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Family Fun Day Creative Arts by Rise

Putting the FUN in Family Fun Day

Creative Arts by Rise welcomed hundreds of visitors during their Family Fun Day.

The Family Fun Day was held on Saturday 12th August at Creative Arts by Rise in Warwick.

Family Fun Day

People were able to see a range of artworks including paintings, pottery and woodwork on display.

There were wood burning and pottery wheel demonstrations. A number of craft activities included painting wood houses and spoons

Children also enjoyed meeting reptiles thanks to Amy Wild Reptile Adventures and having their faces painted by Rosie O Entertainers.

Program Manager Skye Stevens said the event was a great success.

We had over 150 people come with their families to join in the activities and support Creative Arts. The day was enjoyed by families, clients and staff and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Homelessness Week

The event was possible thanks to a grant from Shelter WA. Lots of information about homelessness was displayed around the building. Some money was also raised for Shelter WA with a donation box and the sale of calendars.

Many of our people are at greater risk of becoming homeless. Some of the reasons are housing affordability, mental health and disability. Rise is proud to be an advocate and raise awareness of the issue.

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.

Get Away club 20 years

Get Away Club celebrates 20 years

Rise’s Get Away Club celebrated it’s 20th year of operation this week!

Formed in 1997, the group aims to get active seniors out and enjoying Perth and surrounds.

Members range from 50 to 100 years and enjoy a variety of excursions, including overnight and longer stays.

20 year celebration

The 20 year anniversary of the club was marked with a morning tea at Wahroonga social centre in Mundaring.

Members came together to mark the occasions, viewing photo albums from past years. They also had fun finding their names on an embroidered tablecloth.

Current program planner Marilla Pierson said the group had around 40 members.

I often say how much I love my job. I get to work with the most friendly and fun-loving people you could work with.

Our next holiday is in September, a wildflower holiday up to Geraldton.

Get Away club 20 years

Get Away foundations

Sally Roberts was one of the founding members of the club. She also spoke of her happy memories of years past.

They are some of the happiest years. We had a lot of fun and did a lot of fun things.

The oldest member of the Get Away club is Vicky Turner at the ripe age of 99 years. We’re sure she has some tales to tell from past years!

Rise Aged Care

Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

car women children transport

New car helps support women and children

A new car purchased thanks to a grant is helping women and children travel around Perth.

The Youth services St John of God Outreach program was successful in securing a grant from Lotterywest.

Outreach Program

The outreach program provides individual support for young women aged 14 – 18 years who have experienced family and domestic violence.

Meeting in person is essential to help build their capacity to enable them to live independently and safely in the community.

Many of the young women have previously been accommodated at Kira House, which is the only 24 hour accessible crisis accommodation service for this age group in WA, and so come from all over the Perth.

Transporting women and children

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said the new car will make a big difference to women receiving support.

Approximately 30% of these young women have accompanying children but unfortunately the old vehicle was not big enough to transport their children, which caused additional barriers during support.

We are now able to transport women and children when they need it.

The Lotterywest grant totalled $13,474 and the car was purchased recently from Phoenix Holden.

Youth Services

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.

shower renovation hazel

Small shower upgrade makes big difference

A small upgrade to their bathroom has made a big difference to the lives of a Stoneville couple.

Owen Richards has received services from Rise for a number of years.

His wife Hazel said twice a week support workers assisted with showering.

bathroon renovation

Shower upgrades

Recently Hazel became aware that they had unspent allocated funding they could use for home modification or equipment.

To make life easier for Owen, they decided to renovate the shower.

Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) carried out the upgrade, which included removing the hob. The glass frame was also replaced with shatter proof glass and new tiles with drainage slope installed.

Hazel said the upgrade had made a big difference.

Owen can walk straight in now, and doesn’t need to to step up to get in the shower.

It has helped a lot and made it much easier. We’re very happy.

In addition to support services, Owen also attends our respite house in Mount Helena several times a year. This is a great change of scenery for Owen and a chance to meet new friends.

Rise aged care

Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

craft prep for Mundaring markets stall

Seniors get crafty for Mundaring markets

Members across three Rise social centres have been busy making craft for the upcoming Mundaring markets.

Rise will host a stall at the Sunday Mundaring Markets on Sunday 13th August.

Social centres get busy

Rise will set up a stall outside Wahroonga, a social centre on Craig Street in Mundaring.

Various arts and crafts made by our members will be available for sale. Items include heat bags, scarves, beanies, drink coasters, aprons and lots more.

Aged Care Coordinator Jackie Quinn said members were looking forward to the market, which is a yearly activity.

All our craft is made by our savvy seniors, sometimes with the help of our staff and volunteers. The three combined social centres Wahroonga, Centenary House and Moorditj Mia are all part of this activity.

Our proceeds go back toward buying more craft supplies for our clients to get started on the craft stall for the next year.

Mundaring markets

As well as craft for sale, market attendees will be able to purchase a Devonshire tea for $4.50. This will be available from inside Wahroonga social centre’s kitchen, which is a great chance for people to see our facility.

The market runs from 9am – 1pm on Nichol and Craig streets in Mundaring. There are a variety of stalls including plants, food and general items.

Aged care services

Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

Family Fun Day creative Arts by Rise Warwick

Rise hosts Family Fun Day in Warwick

Rise is gearing up for a whole day of festivities at our free Family Fun Day at Creative Arts by Rise.

The event takes place on Saturday 12th August in Warwick, from 10am to 2pm.

Creative Arts by Rise

Rise Program Manager Skye Stevens said the event was a great opportunity to show the public what Creative Arts by Rise is all about. The event is also supporting a good cause and bringing awareness to Shelter WA during Homelessness Week.

Creative Arts by Rise provides a safe and supportive environment for people to get creative. We run painting, craft, woodwork and pottery activities at our centre.

During the Family Fun Day we will be celebrating our people and showcasing the work of our talented members. We will also be raising a little money through the proceeds from selling our new calendar.

Family Fun Day

Activities at the free family event include:

  • Gold coin donation sausage sizzle
  • Craft activities for the family
  • Face painters & entertainment
  • Pottery Wheel and Wood Burning demonstrations

The Family Fun Day is made possible through funding from Shelter WA.

The event runs at 12 Dorchester Avenue, Warwick.

We look forward to seeing you there! View the poster here.

school holidays July

Youths discover what it take to be a youth worker

Youths taking part in school holiday activities at Stratton Edge Youth Centre have just wrapped up an action-packed two weeks.

What it takes to be a Youth worker

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the first activity looked at the role of a youth worker.

We wanted to dispel some of the myths of youth work and show the young people of Stratton what our jobs are all about.

We had Jenni and Jacki from two of the Outreach Case Management roles and our student Amanda come down to the youth centre and talk about how we can support young people with their goals.

The young people took part in a quiz and a ‘worry balls’ exercise where they tried to see how many balls one person could handle.

After that, the young people each designed a poster for our upcoming Skateboard, scooter, BMX project. The winning poster is being plastered around Stratton to advertise the events.

NAIDOC Week events

For the second activity the group checked out the NAIDOC event at Ashfield, before stopping at the Bayswater Skate Park to try out some new scooter tricks.

The third activity included a trip to Scitech where some of the young people enjoyed a fantastic presentation on things that glow. The others ran around and experimented with as many different activities as they could.

We then had another sneaky trip to Bayswater Skate Park on the way home!

Skye said the last activity was a delicious steak dinner at Hog’s Breath Café, and then off to the cinema to giggle through Despicable Me 3.

Youth services

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.

Mental health conference

Mental Health team value conference learnings

Rise’s Mental Health team learnt some valuable lessons at a recent conference we sponsored.

The WA Mental Health Awards and Conference 2017 were held on 13th and 14th July. Rise was proud to be a bronze sponsor of the event, which was held at Perth Concert Hall.

Rise had a stall at the conference, which was a good chance to share what we do with the industry.

It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet friends old and new.

Conference sessions

Many Rise staff attended the sessions offered over the two days. Team member Kristi said she enjoyed a presentation by Rhianwen Beresford from the WA Peer Supporters Network.

This was very informative and acknowledged the challenges Peer Support Workers may experience in a workplace, spoke of the invaluable knowledge and experience they bring to the team and the substantial increase in positive outcomes for clients.

The sessions were varied, with a focus on client care as well. Kristi said a talk by Mike Steward from Mental Health Advocacy Service looked at how advocacy works for clients.

This was fabulous, and a great resource for anyone who finds themselves in the mental health system, especially for those in the psychiatric hostels, involuntary patients and those needing advice.

Rise mental health services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

volunteer drivers

Rise seeks volunteer drivers

Rise is currently seeking volunteer drivers to help get clients to medical appointments, and assist with internal mail deliveries.

Armadale drivers

Based in Armadale, the newly merged Home Help Local is looking for volunteer transport drivers to take our clients to local medical appointments. Clients also need to be transported to the major hospitals and clinics throughout Perth.

Hours and days can be flexible to suit the applicant and a vehicle will be provided. We require a minimum C class drivers licence and a current police clearance.

Volunteer mileage will be reimbursed to assist you to get to and from your volunteering role. For more information please contact Lisa on lisa.begley@risenetwork.com.au

Internal drivers

Rise are seeking volunteer drivers to undertake regular internal mail delivery services between our offices located in Middle Swan, Warwick and Armadale.

Ideally, you will be able to commit to a regular, minimum once-a-week schedule (or more if able) delivering paperwork and small packages between offices. These routes will include;

  •  Middle Swan – Warwick (and return)
  • Middle Swan – Armadale, via Forrestfield (and return)

Volunteers will be required to use their own vehicles, for which you will be reimbursed all mileage expenses. You should also hold a C class drivers licence with all required insurances and be able to complete volunteer application requirements. For more information please contact Lisa on lisa.begley@risenetwork.com.au

Rise volunteers

Rise values the contribution of all volunteers that assist in the delivery of community services to West Australians throughout Perth. With over 150 volunteers currently, Rise offer a strong network of support and opportunities to celebrate the vital contributions made to our organisation including ongoing events, newsletters and dedicated staff support. For more information click here.

Justine Colyer fake baby

Young people learn parenting skills with fake baby

This year a fake baby program was introduced at Rise to help with parenting skills for youth.  Rise currently have one life-like baby named Charlie, who offers a real-life experience for expectant mothers.

Supporting expectant mothers with fake baby

At Kira House, we provide safe accommodation and support for young women aged 14-18 years escaping from family and domestic violence. Approximately 30% of these young women have accompanying children and/or are pregnant.

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said Rise used Charlie to support the young women to develop their parenting skills.

Charlie reacts by crying when he needs to be fed, rocked and changed. He also responds by cooing when he all his needs are met.

The fake baby records how well the baby has been cared for by tracking head support and wrong positioning, temperatures and clothing changes. This report can be printed off to show how well the ‘parent’ has cared for the baby.

Rise staff take on baby challenge

A number of Rise staff are taking part in the program. Each staff member has 24 hours with Charlie and had their report printed for comparison.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer was one of the first to look after Charlie. She juggled looking after him between meetings, with her executive officer Sonia seen undertaking some babysitting duties!

Rise Youth Services

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.