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FaCS Staff Exchange Program

RISE letters in forestRise recently took part in the FaCS Staff Exchange Program where we were fortunate enough to have a FaCS Direct Agency Support member, Sophie Parnell, visit our operations at Rise, and for our CFO, Polly Klante, to benefit from a reciprocal visit to the FaCS team at their offices.

Rise were excited to have Sophie visit us, as she was able to engage with teams from all of our core service areas plus our corporate team. In particular, the teams were able to share their experiences in submitting recent tenders and of how they work together with the various Government agencies that fund us. It was a great opportunity to share the general issues we face, what works and what has room for improvement.

On the return visit, Polly was able to get a good understanding of the various teams within FaCS and what role they all play in bringing about the DCSP Policy initiatives. A highlight of the day was a mock tender evaluation process which gave a good insight into the process that the various government agencies are following once they receive tender applications from NFPs such as ourselves, and what they are looking for in an application.

Rise feels fortunate to have been a part of this innovative program and learning experience and strongly believes that it can only help improve the working relations ships between NFPs and Government agencies as we all work together to provide great outcomes for our communities.

Polly Klante, CFO

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Watch 4 Videos

In the lead up to the State Election for Western Australia, Rise is partnering with West Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) to lobby for reform which will, we believe, positively impact our ageing community, youth at risk and those challenged with mental health issues.

Helen Dymond, our Divisional Manager for Aged Care, challenges the current two system, Federal and State, and the lack of simplicity and ease for our elderly to access services. Helen also confronts the rising cost of utilities and the impact this has on people to feel confident and comfortably in their own home as they grow older.

Tara Seaward, the Acting Divisional Manager for Youth and Mental Health Services at Rise tells of the growing difficulty young women are facing in finding stable housing after they have accessed our crisis accommodation service at Kira House.

Watch our 4 Videos and share your opinion on our Vimeo or Facebook pages.

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Watch 4 Videos

In the lead up to the State Election for Western Australia, Rise is partnering with West Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) to lobby for reform which will, we believe, positively impact our ageing community, youth at risk and those challenged with mental health issues.

Helen Dymond, our Divisional Manager for Aged Care, challenges the current two system, Federal and State, and the lack of simplicity and ease for our elderly to access services.  Helen also confronts the rising cost of utilities and the impact this has on people to feel confident and comfortably in their own home as they grow older.

Tara Seaward, the Acting Divisional Manager for Youth and Mental Health Services at Rise tells of the growing difficulty young women are facing in finding stable housing after they have accessed our crisis accommodation service at Kira House.

Watch our 4 Videos and share your opinion on our Vimeo or Facebook pages.

Clients at the Centre

Michael & Liz at Andrews Place

The recent National Disability Services (NDS) State conference was one of the most thought provoking of recent times, with the keynote speakers challenging delegates to think about the future of service delivery and person-centred outcomes, and how a future workforce would meet those challenges.

Over arching these challenges is the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will bring with it a major shift in services to people with a disability. As a result, delegates from organisations such as Rise are planning how to best implement service delivery models, which ensure that the client is at the centre of all planning and that the organisation is set up to meet those needs.

Gary Hurst
Divisional Manager – People with Disability

Volunteers, Cowboys and Indians

Many thanks goes to all Volunteers within the organisation who give of their time so readily.

We always enjoy thanking our Volunteers and this years 2012 Volunteer Dinner was no exception.

This years theme was Country and Western and the room was alight with imitation fires, cow hide galore and a hay bale or two. We had cowboys, cowgirls and an Indian squaw or two!

Many hours go into the lead up for our annual event. This year saw 50 volunteers plus all of our helpers sit down for a three course meal superbly created and served by the Country Women’s Association (CWA). Helen from CWA and all her helpers always create the most amazing aromas and dining. “Freight Train” entertained us with their Country and Western music style throughout the evening.

Awards, cactus, prizes and laughter filled the evening air and our Sheriff for the evening, “Woody”, kept everyone entertained with quizzes and music trivia.

A great crowd and a superb evening. From me (Sam Hrubos – Volunteer Coordinator) to all of you “Thanks” and see you all next year. Mmmmm wonder what the theme will be?

Take a look at the Photo Album from the evening.

 

30 Aged Care Staff Graduate – Congratulations

Well done.

Helen Dymond, Rise’s Aged Care Divisional Manager, acknowledges the graduates at the Graduation Ceremony held in the garden at Wahroonga on Tuesday 4th December 2012. This event was to recognise and congratulate all 30 staff members who have committed to the Certificate III – Home and Community Care and Aged Care training programme over many months. They have now successfully demonstrated their competency and have earned their qualification.

We are committed to up-skilling our staff with relevant and focused training and in conjunction with Central Institute of Technology we have provided a dual qualification in Home and Community Care and Aged Care, to our aged care support staff. This nationally recognised qualification builds on the knowledge and practical skills staff have and use daily in their roles supporting clients in their homes our Social Centres and other community settings.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the support and work of Central Institute of Technology’s Aged Care Lecturers, Michelle Bishop and Venda Wilkie, and Industry Liaison Personnel, Ben Bothma who participated in the ceremony.

Take a look at our Photo Gallery from the graduation ceremony.

Well done to all.

Homeless Connect – Perth

On Wednesday the 14th of November the Rise Youth Team attended Perth’s ‘Homeless Connect’ event held at Russell Square and the Hellenic Community Centre in Northbridge.

The Homeless Connect project is about providing a “one stop shop” of essential and on-going services to homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness. Community groups, businesses and Government offered assistance with housing, medical and dental issues, legal issues, mental health and addiction issues, employment, recreation opportunities, identification issues, electoral enrolment and other services. Personal care services were also offered including showers, haircuts, massage, clothes, craft activities, physical training, book giveaway, entertainment and catering (meals and refreshments were provided through the day).

Over Sixty service providers from government, not-for-profit sector, business and individuals set up the successful “one stop shop” of services with the support of over 100 volunteers on the day. Homeless Connect events have been held in over 220 cities across the United States, Canada and Australia (Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Gold Coast).

Our Youth Team set up and ran a Rise stand in the Hellenic Centre, and spent the day talking to attendees about all of the services Rise has to offer. They were approached by a huge range of attendees with varying personal circumstances, responded to questions and provided information about Rise’s Mental Health, Aged Care, Disabilities and of course, Youth Services programs.

An estimated 600 homeless and otherwise disadvantaged people attended the event, and Youth staff met with and spoke to over 50 guests throughout the day.

Thank you Bankwest

Thank you to Bankwest for Volunteering at Rise – Wahroonga Social Centre in Mundaring.

Wahroonga staff for longer than I can recall have been dreaming of a staffroom. On the 5 October 2012, thanks to Bankwest and Volunteering WA their dream came true. Twenty-seven volunteers from Bankwest rose to the task – armed with sunscreen, hats, brute force and muscle, not to mention a great positive attitude. The Wahroonga rear demountable was transformed into a tranquil, peaceful room of bliss. Fresh paint and new furniture now envelopes the room and we celebrated in style for the Melbourne Cup Day.

The area also now has a fantastic raised garden area, after much pruning and repositioning of railway sleepers. Sanded and sealed table settings, umbrellas and an area for a water feature are just a few of the surprises that greeted staff. The garden beds will become a memorial garden for clients who pass away and give the staff a nice area to reflect and remember.

Another big task that day was the painting of the picket fence that runs the entire frontage of Wahroonga. My thoughts are that the painting crew never want to see either green paint or a paint brush for quite a while.

The Bankwest volunteers worked tirelessly that day – grubby faces and clothes matched perfectly with the happy smiles that donned each and every volunteer. This project could not have gone better.

Take a look at the photographs in our Album.

This is what the Bankwest Volunteers said about the day:

“The satisfaction of completing every task we were given. Meeting new people and seeing the appreciation in the people’s faces.”

“Sense of fulfillment.”

“Team building, fun, and positive.”

“ Working with others to build something that will add value for years.”

“Working with a group to achieve something that will give joy to the people in the facility.”

“Sense of achievement and doing something good for the community.”

“Was wonderful to be able to give back to the community.”

“Really amazed at un-selfish or non-profit activity done by RISE organisation.”

“As the day went on, it was nice to form a connection with the clients.”

“Helping others makes us feel good.”

 

Thanks Bankwest and everyone who “Gave 1” that day.

Samantha Hrubos

Senior Coordinator Volunteers

 

Bankwest Volunteers Bring in the Big Boys Toys!


The 5th of October was a big day at Centenary House – thanks to Bankwest Volunteers and Volunteering WA.

What a fantastic day it was. After having some reserves over the moving of the rock wall (I really did think the job would be too big.) – I was delighted to meet a lovely couple whose eyes lit up at the task. They embraced the chance to bring in the big boys toys – left for a while to go home and brought back the required tools and vehicles, and tackled the wall with their team.

Another enthusiastic group sanded and painted the pergola, removed old lavender bushes, weeded the lawn areas and all the new plants were planted.

I was delighted by the enthusiasm and interest of the Bankwest volunteers. They asked a lot of questions about the people they were helping and the Social Centre members were encouraged to go out and mingle, which they did.

Our members couldn’t wait to use the revamped pergola and garden areas, and they were bubbling with excitement which is the whole point of these wonderful volunteering days.

All tasks at hand were finished within the time frame – the whole day was choreographed perfectly including the cleanup at the end of the day.

As a not for profit organisation it is days like these that are invaluable to us, not only the monetary value but the chance for all parties to meet and appreciate each other. My favourite time of the day was right at the end, after all speeches were said and done (Thank you Mavis) when people were packing up to leave – all the volunteers were coming up and thanking me for the opportunity to give to their community and tell me of the wonderful day they had all had.

Take a look at the photographs in our Album.

Well done!

Wendy Grivell, Coordinator

Rise Wins Business Excellence Award

Justine Colyer (CEO) and Robyn Fitall (Executive Officer) were delighted to accept on behalf of Rise, the Mundaring Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award for a medium/large business on Saturday evening – 4 November 2012.

Justine Colyer said, “This was not an award for a specific program or an individual but a recognition of everything that Rise contributes to the community and the local economy.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be acknowledged and for the team at Rise to be recognised and valued for the work it is seen to be doing in the community.”