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Rise CEO swaps cookery tips for basketball skills

Jimmy hanging out with the Lynx mascotJimmy Sharpin and his friends had just made a tasty demonstration lunch, as part of Rise’s cooking skills program, for our CEO, Justine Colyer, when he started to chat about his beloved basketball.

It was clear that Jimmy was going to have to be the guest of honour for the complimentary corporate basketball package courtesy of @perthlynx.

Jimmy and Justine in front of the player posters

Justine’s knowledge of the game extended to knowing it involved baskets and balls but Jimmy patiently talked her through the rules and the players until she was cheering and singing (tragically) along with the most avid fans.

Are you the right person to join our Supported Accommodation Relief Pool?

man sitting on sofa with lady standing to the left of the image in the doorway talking to himPeople with Disability have launched an exciting new Relief Pool in order to cover staff leave and we are looking for people with the right experience to join us..

We are looking for motivated staff to assist people we support within Supported Accommodation, the person’s own home and in the community.

Ideally, you will be a “jack of all trades”  As a minimum, you must be medication competent.  Other desirable skills includes being peg competent, capable of driving a hoist bus, knowledge of how to transport supported individuals in their wheelchair and experience with challenging behaviours.

Please note that any shifts picked up in the relief pool must comply with the Award.

If you are looking for a variety of experiences and are interested in more information about the relief pool, please contact Trish Springall on (08) 6274 3765.

Individualised Services “Champion’s Group”- New Recruits

IS champions team

Last month, we announced Rise’s People with Disability leadership team will be participating in the exciting Leading into the Future program with WA’s Individualised Services (WAiS).

The team was also busy recruiting for an Individualised Services (IS) “Champion’s Group” to help support the team to bring about the change through the program and promote Individualised Services.

Recruiting Support Workers for the Champion’s Group has been an amazing and fun experience for the team. The successful three Support Workers: Kathie, Wumi and Casey were selected and we have commenced our first meeting, discussing what makes them good leaders and role models, how they share our values and vision and how they can see the positive opportunities in the future for the people we support.

The Champion’s Group will be joining us with our Leading Into The Future development project with WAiS.

Congratulations again to Kathie, Wumi and Casey and welcome to the Champion’s Group!

Sophie Bennett
People with Disability Team Leader

Rise Network Annual General Meeting Breakfast: Notice & Invitation

Please join us at our next ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BREAKFAST, celebrating our achievements of the organisation and individuals during 2013 to 2014.

  • Time, Day & Date: 8am, Friday 31 October 2014
  • Location: Helen’s Place, 41A Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan WA 6056

Transport can be booked from Wahroonga, 2 Craig Street, Mundaring WA 6073.

To attend, please RSVP for catering purposes to Nita at 08- 6274 3710 by Friday, 17 October 2014.

If you would like a copy of the agenda or to book transport, please also contact Nita.

Download a copy of your INVITATION here.


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People with Disability – Rewards & Recognition Program

IOP Connie & Rosetta
Left to Right: Connie Callus, Rosetta Trusso

It was a pleasure to recognise staff recently with the launch of the People with Disability Recognition and Rewards Program. The quarterly program recognises staff who actively demonstrate our organisational values and service principles in their day to day work.

Recipients received a $200 cash voucher and $300 training allowance to assist them to continue to develop their skills and support people with disabilities to live a good life.

Congratulations to:

Dagmar Hlavaty (Respite) for excellence in leadership and outstanding team work at Nobel Respite.

Connie Callus and Rosetta Trusso (Individual Options) for their demonstrated excellence in Person Centred supports for the person they jointly support in the community

Julie Grech (Open Options) for her demonstrated ability and willingness to step into multiple roles and perform outstandingly

Staff in the People with Disability division, are encouraged to nominate your peers and help us to recognise their efforts and commitment to the people we support and the teams in which we all work.

Nominations can be discussed or emailed to your Team Leader or Line Manager.

Congratulations are also extended to staff who were recently nominated for the National Disability Services Disability Support Worker Awards:

Julie Grech, Harriet Hadlow, Denise Warner, and Ronda Chester.

Good luck.

We look forward to celebrating with you at the Rising Stars Disability Support Worker Awards at Crown Casino in March.

Justin OMeara Smith
People with Disability Divisional Manager

‘Bringing Our Best to You’ – Staff Training & Event Calendar

Training Calendar Feb 2013

Our half-yearly Staff Training and Event ‘Gig Guide’ – we like to call it – is out!

We developed this last year to support our staff specifically to bring clarity and to let them know that we really do want to ‘bring our best’ to them. There is nothing worse than not feeling at ease in our work role and training helps people feel comfortable and confident.

This guide outlines the bounty of training that is taking place over the next six months at Rise, what is classed as Essential and Complimentary, What is the Next Step, and it also delivers a some key messages from the Human Resources team that relates to the first half of the year.

On the front cover is one of our staff. This cover profiles Annette Panaia who is the Program Co-ordinator for Moorditj Mia, a program that supports the elderly and frail aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in an informal way that suits our indigeneous people.

“So helpful to know what training is coming up and when… so clear.” Staff Member

Merry Christmas to You All

Christmas Lights - Penny

You can almost hear the audible sigh of relief as we move into the last week before the Christmas break…

It’s been a huge year for Rise; we didn’t even exist as Rise at the start of the year!

The re-brand from Hills Community Support Group and all the associated events, parties, launches and good cheer took some significant organisational grunt and saw some of us put on a few extra kilos from the drinks and nibbles. The result is that we have a smart, friendly and well-recognised image that is more widely known than ever.

While most of us will take a well-earned break, being a 24 hour service, we continue to provide care and support for people with a disability, young women escaping domestic violence and carers needing respite over the Christmas period.

To those people particularly, and the staff and volunteers who work with them, we wish you a happy and restful holiday.


Clients at the Centre

Michael & Liz at Andrews Place

The recent National Disability Services (NDS) State conference was one of the most thought provoking of recent times, with the keynote speakers challenging delegates to think about the future of service delivery and person-centred outcomes, and how a future workforce would meet those challenges.

Over arching these challenges is the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will bring with it a major shift in services to people with a disability. As a result, delegates from organisations such as Rise are planning how to best implement service delivery models, which ensure that the client is at the centre of all planning and that the organisation is set up to meet those needs.

Gary Hurst
Divisional Manager – People with Disability

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.