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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.

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


rise community network

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.


Rise staff and young helpers at the event

Rise Youth have a great day out at the Connect Community Event

Our Youth team recently took part in the Ellenbrook Connect event which was coordinated by the City of Swan. The focus of the event was to promote positive mental health to young people and the community. The event also showcased the talents of local young people by hosting a youth stage within the youth zone.

Rise Youth Services provided an information stall for young people to access our youth services, as well as giving away lots of goodies including our ever-popular lollies, wristbands and over 1000 sno cones!

Youth stall at connect community event

The Rise stall was run by Youth and Mental Health staff and a group of young volunteers. Our thanks to Rennee, Kristi, Jenni and most of all a huge thank you to our hard working volunteers Markee, Konner and Ella!

Dawn McAleenan
Program Manager – Youth

Casual Swimming Group Introduced for Summer

Underwater view of swimming pool with lanesRise Network Mental Health Services are running a casual swimming group every fortnight during the summer from 12:30pm – 1:30pm on a Thursday at Swan Park Leisure Centre.

The aim of the group is to increase physical fitness and socialisation for people in the community.

Rise will cover the entry fee for eligible participants. You must register your interest as places are limited to 8 per session.

To register, or for more information, contact Bethany on 0417 928 071 or email bethany.comley@risenetwork.com.au. Download our flyer here.

Rise Youth Team at Hyperfest 2015


The Rise Youth team will be participating at this year’s HyperFest, held at the Midland Oval from 11am to 8pm on Sunday, 29 March 2015.

Hyperfest is Perth’s biggest and best nationally awarded drug, smoke and alcohol free all-ages festival provided by the City of Swan and presented by Drug Aware. The festival is set to deliver a huge line-up over two main stages, plus a silent disco, chill tent and sideshow this year.

Rise Youth staff will be hanging out at the event, giving out freebies for health promotion and fun. If you spot them in their white and orange t-shirts, come and say ‘hi’ – they will be there from 12pm to 5pm.

Early bird tickets are only $30 and on sale now. The Youth team hopes to see you there!

HyperFest this April 2014


The Rise Youth team are excited to be participating in this year’s HyperFest, held at the Midland Oval on Sunday, 6 April 2014.

HyperFest is a nationally awarded and acknowledged all-ages music and arts festival provided by the City of Swan. ‘Hyper’ is a youth arts series from which HyperFest originates.

Each year, many youth workshops and programs take place at the Midland Gate Market Centre in the lead up to HyperFest.

With plenty of great bands lined up and a range of exciting activities, the team hopes to see you there!

Live it Up Festival

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People with Disability Divisional Manager Justin O’ Meara Smith and Diane at the Live it Up Festival

On March 16, Rise’s People with Disability team hosted a stall at the Live it Up Festival at the Woodbridge Riverside Play Space.

The festival run by the Rotary Club Midland in conjunction with the City of Swan, was attended by more than 600 people.

Live it Up Festival also known as All Abilities Day, aims to help people with a disability and their families and service providers to get together and enjoy a range of activities within the community.

photo 5Information on support services and resources was available to visitors and encouraged networking between organisations and families.

“It was great to see a range of disability support organisations working together to support people with a disability and their families in their community”, said Divisional Manager Justin O’ Meara Smith.


Making music at the Drumming Circle

Everyone participated in engaging activities such as the drumming circle and catch music, which was fantastic.

A special thank you goes out to two lovely ladies that Rise supports, Dianne and Jenny who served popcorn to visitors that stopped by the stall.