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Wahroonga craft bunnings mundaring rise

Bunnings helps Wahroonga get crafty

Guests at Wahroonga enjoyed decorating some beautiful pots last week, thanks to help from Bunnings.

Wahroonga is a social centre located in Mundaring. Guests enjoy activities including excursions, craft and more.

Community service

Hardware store Bunnings provide helpers to run craft activities with community groups.

Program Coordinator Jackie Quinn said the ladies came armed with pots, decorations and other materials. The activity was held on Tuesday 14 March.

We decorated a terracotta pot with gem stones and then planted some seedlings in the pot. You can see the concentration and enjoyment on the faces of the guests.

Jackie said the guests really enjoyed the activity, with men getting involved too.

One of the gentlemen was adamant at the beginning of the craft session that he would only sit and watch, but he joined in and had a wonderful time.

Wahroonga craft bunnings mundaring rise

Social centres

Wahroonga is one of three social centres operated by Rise. The centres in Koongamia and Mundaring adapt programs to suit guests. There is transport available to the centres. A healthy morning tea, lunch and dessert are served to guests. For more information click here.

Milperra widget the beagle Rise

Widget returns to Milperra after adventure

Widget the stuffed toy beagle has finally returned home after a lengthy adventure. Rise is trying to find his adopted family to thank them for his care and return.

Milperra Cottage in Mount Helena is an aged care respite facility. While there are chickens outside to feed and collect eggs, stuffed animals provide company inside.

Aged care coordinator Karen Wittcomb said the dog set off on his adventure in August 2016.

Widget was dropped on the verge outside Milperra Cottage. When staff went back to pick him up he’d gone. He was such a great dog, greeting everyone as they entered the cottage. In fact he was missed so much we decided to put out missing posters in the community for him.

Widget returns

Last week Widget made his way home after the loving carers saw the poster about Widget on the fence at Milperra. Karen said Rise staff and guests had never given up hope of his return.

A couple had seen Widget on the roadside and thought he was for verge collection so they had given him a home. He did have fun in his new home and became much loved by the new family. However, last week, on seeing the poster they very kindly brought him back to us. We are thrilled to have him back! He is now sitting in his favourite spot on the couch, ready to greet guests once more into respite.

Karen said in the excitement of seeing Widget once again, a support worker forgot to get the details of the family who returned Widget. Rise is searching to the family to formally thank them and show how much the dog’s return means to guest and staff.

If you have any information please contact Karen on Karen.Wittcomb@risenetwork.com.au

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network provides numerous aged care services. This includes social centres, personal care and in-home support. For more information click here.

Milperra fire emergencies

Milperra prepared for emergencies

As the warm weather continues in autumn, staff at Milperra Cottage remain alert for emergencies.

Milperra Cottage is an aged care respite facility in Mount Helena. Located in the Perth Hills, it is in a bush fire-prone area.

Prepared for emergencies

Bush fires are common in the Perth Hills. In January 2014, the Parkerville-Stoneville-Mt Helena Bushfire impacted thousands of local residents. Guest and staff at Milperra Cottage also had to evacuate. Thanks to being prepared, the evacuation all went smoothly.

Rise Community Network Aged Care Coordinator Karen Wittcomb said

Many of the staff live locally and are aware of the dangers during summer.

Emergency backpack

Milperra Cottage has a backpack ready for emergency situations. This contains essential items such as

  • Emergency evacuation procedure manual
  • Charged mobile phone
  • Digital radio – charged and set to 720ABC for fire updates
  • Torch

Every year, Milperra Cottage carries out two mandatory fire drills. Staff know the importance of these drills and carry out extra drills.

Aged Care Coordinator Karen Wittcomb said

We often practise during staff meetings. Staff role play with one staff member leading the evacuation and others taking the part of clients at the cottage. Sometimes we just talk through what we would do. Everyone feels confident about what to do in an emergency.

This is a great example of how staff go above and beyond to ensure everyone will be as safe as possible in a bush fire.

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network provides numerous aged care services. This includes social centres, personal care and in-home support. For more information click here.

Alderson Place open day Cockburn central

Alderson Place opens in Cockburn

Rise Community Network has opened a new hub to service the Cockburn region. Alderson Place officially opened on Monday 27th February.

The service hub allows Rise Community Network to expand service across the Perth metropolitan area.

Alderson Place Cockburn open Day art activities

Open Day

Rise Community Network celebrated the opening of Alderson Place with an Open Day.

Activities included information desks, face painting and a caricature artist. Creative Arts by Rise ran an art activity where people could create colourful speech bubbles.

Alderson Place Open Day Cockburn caricature artist

A presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony was held, before guests enjoyed lunch. The special guest was City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.

Rise Community Network CEO Justine Colyer said it was a great step forward for Rise Community Network to expand into a new area. View the gallery from our Open Day event here.

Industry partners

Therapy Focus is a partner non-for-profit organisation. Therapy Focus also has services based at Alderson Place. The organisation was present at the Open Day with an information desk. They ran a sensory room to show different tools and activities to assist with sensory issues.

Alderson Place

Numerous services are based at Alderson Place in Cockburn Central. Services include

For more information call 6274 3776 or visit our website.

Celebrating people Book launch at Rise Community Network

First Celebrating People Book launches

Rise Community Network has launched their beautiful Celebrating People Book 2015-16. The beautiful bound book contains stories and photos of staff, volunteers and clients.

Celebrating People

The organisation’s current vision is Celebrate People. The inaugural Celebrating People Book is a way to bring this vision to life. The book took many months to prepare. There are plans to release a new book every year to share more great stories.

Book Launch

The Celebrating People Book was launched with a small event on Thursday 23rd February. People featured in the book, along with Rise Community Network staff and board members attended.

The book was revealed for the first time, to the delight of those featured.

Rise Community Network CEO Justine Colyer thanked those who appeared in Celebrating People Book 2015-16.

We’re delighted to launch the book which represents Rise’s vision – Celebrate People. We hope this is just the start and there are many more stories in years to come.

Guests enjoyed lunch, before a special cake featuring the front photo on the book was cut.

Celebrating people book launch Rise Community Network


Rise Community Network

Rise Community Network provides services for aged care, people with disability, mental health and youth in the eastern region. Read more here.

Rise Community Network client John Pearce Milperra

John Pearce beats the odds to walk again

Rise Community Network client John Pearce is a man who doesn’t give up. And he certainly doesn’t take no for an answer.

Following six months of small turns and tests, John (70) suffered a stroke in June 2014. He was initially told by doctors that he would be bedridden for life.

Following rehabilitation and support from Rise Community Network, John has a sunny outlook on life. He is determined to keep pushing the boundaries. 

Initial prognosis

John spent several months in Shenton Park Rehabilitation Centre before being moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital. He took part in lots of physiotherapy and was determined to meet his goals.

They drained the blood out of my brain. I was on thirty tablets a day and a drip too. My whole left side was affected – my leg, arm, vision and neck. I had to do vision tests and learn to read properly. My voice has come back now. Before this I’d never had an illness in my life.

John said he had a clear goal from the onset.

Therapists always asked what I wanted to achieve and I said it was to get out of my chair and walk. They kept telling me my chances were slim. I said don’t tell me I can’t walk.

Set backs

Several modifications were made at John’s family home in Stratton. Railing was installed throughout the home and the bathroom was renovated. This allows John more independence.

Despite John powering through his daily exercises, he suffered some setbacks. He had a nasty fall while walking. This left him with a fractured bone in his left shoulder. Another time he got an infection which also delayed his recovery.


As well as individual therapy, John also attended group therapy sessions, which he found beneficial. Now, he still has more goals to achieve.

I’m down to three tablets a day. I can get my hand straight and it doesn’t hurt. I’m up to 100m of walking with the aid of a stick. I’m standing much straighter, I used to stoop and my son called me a turtle.

I can just about touch my toes. I’m determined to get my shoes on so I can walk by myself. My favourite saying is ‘if you don’t use it you lose it’.

Help from Rise Community Network

John began attending Centenary House around 18 months ago. The social centre in Koongamia provides activities and socialisation. He attends each Friday and enjoys the social activities. The staff have also seen a vast improvement in his walking. In December 2015 he was unable to walk to collect a present from Santa. In 2016, he did the same walk unaided.

From there he started coming to Milperra. This is a respite home run by Rise Community Network in Mount Helena. He attends every few months and made many friends with other guests.

I love it here, it is like a holiday home. All the staff are very friendly and there is a only small number of guests. I’ve made friends with Rosemary and Ron. It also gives my wife a break.

Rise Community Network Aged Care Coordinator Karen Wittcomb said John was an inspiration to many.

John is so positive and determined. He’s come a long way since we first met him and all the staff at Milperra are proud of what he has accomplished.

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network runs a number of programs to assist with aged care. This includes social centres, respite and home care. For more information click here.

Rise Community Network aged care services at Mundaring Mens shed speakers circle

Speaker’s Circle informs on aged care services

Rise Community Network Aged Care staff were guest speakers in Mundaring last week. The staff were invited to the Mundaring Community Men’s Shed Speakers’ Circle on Thursday 2nd February.

Speaker’s Circle

Mundaring Community Men’s Shed run their Speakers’ Circle on the first Thursday of every month. Different speakers attend The Hub of The Hills in Mundaring. President Alan Pope said of the group:

We aim to have a variety of speakers. Topics include health, well-being and general interest.

Guest speakers

The Rise Community Network speakers were Kerryn, Sharlene and Vanessa. The group spoke to an audience of about 25 people. Kerryn gave information on Home and Community Care (HACC) services provided by Rise Community Network. Sharlene told the guests about accessing transport services.

Vanessa gave information on Consumer Directed Care packages. She also spoke about the flexibility of being on a package. Aged Care Coordinator Kerryn Swan said:

The afternoon was a great success. Many of the Men’s Shed members were wanting information to access services from Rise Community Network.

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network provide a number of Aged Care services. Services include domestic care, in home support, dementia support, personal care and more. For information click here.

Image of group of older ladies, with their hands up catching some plastic balls.

A fun filled celebration day for WA Seniors Week

Seniors Week

Seniors Week ran from 6th – 13th November. Hundred of events happen throughout Western Australia, and Rise hosted their very own at Mundaring Sculpture Park.

Our action-packed event:

Our Aged Care team worked their socks off to put on a fantastic event for all. They coordinated bus runs for eighty people, whilst setting up all their own tables, chairs and the marquee. The fabulous day event included:

  • morning tea and lunch
  • live entertainment
  • mini tours to places of interest
  • Mr Whippy (our personal favourite!)
  • inclusive exercise demonstrations
  • raffles and lucky dips

There was also a surprise visit from much loved radio personality, Eric McCrumb.


Reflections on a fantastic day

Throughout the day was big beaming smiles and hearty conversation between all who attended, especially when visiting the children’s play area. The interaction between the seniors, children and their Mums was so lovely to see.

Debbie, our Aged Care Manager commented:

Wendy, your passion and creativity in organising  interesting and fun filled activities, is a credit to you. Today you and your team gave the folk  a day that will be remembered and talked about  for weeks to come. I don’t underestimate the amount of  hard work and planning that went in to today. Every staff member and volunteer were committed to today’s event and without them the day would  not have been so successful. You have  a wonderful team and their  teamwork shone today, a true testimony of  their commitment to the program.

Rise wins best large host employer at the 2016 GTA Awards

Rise wins best large host employer at 2016 GTA Awards of Excellence

Over 100 people gathered to celebrate host employees who support the training of apprentices and trainees through group training. Rise works in partnership with HTA (Health Training Australia) and recently celebrated placing our 100th trainee. 

Justine Colyer said,

This was really a whole of Rise effort from the early days of HR checking out HTA’s bona fides and ensuring the time and effort of partnering with them would be valuable, through to staff at all levels across Disability and Aged Care who support the trainees in the workplace, and the trainees themselves who bring a fresh perspective, enthusiasm and professionalism.

Congratulations everyone!  The trophies will join our collection at Rise HQ.


Other GTA Winners:

2016 School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by AMA Apprenticeship & Traineeship Services
Tehlia Graziani, Certificate II in Hospitality Operations,
Hospitality Group Training

2016 Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by Group Training Australia
Jacinta Martin, Certificate II in Hospitality, Kimberley Group Training

2016 Large Host Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Woodside Energy
Rise Network – Your Community Support Network, host employer partnered with Health Training Australia Inc – HTA

2016 Small Host Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Woodside Energy
Knowles Plumbing, host employer partnered with MPA Skills

2016 Trainee of the Year
Sponsored by AustralianSuper
Jacinta Lakin, Certificate III in Aged Care, Health Training Australia Inc – HTA

2016 Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by AustralianSuper
Robert Southwell, Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery, The Apprentice and Traineeship Company Perth / Peel


Image of Owen and Andrea sitting on our new part bench outside, as a gift from CATA

CATA surprises Rise with new woodwork gift

Rise HQ were left pleasantly surprised last week, as Owen (Senior Activity Officer) from CATA (Creative and Therapy Activities) delivered our new wooden bench.

On a recent visit to CATA, Tony (Property Manager) had been really impressed with CATA’s woodwork pieces. Tony was so impressed, he requested could a park bench be made for Helen’s Place?

The new addition outdoor furniture arrived on Friday, and we can’t wait for the sunny weather to arrive, so we can have a try!

Image of two-seater wooden part bench outside

Did you know about the Rise and CATA merger?

Rise merged with not-for-profit provider, Creative and Therapy Activities (CATA) several months ago.

CATA have a base in Warwick, offering a range of fantastic activities such as pottery and woodwork.

Read more about our merger here.