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Youths learn how to save-a-mate

Youths have been learning how to save-a-mate in an emergency.

Earlier this month the Australian Red Cross ran their save-a-mate (SAM) workshop.

More than 20 young people came to the workshop at Stratton Edge Youth Centre.


The save-a-mate (SAM) program provides young people with the skills to prevent, recognise and respond to emergencies caused by alcohol and other drugs.

The workshop was run during Youth Week. Youths looked at risk factors for an overdose, what one looks like and what to do if someone has one. Together, the trainers and the youths also created a painting.


Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the youths enjoyed the workshop.

They learnt how to put someone into the recovery position, and participated in a group painting for Youth Week.

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.


NEYON rise youth

Youth team tackles local issues through NEYON

Rise’s Youth team is helping to tackle local issues through the NEYON group.

NEYON is the primary Youth Network in the North East Region of Perth. The group aims to drive positive change on youth issues.

NEYON meets six times a year, with Rise Youth hosting the most recent meeting.

Productive NEYON meeting

Marcia Miceli from The Smith Family facilitated a discussion regarding the top challenges for young people in the area.

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said mental health, accommodation, education and family support were the most prevalent.

This was a fantastic discussion which showed the passion and expertise our youth workers have across the region.

The NEYON Coordination Group will meet next month and use this information to plan our strategy for the next 12 months.

We look forward to see how this collaboration of ideas and the positive change it will bring.

The NEYON group is considering discussing one common youth challenge each meeting. Leading agencies in the field would be bought in to offer advice.

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.

Rise LGBTI training

Rise takes part in LGBTI training

Rise employees have been taking part in LGBTI training. The half-day training sessions are being offered to all employees.

LGBTI training

The Opening Closets program is run by Living Proud and the Mental Health Commission.

The training is designed to improve services for LGBTI clients.

Training sessions are interactive. Rise employees are encouraged to actively take part in the sessions and ask questions.

The aim of the training is for employees to be more aware of LGBTI issues and ensure everyone is treated equally.

Diversity in the workplace

Rise is a diverse workplace and supports clients from all walks of life. Our services include support for aged care, disability, mental health and youth. For more information visit www.risenetwork.com.au

Youth week 2017

Safe tattoo messages at Youth Week event

Young people learnt about safe tattoos at a Youth Week event.

Youth Week

National Youth Week 2017 ran from 31 March to 9 April. Hundreds of events were held across the state to celebrate the annual event.

Rise had a stall at the Yarn Action Group’s event on Friday 7th April. It was held at YMCA Leederville headquarters.

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said a range of Perth youth services offered activities.

There was a hip hop battle, graffiti art, tie dye shirts, dream catcher making, free sausage sizzle and lots of free giveaways. Skye said:

We had a great time spraying on tattoos, and talking about some of the dangers of unsafe tattoos like Hepatitis C. We were empowering young people to make safe and smart choices when/if they decide to ever get a tattoo.

Youth Week tattoos

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.

family fun day wahroonga 2017

Family fun day a hit with all ages

A family fun day held at Mundaring this week proved popular for all ages.

Social centre attendees from Wahroonga and Centenerary traveled to Mundaring for the event.

School holiday family fun

A family fun day is held every two years and allows families to come together.

Coordinator Aged Care Centre Based Services Jackie Quinn said the event was held during school holidays.

The fun day is open to all day centre members and their families. Activities included Easter craft for the kids, face painting, cuddly animal farm, fortune teller and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny.

Lunch was a sausage sizzle with an ice-cream van, a popcorn machine and bagged fairy floss.

Both young and old were enjoying cuddles from the animals. The Easter Bunny also proved popular and people were lining up to have their photo with him. Fortune teller Mystique was also a hit, with people enjoying having their cards read.

You can see the photo gallery here.

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.

Sunflower Sunday

Art activities popular at Sunflower Sunday

Hundreds of children enjoyed a great day out at Sunflower Sunday, taking part in art activities.

Sunflower Sunday is an annual event coordinated by Rise’s partner Therapy Focus.

Art activities

Rise had a stall at the event on Sunday 9th April. With help from Creative Arts by Rise, an art activity was run.

Children where able to colour and create their own pinwheel. It was quick and easy and proved very popular.

Children from the ages of two to 10 enjoyed making the craft.

Sunflower Sunday

The all abilities event in Bicton had fun for the whole family. There was face painting, a flying fox, inflatable obstacle course, silent disco and more.

The weather was warm and sunny, creating a great day out for the whole family.

Supporting people

Rise supports people with a disability. We had lots of information at our stall. You can find out more on our website here.

air fryer

Girls get healthy eating help with air fryer donation

A generous donation to Kira House of air fryers is helping young girls to eat healthy food safely.

Kira House is a safe house run by Rise. It helps young women fleeing unsafe situations.

Air fryer safety

Rise Program Coordinator Dale Heyward said staff recent attended fire warden training where the danger associated with deep frying was highlighted at the training.

The young girls at Kira House are learning how to cook healthy food and Smith’s Automotive Parts offered the solution to the deep frying dilemma by purchasing the two air fryers.

The residents can keep safe and healthy. No more deep frying and no more hot oil fire risk!

Dale said the donation was gratefully received. Many of the young women at Kira House have children, so an air fryer provides a safer method of cooking.

Kira House

Kira House is a safe and confidential 24-hour crisis house for young women aged between 14 and 18 years who are leaving a violent family or domestic situation. The young women are supported and prepared for everyday and future goals. Read more here.

Rise shines at ACSWA state conference

Rise was proud to be a sponsor of a recent aged care conference in Joondalup.

Aged and Community Services Western Australia (ACSWA) hosted their 2017 state conference at Joondalup Resort on 30th and 31st March.

Aged care conference

Rise Aged Care Program Manager, Andrea Kelly said the conference was a valuable and timely opportunity for networking and workshopping the current issues all providers face following the reforms that continue to change the way we deliver aged care services.

Recent aged care changes give clients more choice around who provides their services.

The team at Rise welcome and we encourage our clients to take maximum advantage of this.

Proud sponsor

Rise was a proud conference sponsor and we loved the look of our logo on every delegates lanyard.  Our aged care team welcomed hundreds of people at the booth, giving us the opportunity to discuss our services and share our stories. Andrea Kelly commented

It was a delight to see such positive reaction to our Celebrating People book – I have a real sense of pride in the team at Rise.

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.

Swimming group mundaring rise

Swimming group a great social workout

Rise CEO Justine Colyer joined in the fun of a new swimming exercise group recently.

The club runs on Wednesdays in Mundaring. It was an initiative of Rise staff based in Mundaring. People can take part in low impact exercise, before going for lunch at a local cafe.

CEO swims in

Justine joined the group for their third class. Currently there are six members, with space for a few more. Members are picked up, before they travel to Club Sierra. Activities include walking in the pool, doing some low impact exercises and also enjoying the spa and sauna.

The staff were great with the group; there was no rigid structure to the session but they kept introducing new activities that people could opt in or out of as they felt comfortable. Because it was all fun, we exercised without realising it.

More than exercise

Justine said that while the physical benefits were great, friendship, fun and socialisation were also important.

I love spending time with the social groups for our older citizens. They are open to having fun and don’t take themselves too seriously; they just throw themselves into things.

For some of them in the swimming group, it took some time for them to decide to join either through ill health or lack of confidence but everyone I spoke to on the day was glad they had.

Swimming group mundaring rise

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.

Philip Bascombe Creative arts by rise

Philip loves creating colourful artwork

Philip Bascombe loves creating beautiful artworks. Each week he visits Creative Arts by Rise and makes fun, colourful pieces.

Philip has been a guest at Rise for several months now. He visits each Thursday and has been working in the painting room.

Unique style

Each artwork Philip produces is vibrant and quirky. He uses a variety of mediums to create different scenes. Rise employee Lynne Palmer has been working with Philip in the art room.

Philip is very engaged here and just gets on with the activities. He has a lot of friends here. He normally uses coloured pencils and some watercolours. Recently he tried some paints for the first time.

Music, travelling and cars

Philip is a well travelled man who draws art inspiration from past holidays and his interests.

I like painting and I do drawings at home of houses, buildings and cars. I love American cars.

The knowledge Philip has of cars is amazing. He lists Trans Ams, Pontiacs and Corvettes amongst his favourites. Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Alan Moffat are some of the drivers he will happily chat about.

Each Thursday in the art room guests can submit a song request for ‘Throwback Thursdays’. Lynne said Philip absolutely loves music.

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.