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Hyperfest 2017 Rise Youth Team

HyperFest stall a hit with youth

Rise Community Network had a stall at HyperFest on Saturday 18 February. The stall proved a hit with teenagers from across Perth.


Hyperfest is a concert run by volunteers. Each year it attracts thousands of teenagers. The line up of artists in 2017 included All Day, Hands Like Houses, Asta, Hockey Dad and Nicole Millar. The concert was held on Midland Oval.

Youth stall

Rise Youth Team and volunteers took it in shifts to man the stall. The stall had a photo booth, giveaways and information. The team dressed as doctors and nurses. Rise Community Network CEO Justine Colyer joined in the fun. They promoted the ‘Dr Love’ concept which is focused on healthy relationships.

Hyperfest 2017 Rise Youth Team

There were two large canvases asking youths to describe both healthy and unhealthy relationships. Rise Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said it was fantastic to see the youths so involved.

The event was brilliant, our stall was jammed with hundreds of young people, having their photos taken, writing on the boards and seeing the doctor for information about relationships – it was a huge success!

Family and Domestic Violence is a real issue amongst our young people, with many of them suffering in silence with no idea where to go or who to talk to. Our friendly stall enabled us to reach out to these young people in a fun way but also to pass on vital information enabling young people to identify abuse and know what help is out there.

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 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.

Justin O'Meara Smith

Rise Community Network farewell’s Justin O’Meara Smith

Last week Rise Community Network bid farewell to Justin O’Meara Smith. Justin was Divisional Manager for People with Disability. Justin will be moving on to become CEO of Interchange WA.

Goodbye Justin

Staff had the chance to say goodbye to Justin during a morning tea. Justin said his time at Rise Community network has been amazing.

I am so blessed to have had the chance to work at Rise and receive so much support.

This has helped me to grow both in my professional career and in my understanding of how we as a support organisation help people to achieve their goals and live a great life.

Great support comes from vision, values and AMAZING staff…and truly you are all amazing.

Justin O'Meara Smith

Next chapter

Justin told staff he was excited about the next chapter of his career.

I am so excited about the next chapter in my career knowing a goal has been reached – being a CEO of a values and service based organisation.  Interchange WA is a great organisation and I am very proud to be joining their team.

People with Disability division

CEO Justine Colyer said Justin would be missed:

Justin is greater than the sum of his parts; he was so much more than just the Divisional Manager for People with Disability – he was just about the best kind of colleague to have.

People with Disability Manager Supported Accomodation Karan Cinquina said Justin was a big personality.

You always knew at the end of a meeting if he said ‘just one more thing’ that you were bound to be there for another hour!

Divisional Manager Aged Care Helen Dymond will be overseeing the People with Disability division in the immediate future.

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.

Rise Comunity Network social centre Wahroonga Tommio Amagasu

Social centre provides creative outlet

Rise Community Network client Tommio Amagasu loves the arts. Mr Amagasu (80) attends a social centre each week and this provides him a creative outlet.

For many years Mr Amagasu  has attended Wahroonga in Mundaring on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A creative life

Mr Amagasu arrived in Australia 25 years ago with his wife. The pair live in Mundaring and have been involved with the arts sector. For many years Mr Amagasu was a volunteer Japanese tour guide for the Art Gallery of Western Australia. He has also been a supporter of the WA Ballet.

Now, Mr Amagasu enjoys painting water colours and listening to music. His Rise Community Network support worker Tomoe Scook is also Japanese. She has been assisting Mr Amagasu for two years. She said:

Tomio loves music, especially Elvis Presley. He likes to paint and draw. He likes to sit with a nice view of the garden and will paint the different seasons.

Social Centres

Wahroonga is one of three social centres operated by Rise Community Network. 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.

Rise Community Network Youth Team

Youth team heads to HyperFest 2017

Rise Community Network’s Youth Team is getting ready for Hyperfest 2017. The team will be at the popular youth event again.

Hyperfest is a concert run by volunteers. Each year it attracts thousands of teenagers. The line up of artists includes All Day, Hands Like Houses, Asta, Hockey Dad and Nicole Millar.

Rise Youth Team

Rise Youth Team will be in the markets stalls this year. There will be plenty of giveaways and information. There will also be a photo booth from 12pm-5pm. Come down and meet the friendly team!

Hyperfest 2017

  • 18 February 2017
  • 12pm – 9pm
  • Midland Oval
  • Ages 12+
  • This is a drug, smoke and alcohol free event

Tickets are available from www.hyperfest.com.au


Alderson Place Open Day 27th February

Alderson Place opens in Cockburn Central

Rise Community Network is taking an exciting step forward. A new service hub will be officially opened in the Cockburn area this month.

For many years, Rise Community Network has provided services for aged care, people with disability, mental health and youth in the eastern region.

The opening of the Cockburn hub provides more service coverage across the Perth metro area.

Rise Community Network CEO Justine Colyer said Alderson Place opened on Monday 27th February.

“The opening of Alderson Place is a wonderful step forward in the growth of Rise Community Network,” she said.

“We are delighted to increase our presence in the southern suburbs. We look forward to making a difference in the lives of many people in this region.

Alderson Place is named in recognition of Rise’s former Board Chair, Anna Alderson. She is a person who lived our values. Her passion for community inspired us to name the building after her.

Open Day Activities

Everyone is welcome to attend the Open Day. Activities on the Open Day include:

  • art activities by Creative Arts by Rise
  • a caricature artist
  • face painter
  • sausage sizzle lunch
  • information booths.

Alderson Place Open Day

The opening event will run on:
Monday 27th February
9.30am – 2.30pm (ribbon cutting ceremony at 12pm)
6/1 Merino Entrance, Cockburn Central

Numerous services will be based at Alderson Place including disability and aged care. Non-for-profit organisation Therapy Focus will also be present at the Open Day.

Donate to a cause to buy a school uniforms for disadvantaged young women

Buy a school uniform for a young woman

Many children are returning to school this week, however some will not have the appropriate school uniform.

Rise Community Network offers community members the chance to buy school uniforms for those who are less fortunate.

Kira House

Rise Community Network operates Kira House, which is a crisis home for young women aged 14-18 years. Young women can be leaving a violent family or domestic situation. Some of the young women who come to us have nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Continuing education

It is important for young people to continue their education. This provides many options later in life. However, many of these young women do not have school uniforms, either for a new school or to ‘fit in’.

With your gift, we can purchase her a summer or winter uniform for school.

How you can help

For a donation of $125 you can provide a vulnerable young woman a uniform and help her continue her education. Your donations are gratefully received. You can donate here.

Rise Community Network

2016: A year of celebration at Rise Community Network

As we look back at 2016, Rise Community Network are so proud of what we have achieved this year.

Here are some of our highlights

We have so much more to give in 2017…watch this space and have a happy new year!

Share the Dignity donates bags to women in need

Who are Share the Dignity?

Share the Dignity believe that sanitary items should be a right and not a privilege for all women.

Read here about how Rise have worked in partnership with Share the Dignity before.

Donations of bags to Rise Community Network

Share the Dignity donated over 90 bags to Rise Youth and Mental Health Services last week, through #itsinthebag Christmas Campaign.

It’s in the bag

The “It’s in the Bag” Christmas campaign is aimed at making women feel special. So often women put others needs before their own. Share the Dignity wanted to make them feel special this Christmas too.

They facilitated a campaign for people to donate a handbag and to fill it with items that would make a woman feel special. Some volunteers even put a thoughtful note into the bag with a lovely message for the women.

How will these bags help women at Rise?

Rise Youth and Mental Health Services will distribute these bags to our clients. We know they will be really well received and appreciated.

It will make our women feel special during a period of time, which can be distressing and full of sadness.

We hope these bags and small tokens of kindness will put a smile on their faces this Christmas.


Thank You

We would like to say a particular Thank you to Janine Fisher and all the Shero’s that helped along the way