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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.

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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.

PCYC bus

Fun Bus helps support more young people

A youth program has provided more support for youths on Thursdays.

Each week during school term, the PCYC Fun Bus rolls up to Stratton Edge Youth Centre.

Here, Rise Youth Services runs their regular drop in service for young people aged 12-17 years.

PCYC Fun Bus

Rise Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the Fun Bus was a welcome addition each week. She said it provided something fun for the young people who fell either side of the age bracket Stratton Edge catered for.

Two staff come down with snacks, skate ramps, bikes and tunes and chat to the young people.

It has lead to a more positive relationship with different age groups because everyone can join in, and a lot of the young people work together with placement of the bike jumps to maximise tricks and stunts.

Drop in centre

The Drop In Centre is open 4 – 6pm on Monday and Thursday for 12 – 17 year olds. We facilitate regular workshops and a great school holiday program. Skye said the workshops are 50% educational and 50% recreational.

We cater the program to the issues we see coming up in the area, that are critical for this age group, sexual health, drug and alcohol harm minimisation.

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.

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School holiday activities a hit

As students settle back into the school routine, we look at the fun had in the recent school holidays. Rise runs a number of activities for youth in the holidays.

April fun

Shona from the City of Swan facilitated the Strong Women Program. Youths discussed their identity and what makes them who they are as individuals. Canvases were decorated with stickers, positive words and a polaroid photo. There was also a mindfulness activity and jewellery making at the end of the day.

On the same day, John from the City of Swan took the males on a boomerang journey. The group made and painted their own boomerangs. This included sanding the boomerang so it would be shaped properly to come back and then painting it with their own designs.

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Physical activities

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the two most popular activities were Bounce in Cannington and Laser Tag in Malaga.

Bounce is the most requested location for an excursion, the young people love jumping around, and showing off their flips and stunts! We also went to Bayswater Skate Park on the way back.

The young people thoroughly enjoy getting out and about and it is a nice reward for attending our educational and recreational workshops at the drop in centre during the school term. We try to conquer as many activities in Perth as we can!

Youths also had dinner at Hog’s Breath Café and saw Boss Baby at the movies. All excursions include either lunch or dinner.

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.

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Youths learn how to save-a-mate

Youths have been learning how to save-a-mate in an emergency.

Earlier this month the Australian Red Cross ran their save-a-mate (SAM) workshop.

More than 20 young people came to the workshop at Stratton Edge Youth Centre.

save-a-mate

The save-a-mate (SAM) program provides young people with the skills to prevent, recognise and respond to emergencies caused by alcohol and other drugs.

The workshop was run during Youth Week. Youths looked at risk factors for an overdose, what one looks like and what to do if someone has one. Together, the trainers and the youths also created a painting.

save-a-mate

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the youths enjoyed the workshop.

They learnt how to put someone into the recovery position, and participated in a group painting for Youth Week.

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.

 

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Youth team tackles local issues through NEYON

Rise’s Youth team is helping to tackle local issues through the NEYON group.

NEYON is the primary Youth Network in the North East Region of Perth. The group aims to drive positive change on youth issues.

NEYON meets six times a year, with Rise Youth hosting the most recent meeting.

Productive NEYON meeting

Marcia Miceli from The Smith Family facilitated a discussion regarding the top challenges for young people in the area.

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said mental health, accommodation, education and family support were the most prevalent.

This was a fantastic discussion which showed the passion and expertise our youth workers have across the region.

The NEYON Coordination Group will meet next month and use this information to plan our strategy for the next 12 months.

We look forward to see how this collaboration of ideas and the positive change it will bring.

The NEYON group is considering discussing one common youth challenge each meeting. Leading agencies in the field would be bought in to offer advice.

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.

Youth week 2017

Safe tattoo messages at Youth Week event

Young people learnt about safe tattoos at a Youth Week event.

Youth Week

National Youth Week 2017 ran from 31 March to 9 April. Hundreds of events were held across the state to celebrate the annual event.

Rise had a stall at the Yarn Action Group’s event on Friday 7th April. It was held at YMCA Leederville headquarters.

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said a range of Perth youth services offered activities.

There was a hip hop battle, graffiti art, tie dye shirts, dream catcher making, free sausage sizzle and lots of free giveaways. Skye said:

We had a great time spraying on tattoos, and talking about some of the dangers of unsafe tattoos like Hepatitis C. We were empowering young people to make safe and smart choices when/if they decide to ever get a tattoo.

Youth Week tattoos

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.

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Girls get healthy eating help with air fryer donation

A generous donation to Kira House of air fryers is helping young girls to eat healthy food safely.

Kira House is a safe house run by Rise. It helps young women fleeing unsafe situations.

Air fryer safety

Rise Program Coordinator Dale Heyward said staff recent attended fire warden training where the danger associated with deep frying was highlighted at the training.

The young girls at Kira House are learning how to cook healthy food and Smith’s Automotive Parts offered the solution to the deep frying dilemma by purchasing the two air fryers.

The residents can keep safe and healthy. No more deep frying and no more hot oil fire risk!

Dale said the donation was gratefully received. Many of the young women at Kira House have children, so an air fryer provides a safer method of cooking.

Kira House

Kira House is a safe and confidential 24-hour crisis house for young women aged between 14 and 18 years who are leaving a violent family or domestic situation. The young women are supported and prepared for everyday and future goals. Read more here.