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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.


You are not alone dementia poster

Rise staff member wins Unicare Health, “Share the Care” competition

“Share the Care” Competition

Vanessa Williams, one of our Aged Care Coordinators won this month’s Share the Care competition for Unicare Health. Unicare Health provides Rise with essential equipment for aged care clients, such as reclining chairs.

The brief for the competition was to share a story about individuals who had their lives transformed by a piece of equipment.

Vanessa’s competition entry: Mr B and his “Lift and Recline” chair

As Mr B grew older, he began to spend a lot more time sitting in the comfort of his favourite armchair in his lounge room.

Unfortunately, as his Alzheimer’s Disease progressed it became harder and harder for Mrs B to assist him up and out of that chair.

With Mr B’s Home Care Package and the assistance from the friendly team at Unicare, Rise Network were able to purchase him a Lift and Recline chair. This meant he could still sit in the comfort of his familiar lounge room in his new favourite arm chair, yet Mrs B can safely support him in and out of the chair with ease.

Mr B and his wife feel that the chair has made a real change for them, and it is a great comfort to the family knowing that Mrs B will not be at risk of injuring herself while helping their father. She is able to use the handheld remote to slowly raise Mr B to a nearly standing position, and from there she can gently assist him to his walking frame

Congratulations Vanessa!

Unicare Health said about Vanessa’s story:

We were very touched by Vanessa’s story, and look forward to seeing it printed in the September edition of our Uniway Newsletter

Dementia Awareness Month

Did you know it’s dementia awareness month? This year’s theme by Alzheimer’s Australia is, “You are Not Alone”. This theme aims to highlight the support and services for people with dementia and their carers. It also encourages the public to be more dementia aware.

You can find more information at Alzheimer’s Australia here.

Image of HTA and Rise team members holding the certificate, for placing 100 trainees

HTA and Rise celebrate a mile stone, placing 100 trainees

Today, Rise and HTA (Health Training Australia) reached a mile stone by celebrating the placement of 100 trainees. HTA provides the training for aspiring support workers, whilst Rise provides a place for them to do their work. These placements happen in our aged care and people with disability divisions.

Justin, The Divisional Manager for People with Disability said,

We are handed some talented trainees, who are able to share ideas that Rise have not previously thought about. We will continue to celebrate their achievements.

This partnership has been particularly successful due to the similar values we share. To “help people with great lives” and start new careers.

Image of a huge cake, with the words, congratulations Rise Network, 100 trainees.

Future Events

As a result of this collaboration, Rise have been selected as a finalist for the Group Training Australia WA 2016 Awards of Excellence. This event takes place on Friday 30th September. We look forward to attending, and meeting the other fantastic finalists in our category.

Alison Hill, Marketing and Communications Manager.

Rise gets all doll’d up!

Wahroonga Day Centre recently treated its members to a Glamour Day, designed to spoil and pamper the ladies!

G21All who attended had the choice of facials, hair, makeup and nails completed by professionals. After feeling like ‘a million dollars’ this was then followed by a beautiful gourmet lunch, including a glass of bubbly (or two!) and some quality entertainment.

Each lady received a stunning framed photo of themselves taken by Lens to Soul Photography.

A fantastic day was had by all, and we hope there are many more to come!


Alison Hill, Marketing and Communications Officer

A photo of Jill happily swimming with a floaty in the pool

Jill takes to the pool like a duck to water

Jill was always scared and not comfortable to access pool many years earlier with male staff mainly. Our new team member, Paola, knew exactly how to help.

Paola and Jill took time to build confidence in a few trials in the pool with great success! Jill is now so happy to access pool with no fear and enjoys floating in pool.

NDIS helped Jill to access this and is looking forward to more hours in the pool and a range of other fun activities.