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Scott Rawlins fencing

Rise fencing champ off to world comps

A Rise support worker is representing Australia in a world fencing competition next month.

Scott Rawlins is a disability support worker and a fencing champion. He has faced his own challenges in life which help him relate to clients.

A love of fencing

Scott began fencing when he was 11 years old. He was looking for an alternative to team sports, which he didn’t enjoy.

Scott said he enjoyed the action of the sport. He competes in the open age category.

It’s a live sport and you feel very in the moment. I train 15-16 hours a week and teach as well.

You can hit your opponent anywhere on the body with the end of the sword.

In February this year, Scott was selected for the Australian fencing team. It’s something he has been aiming for since he was 14 years old.

Life hurdles

For Scott, his achievements in the sport are greater than for most. At 25 years he was diagnosed with ADHD. He also has learning difficulties. Despite this he has just completed his masters at University of Western Australia, with his thesis on children who struggle with coordination.

Growing up, I used to there was something not right about me, but couldn’t put a finger on it. When I was diagnosed with ADHD, everything started to make sense.

After a while I learned how to work with my ADHD, rather than fight against an invisible foe. I learned that I was better than most at taking risks and having tunnel vision, but not so good at paying attention and being organised.

I also learned that I need more time than most to finish tasks and learn new things. That’s really hard to grasp at first, but in the end you learn to be gentle with yourself.

Scott’s goal is to help people with a disability engage in physical activities.

I know what it is like to struggle, that’s why I wanted to work for Rise. I want to share with others that they can do anything they put their mind to, and that no matter what obstacles are in their way, they can find a way around it.

Scott recently competed at the Robyn Chaplin competition in Adelaide and the Asian Championships in Hong Kong.

He competes for Australia in the World Championships in Germany from 19 July. The competition runs for two weeks. All the best, Scott!

Rise support

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.

exercise group

Exercise group keeps seniors active

An exercise group run by Rise in Mundaring is helping people stay fit and active in their senior years.

The group started in 2009 and runs at The Hub of the Hills. This is a community facility next to our social centre, Wahroonga.

Instructors Tina and Melanie lead two classes a week with up to 10 people attend each session. Tina said the classes lasts for an hour and are followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat.

This has been a great opportunity to help boost fitness and improve the group’s confidence. Anyone can have a go, in a totally safe and fun environment.

Sheila (75) and Jenny (83) enjoy the exercise group.

Tina our instructor is so inclusive, and doesn’t’ mind if you need a little sit down.  She understands if you get tired.

Health and wellbeing at Rise

At Rise, this group is just one part of a whole health and well being package. Aged Care participants can get help and guidance on emotional well-being and nutrition. There is also an opportunity to join in a regular swimming group to stay fit.

The cost of the exercise group is $6 and it is both HACC and non HACC funded.

Aged Care

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

Eathen Riverton book launch

Eathen launches second book

Eathen Carruthers has launched his second book with the support of Rise.

Eathen came on board as a client with Rise in January. At the time, he was asked what his goals were. They included writing and publishing history books.

Riverton history

Last month Eathen launched his second book called The Life of George Henry Passmore. It is a book about Henry Passmore, a prominent figure in Riverton history.

Eathen has spent his entire life in Riverton and is keen to collate and share the history of the area. His first book called Where It All Began was launched earlier in 2017 and looks in detail at the history of the area.

Launch event for Eathen

Dozens of people attended the launch of Eathen’s latest book, including Local Member for Cannington Bill Johnston, the Passmore family, and Rise staff and clients. It was held at Alderson Place in Cockburn Central.

Eathen presented his book and thanked his support worker Chloe Wust. He also presented the Passmore family with a trophy to thank them for their support.

A family member said

We couldn’t thank Eathen enough for what he has done for our family in collecting our history and writing this book. It is very special.

Eathen plans to donate half of the proceeds from his book to Rise.

Our wonderful clients

Eathen is a wonderful example of our clients wanting to give back to their community. If you would like more information on our services for people with disability, visit our website.

admin volunteer

Admin volunteer keeps wheels in motion at Creative Arts by Rise

Gail Finlen is a woman who loves numbers and is very organised.

These skills have come in handy for her volunteering at Creative Arts by Rise in Warwick.

For the past three years she has undertaken a number of different roles and helps keep the wheels in motion at Creative Arts by Rise.

Admin volunteer

Gail duties include reception, client enquiries, lunch orders, entering information into the database and collecting money. The former financial counsellor Gail said

I enjoy the interaction with the clients. It’s not dull and boring ever and there is great staff.

It saves me from going mad at home.

Gail travels from Clarkson three times a week. While it might be a long drive, she loves Rise.

She has plans to continue volunteering for as long as she can. Thanks Gail!

Creative Arts by Rise

Creative Arts by Rise, formerly Creative And Therapy Activities, is based in Warwick. Numerous activities are held here. These include:

  • Painting
  • Woodwork
  • Knitting
  • Pottery
  • Excursions

Creative Arts by Rise was formally Creative And Therapy Activities (CATA). CATA merged with Rise in 2016. You can read more about the merger here.

CEO sleepout justine colyer

CEO Sleepout raises funds for homeless

Rise CEO Justine Colyer is set to shiver through a cold night to raise funds for the homeless.

The 2017 CEO Sleepout takes place on Thursday 22 June. The event raises money for St Vincent de Paul to assist the homeless.

CEOs from across the country spend a night outside in a sleeping bag on a piece of cardboard.

CEO Sleepout

Ms Colyer has taken part in the CEO Sleepout since it began in WA in 2010. Ms Colyer said the event was a reminder that some people sleep rough through circumstance and not choice.

It takes CEOs away from our comfortable beds and gets us focused on raising funds for St Vinnies. All money raised on the night goes straight to providing services for those who are homeless. Rise clients are able to benefit from some of the services that St Vinnies provides.

Raising funds for homeless

Ms Colyer has a personal fundraising target of $5,000 for the event. Collectively, the event aims to raise $1million.

Where I live I walk past and chat to people who are homeless nearly every day. I find it appalling that in this day and age we still have people and children who are sleeping on the streets and in cars.

This is the only time during the year when I ask friends and colleagues for a donation to charity. You have overwhelmed me with your generosity in the past and I’m asking if you’d consider donating once more.

Ms Colyer said every donation, however small, made a difference and raised awareness of the issue. She also welcomes engagement on social media to promote homelessness.

Donations can be made here https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/wa-ceos/justine-colyer-rise/

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.

Reconciliation Week banner

Rise marks National Reconciliation Week

Rise has marked National Reconciliation Week with two colourful banners.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs annually from 27 May – 3 June.

In 2017 the week marks two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey:50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.

Street banner project

In 2016 the Department of Aboriginal Affairs ran a Street Banner Project in Perth. The project celebrates the unique culture and place of Aboriginal people in the Western Australian community.

Banners were displayed in the city centre and at strategic locations in the metropolitan area. The project expanded in 2017 to include regional areas.

Rise has two banners on display this year. They are in St George’s Terrace and Cockburn Central.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer attended the launch event on Thursday 25 May. She said the theme of National Reconciliation Week is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’, which resonated strongly with Rise.

We are currently undertaking Aboriginal Cultural Awareness training across the organisation. In April we merged with Armadale-based provider Home Help Local who have a strong focus on engagement and programs for older Aboriginals.

We have recently employed an Aboriginal staff member to help increase our employment of staff in that area and better represent the community in which we work.

Ensuring we provide cultural sensitivity for indigenous Australians is important to us. We are pleased to take part in this project once again.


We provide a number of services across the aged care, disability, mental health and youth sectors. For more information visit risenetwork.com.au

creative arts volunteers

Students volunteer in creative arts

Students from St Stephen’s school in Duncraig volunteered at Creative Arts by Rise recently.

Year 8 and 9 students attended the Warwick centre during National Volunteer Week.

Creative Arts by Rise is a day centre where guests can enjoy a range of craft activities such as woodwork, painting, sewing and drawing.

creative arts volunteers

Students volunteer

The students helped in the pottery and painting rooms, as well as potting cacti for Rise guests in hanging baskets.

Homeroom teacher Nicola Kirby said the school was completing service learning. This involves volunteering with different organisations, such as Rise.

Each term they do something different to help others. The students here expressed an interest because they like the arts.

It is a good opportunity for them to think about other people rather than themselves.

The students were made welcome by the staff and guests. It is the second time this year students from the school have volunteered.

Creative Arts by Rise

Creative Arts by Rise was formally Creative And Therapy Activities (CATA). CATA merged with Rise in 2016. You can read more about the merger here.

Rise celebrates Volunteer Week

Rise celebrated National Volunteer Week 2017 in style!

National Volunteer Week ran from 8th-14th May.

Rise held several events to celebrate all our wonderful helpers.

Home Help Local volunteer breakfast

Home Help Local (HHL) recently merged with Rise. A breakfast was held to thank all the wonderful people who give their time.

A cooked breakfast was provided at the Armadale office. More than 40 people attended and there was a raffle drawn.

Dome Bassendean over run with volunteers

Dome volunteer breakfast

An event was held at Dome Bassendean. Around 30 volunteers came together to enjoy breakfast and chat. People were bussed in from HHL in Armadale and Warwick, for those volunteers at Creative Arts by Rise.

It was a great opportunity to catch up over coffee and recognise their hard work. Several events are held each year.

Rise volunteers

Rise has more than 160 volunteers. They play a vital role with supporting clients, undertaking admin work or driving clients. We thank them for their dedication! To find out more click here.

HHL volunteer

Volunteering expands John’s world

John (70) has been a volunteer with Rise (formerly Home Help Local) for 18 months.

Twice a week he travels to Rise in Mount Richon and then travels even further, transporting people to appointments.

He arrives at the home base and is gratefully handed his schedule by the coordinators.

He might be driving to Serpentine and then to the city, but for John it’s about helping out. He said

I enjoy the people that you meet. Some of them like to chat and it is great to reminisce about the old times in Perth.

If I didn’t volunteer, my world would all be within 5-10 kms. But I get to get out and see new things, like the football stadium.

He describes his volunteering as very rewarding.

You feel like you are helping people.

Home Help Local

Home Help Local merged with Rise last month. This increases Rise’s services across the metropolitan area to the Armadale area. Read more about the merger here.