s Place in Middle Swan last night, attended by members, staff, representatives from some of our funding bodies, Leadership Team and Board.

The evening began with good conversation, food and refreshments in the foyer before we began, what was to be, a full, positive meeting.

Lara Bandarian, Vice Chair, opened and hosted the proceedings for the evening. First to present was the Board Chair, Patrick Crichton. Patrick referred to the year as one of consolidation. He noted the challenging environment, our rebranding, our award for innovation with our Kira House and a now full complement on the Board. Patrick closed by saying, “I would like to congratulate our CEO, Justine Colyer, whose infectious enthusiasm for all things ‘Rise’ represents everything that is positive about our future as an organisation.”

Justine Colyer, CEO, presented on two occasions: the first being her report for the year, highlighting the work of the staff and volunteers, solid governance of the organastion and the stories in the Annual Report; on the second occasion she acknowledged significant, long-standing staff members who left us this year: Kezia Pettit, Barbara Sadkowska, Lauren Norrish, Angela Fletcher and Dawn Ardley, and in particular one of our longest standing staff members, David Rattigan – Finance Accounts Manager. Lauren and Dawn were able to attend and were presented with a gift.

The video story of Phil Dent, one of our Support Workers in disability bridged the proceedings into the Treasurer’s Report from Paul Leuba. Paul’s report was intersected with helpful graphical representation as he spoke of: Rise’s sound financial position and surplus operating result; the progress of the proposed Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC); the development of policies and procedures for budget planning and for asset and investment management; a review of financial reporting; and planning for the creation of an endowment or scholarship fund. A full Financial Report along with the Treasurer’s Report is available in the 2011/12 Annual Report.

A key component of this year’s AGM was to introduce the nominees for the Board. This task was left to the individuals who each presented: Alf Lay, Anna Alderson, Amanda Reid, Terry Gadenne, Vicki Wilder. All were accepted and congratulated by the members on their appointment and the diversity and experience they will bring.

Lara Bandarian closed the evening by thanking all of our volunteers, funding bodies, donors, and corporate partnerships.

A copy of our 2011/12 Annual Report is available to view online, along with photographs from the evening.

Rise Run to Remember for Alzheimer’s Awareness

We’re helping Alzheimer’s Australia raise awareness and much-needed funds to support people and their families living with dementia.

Whether you’re a walker, jogger, runner, or spectator, you can support this cause by…

  • Joining our team and get friends and family to sponsor you. (Use the link below; password is ‘remember’.)
  • Sponsoring one of our team members via the link below. (Tax deductible!)
  • Promoting our team on social media or through your contacts.

Rise New-Website Launch

The day has finally arrived and we are proud to launch the new website for Rise (formerly known as Hills Community Support Group). The key purpose of our website is to be clear and accessible in relation to the services we provide in the community, provide an easy next step to receive help and further information, and to keep in touch.

A few new things to provide better service and connection opportunities are:

Thank you also to the staff who have contributed to this website through conversations and ‘putting pen to paper’.

It has been a good, long journey of discovery, innovation, creation and testing, but mainly good partnership with The Globe -Advertising and Design, and developers Clever Starfish.

Take a bit of time to check it out, and ‘keep in touch’.