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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.

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.

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.

skate skills workshops

Young people learn skate skills

Young people at Stratton Edge Youth Centre have been learning some new skate skills.

Thanks to a grant from the State Government, skateboard, scooter and BMX workshops and competitions are being run.

Skate skills workshops

The free workshops are being run over August, September and October. The first workshop was on 24th August.

Shaun Jarvis from Freestyle Now, along with Jae Yates and Mitch Harris, are leading the workshops.

In the first session, the guys spent some time chatting to the young people and freestyling. The next workshops will teach a range of new skills.

The workshops will cater for bikes, scooters and skateboards.

Workshop grants

Rise Youth Service secured a grant from the State Government to run the workshops.

The State government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is a major supporter of sports in Western Australia. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.

The workshops will help everyone to learn new skills. They will then be put to the test during an open jam trick competition.

The final competitions are on Sunday 8th October. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs.

The poster for the workshops and competitions is here.

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.

Keys for Life

Young people gets Keys For Life

Five young people now know much more about staying safe on the roads, after completing Keys for Life training.

Rise Youth Services staff recently facilitated a workshop with the young people.

Jenni and Lorraine helped the group learn about road rules and safe driving. Other topics covered included licensing and safer vehicles.

Keys for Life program

The evidence-based pre-driver program assists young people to make smarter decisions about safer driving.

It also helps parents, schools and agencies deliver safe driving messages.

The program is delivered by SDERA and recently won two national awards.

Youth Program Co-ordinator Jackie Power said the program is delivered in a fun and informal way.

The young people also gain valuable life skills from the program. All five young people passed with flying colours and thoroughly enjoyed the day!

Last financial year, Rise helped a number of young people through the program. In this time:

  • 20 young people completed Keys for Life training
  • 17 of them accessed driving lessons
  • 89 driving lessons were used in total.

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.

car women children transport

New car helps support women and children

A new car purchased thanks to a grant is helping women and children travel around Perth.

The Youth services St John of God Outreach program was successful in securing a grant from Lotterywest.

Outreach Program

The outreach program provides individual support for young women aged 14 – 18 years who have experienced family and domestic violence.

Meeting in person is essential to help build their capacity to enable them to live independently and safely in the community.

Many of the young women have previously been accommodated at Kira House, which is the only 24 hour accessible crisis accommodation service for this age group in WA, and so come from all over the Perth.

Transporting women and children

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said the new car will make a big difference to women receiving support.

Approximately 30% of these young women have accompanying children but unfortunately the old vehicle was not big enough to transport their children, which caused additional barriers during support.

We are now able to transport women and children when they need it.

The Lotterywest grant totalled $13,474 and the car was purchased recently from Phoenix Holden.

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.

school holidays July

Youths discover what it take to be a youth worker

Youths taking part in school holiday activities at Stratton Edge Youth Centre have just wrapped up an action-packed two weeks.

What it takes to be a Youth worker

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the first activity looked at the role of a youth worker.

We wanted to dispel some of the myths of youth work and show the young people of Stratton what our jobs are all about.

We had Jenni and Jacki from two of the Outreach Case Management roles and our student Amanda come down to the youth centre and talk about how we can support young people with their goals.

The young people took part in a quiz and a ‘worry balls’ exercise where they tried to see how many balls one person could handle.

After that, the young people each designed a poster for our upcoming Skateboard, scooter, BMX project. The winning poster is being plastered around Stratton to advertise the events.

NAIDOC Week events

For the second activity the group checked out the NAIDOC event at Ashfield, before stopping at the Bayswater Skate Park to try out some new scooter tricks.

The third activity included a trip to Scitech where some of the young people enjoyed a fantastic presentation on things that glow. The others ran around and experimented with as many different activities as they could.

We then had another sneaky trip to Bayswater Skate Park on the way home!

Skye said the last activity was a delicious steak dinner at Hog’s Breath Café, and then off to the cinema to giggle through Despicable Me 3.

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.

Justine Colyer fake baby

Young people learn parenting skills with fake baby

This year a fake baby program was introduced at Rise to help with parenting skills for youth.  Rise currently have one life-like baby named Charlie, who offers a real-life experience for expectant mothers.

Supporting expectant mothers with fake baby

At Kira House, we provide safe accommodation and support for young women aged 14-18 years escaping from family and domestic violence. Approximately 30% of these young women have accompanying children and/or are pregnant.

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said Rise used Charlie to support the young women to develop their parenting skills.

Charlie reacts by crying when he needs to be fed, rocked and changed. He also responds by cooing when he all his needs are met.

The fake baby records how well the baby has been cared for by tracking head support and wrong positioning, temperatures and clothing changes. This report can be printed off to show how well the ‘parent’ has cared for the baby.

Rise staff take on baby challenge

A number of Rise staff are taking part in the program. Each staff member has 24 hours with Charlie and had their report printed for comparison.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer was one of the first to look after Charlie. She juggled looking after him between meetings, with her executive officer Sonia seen undertaking some babysitting duties!

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.

Kirtsie Humphries international student

International student enjoys Rise experience

Rise Youth services recently farewelled their first international work experience student.

Kirstie Humphries travelled from England to undertake a placement.

This was part of her Youth & Community Work Degree at the University of Cumbria.

Fortunately for me the Youth team at Rise kindly offered me such an opportunity. This is all part of a wider learning experience of working with young people on a global level, understanding the needs of young people in different cultures and contexts.

Youth panel

Kirstie said while her work at Rise was varied, she had focused on developing a Youth Panel Program.

This involved running a workshop with local youth people to get their thoughts on how to improve Rise services and support to the community, and to young people.

I have gained a great deal of understanding of successes of the organisation, seeing the passions and efforts excelled by the team and into the tasks at hand.

Moreover, the team have supported and aided me throughout the process, and have supplied with a great deal if knowledge from each of their expertise, which I believe will help guide me in my future practice.

International insight

Youth Program manager Dawn McAleenan said it was wonderful to host such a passionate student.

Kirstie showed true commitment to her studies by travelling out to Australia to see how we operate our youths services programs. She was a pleasure to have and she fitted into our team so well. We wish her all the best with her studies.

Kirstie sent the youth team a beautiful thank you card on her departure. All the best, Kirstie.

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.