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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 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


Donate to a cause to buy a school uniforms for disadvantaged young women

Buy a school uniform for a young woman

Many children are returning to school this week, however some will not have the appropriate school uniform.

Rise Community Network offers community members the chance to buy school uniforms for those who are less fortunate.

Kira House

Rise Community Network operates Kira House, which is a crisis home for young women aged 14-18 years. Young women can be leaving a violent family or domestic situation. Some of the young women who come to us have nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Continuing education

It is important for young people to continue their education. This provides many options later in life. However, many of these young women do not have school uniforms, either for a new school or to ‘fit in’.

With your gift, we can purchase her a summer or winter uniform for school.

How you can help

For a donation of $125 you can provide a vulnerable young woman a uniform and help her continue her education. Your donations are gratefully received. You can donate here.

Kira House Welcome Image

Kira House showered by generous gifts from the community this Christmas

Kira House

Kira House is a safe, fresh spacious and confidential crisis house for young women aged between 14 and 18 years. These young women may have accompanying children, who are leaving a violent family or domestic situation.

Mirrabooka Housing Authority Donation

Rise Community Network would like to acknowledge Mirrabooka Housing Authority for their kind donation to Kira House.

Each Friday, throughout the year staff at Mirrabooka Housing Authority donated a small contribution. For each contribution made, staff were allowed to wear casual dress at work.

The collection of these funds was established for the purpose of providing financial support to Community Service organisations.

This year, Kira House was chosen and received a generous donation of $500!

Donation goes towards Christmas celebrations

This donation was used to have a big celebratory, Christmas Day. We combined our crisis accommodation and transitional accommodation residents, so they could all be invited to join in with the festivities. Presents were purchased for both the residents and their children.

a cute, pink bike for a little girl

A yummy Christmas dinner with all the trimmings was prepared and cooked by our lovely volunteer, Elizabeth Durrant. The turkey and ham was donated by Helen Dymond, Divisional Manager for Aged Care.  Both residents and staff received a lesson on how to cook for a family at Christmas. It was delicious and we all learnt something!

An image of Christmas dinner

Kira House residents and staff were really humbled by the generosity of so many people. Some of our residents had no family and no gifts for Christmas. Many of our residents do not even receive an income, so are unable to purchase the basics, let alone Christmas treats.

Staff at Rise’s Helen Place help

Staff at Helen’s place put together food hampers, and also donated money for presents for residents who would have gone without this Christmas.

With the generous donations of money we purchased Christmas summer beach bags. These were filled with everything needed for a fun day at the beach. Each girl also received a movie pass and went along to an outing at the cinema.

Gidgegannup Women’s association

We also received a kind donation from the ladies at Gidgegannup Women’s association. This was a box full of crafted bags of children’s gifts and handmade toys! Our ladies were delightful and very much appreciated this gesture of good will.

Thank You

This year, Christmas went from being a very quiet affair, to an extravaganza Christmas day! It was a fabulous day full of cheer!

We are so grateful to all the generous donations to Kira House. It really highlighted the spirit of Christmas, many thanks to the whole community’s generosity.

How can you help our girls?

If you would also like to help one of our vulnerable young women with a gift of essential items, click here.

Essential items include things like nappies and food parcels.

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Meeting the Commissioner for Children and Young People

Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

Colin Pettit, Commissioner for Children and Young People WA recently made a visit to Rise Youth Services.

He was appointed the Commissioner for Children and Young People on 16 November 2015.

More information on what the Commissioner does can be found here:

Visit to Kira House

Colin firstly visited Kira House, which is our supported accommodation for young women aged 14-18 years.

Dale Hayward was able to tell him about the type of needs these young women have when they enter the service. She also explained what we do to support them to stay safe.

Colin was also informed by Jenni Banfield about our unique Outreach Service managed by Lorraine Drew. This service specifically supports the young women to transition from Kira House to the community.

Tour of Stratton Edge

Colin then visited Stratton Edge Youth Centre. At the time of the visit, Skye Groenveld and Lesley Carameli were in the middle of a Graffix workshop with our young people. In this workshop they were learning to spray paint for an exciting and upcoming project. See here!

Colin then met Nina Martin from our Intensive Support Service and she was able to tell him how this Outreach model is able to support those young people that are not ready to engage in mainstream services.

Meeting our CEO

The visited ended with Colin meeting with Justine Colyer (CEO), Sean Loke (Youth and Mental Health Divisional Manager) and Dawn McAleenan (Youth Program Manager) to discuss our experience of supporting vulnerable youth in the area and what we would like him to raise as issues. We also highlighted what works and what we need to see more of in the future.

Dawn said of Colin’s visit,

It was a great visit and we are grateful that we had this opportunity to show Colin what we are good at and how our services and staff are able to make a positive difference to the young people we support.


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City of Swan helps with Stratton Edge Youth Centre Graffiti Upgrades

The Stratton Edge Youth Centre has just completed a five week Graffiti Project Upgrade.

City of Swan

We were only able to do this with the help of the City of Swan, What Say Youth Grant and Graffix Grants.

These grants totalled $5000, which covered all expenses.

Graffiti workshops and first steps

Over the first four weeks there were five graffiti art workshops. Our young people were able to hone their artistic abilities and perfect their spray painting skills. The designs were then taken to The City of Swan and approved.

Paint day!

Paint day happened on Sunday 11th December. Six of our young people who had attended the workshops were able to paint their designs on the Skate Park with the help of four graffiti artists. The day went really well.

The project was staffed by two Rise youth workers Skye and Leslie who run the youth centre. They were the sunscreen and icy pole runners on the day, keeping the young people hydrated and sun safe!

A work of art

The skate part is important for our young people because it is a place where they spend a lot of time. They have had their own input into the aesthetics, and can be proud to show off to the community.


Share the Dignity donates bags to women in need

Who are Share the Dignity?

Share the Dignity believe that sanitary items should be a right and not a privilege for all women.

Read here about how Rise have worked in partnership with Share the Dignity before.

Donations of bags to Rise Community Network

Share the Dignity donated over 90 bags to Rise Youth and Mental Health Services last week, through #itsinthebag Christmas Campaign.

It’s in the bag

The “It’s in the Bag” Christmas campaign is aimed at making women feel special. So often women put others needs before their own. Share the Dignity wanted to make them feel special this Christmas too.

They facilitated a campaign for people to donate a handbag and to fill it with items that would make a woman feel special. Some volunteers even put a thoughtful note into the bag with a lovely message for the women.

How will these bags help women at Rise?

Rise Youth and Mental Health Services will distribute these bags to our clients. We know they will be really well received and appreciated.

It will make our women feel special during a period of time, which can be distressing and full of sadness.

We hope these bags and small tokens of kindness will put a smile on their faces this Christmas.


Thank You

We would like to say a particular Thank you to Janine Fisher and all the Shero’s that helped along the way

First Aid in action!

Importance of First Aid training

Rise youth team took part in First Aid training. This will enable our staff to be able to provide assistance to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury.

Our staff are now trained to provide care to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening and/ or promote recovery by performing CPR while awaiting for an ambulance, as well as the complete treatment of minor conditions such as applying a plaster to a cut.

Helping to keep pregnant women safe

The photo below shows a demonstration by the instructor and Nina Martin of how to put a pregnant woman in the recovery position. Given 25% of our young women at Kira House come to us for support when pregnant this is important to know, so we can help keep them and their unborn child safe.


First Aid saves lives

First Aid is an essential course to do when working with young people at risk. It’s fantastic that all our staff are trained as First Aiders and are ready to provide assistance when needed.

Youth Services

For more information about youth services, click here:

Rise Support Network and Share the Dignity work “hand in hand” for Homeless Connect Perth

Homeless Connect Perth: 9th November

The Homeless Connect Perth Event provides a “one stop shop” of services to homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness. This event brings together community groups, businesses and the three tiers of Government to provide services for a day.

The Homeless Connect event is held annually in Russell Square Northbridge, which attracted over 1500 people.  A sample of what was on offer is listed below;

  • Coffee and Orange juice from the coffee van
  • Birth Certificates – FREE same day pick up
  • Family photos by a professional photographer – printed on the spot
  • Long life food
  • Hugs – Seriously
  • Clothes – including alterations on the spot
  • Shoes – new steel cap work boots/work shoes – including donated shoes.
  • Books, blankets, handbags, children’s items, swags etc
  • Fully cooked 3 course lunch on real plates and cutlery – vegetarian options available
  • Street Dr
  • Dental Van
  • Medicare
  • Housing Authority
  • Centrelink
  • Haircuts
  • Makeovers
  • Music/activities
  • Women’s Sanitary items
  • Many stalls from other services (lots of freebies)

Rise supported by “Share the Dignity”

Share the Dignity provide a range sanitary products to homeless women. They believe that “sanitary items should be a right, not a privilege”.

Rise was generously supported by “Share the Dignity” and 4i’s, which enabled us to supply Thongs, sanitary products and dental hygiene packs on the day.

Image of a basket of sanitary items, including sanitary pads and tampons.

Thoughts on the event

Bethany (Support Worker) commented,

We all very much enjoyed the event and had a lot of fun. We gave out a lot of free items and information about our services.