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Keys for Life Training Session

Keys for Life

We had a very successful Keys for Life Training session on Tuesday, which was held at Headspace in Midland. Lorraine, Nina and Skye from our Youth Team ran the session. They had a 100% Success rate!

What is Keys for Life?

The program is a 5 module workshop where young people, aged 15 – 25 can have the opportunity to sit a test at the end of the day. If they pass they will receive a certificate and can take that into the licencing centre to get their Learners permit!

Skye commented,

It was a great day and think it was run really well, we do make a great team :)))) Thanks Lorraine for your amazing intro and power points. Thanks to Nina for keeping us all entertained :))))

Nina’s said,

Well done Skye on a well organised training session today with a 100% success rate. Both you and Lorraine were fabulous and the kids were really excited about the training in the car when I dropped them off.

It was a great day, all the young people connected really well. We all shared morning tea and a subway lunch. It also provides our young people with the opportunity to learn more about our youth services at Rise.

The About You Health Expo

What is the About You Health Expo?

The About Youth Health Expo involved the participation of 200 year 10 students from Eastern Hills, Swan View and Kalamunda Senior High Schools. It was organised by The Seen and Heard Program and is funded by the Shire of Mundaring and delivered by Parkerville Children and Youth Care.

A variety of information sessions were held in different rooms, providing essential information for our young people. These included road safety. mental health and cyberbullying.

All stall holders who attended also provided important information about relevant youth health topics. This ensures students can make informed decisions regarding their own health and wellbeing.

Rise Youth Team

Our Youth Team provided the following on the day;

  • Information on services provided such as Stratton Edge Youth Centre, Kira house, K4L and outreach services by ISS and KHO
  • Our fun, temporary tattoos went down a storm on the day! These were provided with the intention to build rapport with the young people and provide further information on Rise Youth Services
  • The students were given a passport which required them to obtain information from stall holders. Rise Youth’s question was “What does Kira House Provide”

Young people challenge us!

It was great to have so many young people engage with us. However, they also sent us away with some food for thought. When discussing Kira House many of the students asked, “What is there for boys escaping domestic and family violence?”.

This was interesting and has given us an opportunity to identify a gap in service delivery for this cohort to discuss further….

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Team Astroboy get colourful at Perth’s Color Run

The Happiest5k on the planet!

The Color Run was founded in the USA in March 2011, to promote healthiness, happiness and individuality. There are only two rules

  1. Wear white at the starting line
  2. Finish plastered in colour!

Astroboys participation

Our dedicated support workers took the time over the weekend, to treat our “Astroboys” to an action-packed day, of throwing colourful powders at each other!

Amanda, their team leader commented.

It was awesome. The boys especially enjoyed the part where they got to high five the other participants. They really got into the spirit of things, and smiled the whole way. However, it did take 4 hours to clean the wheelchairs afterwards, as they were covered in colourful paint!

See the video here!

Rise are delighted the boys enjoyed their day, and proud we are able to offer them “a welcoming place to belong” as one of our new values!

How can we support you?

Click here to find out how Rise can support you further with our NDIS services.  

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CBRE offer their services for an exciting makeover project at Rise

CBRE, the world’s largest real estate services company

Rise has been approached by CBRE who have offered their services to assist in a makeover. They will be transforming two People with Disability residential sites, Pioneer House and Nobel House in Mt Helena.

CBRE Cares

CBRE Cares is the company’s corporate giving and volunteer organisation. They facilitate a wide-range of charitable activities for the community.

The makeover project

CBRE Cares has a volunteer workforce of 100+ enthusiastic staff, and will ‘make-over’ the outdoor areas of two supported accommodation facilities over the course of one week (14 – 18th November 2016).

Each day will see a different group of CBRE people on-site tackling different aspects of the project. The aim is to provide outdoor areas that are accessible, functional and attractive for the people who call these houses home.

Keep an eye on our blog, as we post further information and transformation pictures!

We can’t wait to see the final makeover!

Looking through our trauma informed lens with NEYON training at Rise

What is NEYON?

NEYON is the primary Youth Network in the North East Region of Perth. It shares collective agency expertise and response. NEYON’s mission is to drive a positive change on youth issues and initiatives. They do this through lobbying, collaboration and supportive training within the sector.

NEYON Training at Rise

Dale Heyward from Rise Youth Services gave a presentation on Trauma Informed Care at the NEYON event. This event is attended by a range of youth organisations in the North East Region of Perth.

Dales presentation highlighted the impact of trauma upon young women. The focus was also on how youth workers can respond to challenging behaviours by using their ‘trauma informed lens’ to implement positive strategies.

Trauma Informed Lens

Having a ‘trauma informed lens’ means looking into the story of the young person to establish what factors may have led to the challenging behaviour. Having this information prior means we can adapt practices to get the most positive responses.

Our Youth Manager, Dawn McAleenan said about Dale,

The presentation was really informative and gave practical suggestions for others working within the youth sector to respond positively to challenging behaviours – fantastic presentation Dale.

Dale Heyward and Kira House

Dale is the Team Leader at Kira House and has lots of experience of putting this theory into practice with excellent results.

Kira House supports young women aged 14-18 years (with or without accompanying children) escaping family and domestic violence. This vast majority of these young women have experienced complex trauma. The young women at Kira House made some ‘trauma glasses’ for the agencies attending the NEYON meeting. These arty glasses can be seen in the photo!

Youth Services at Rise

To find out more regarding our youth services at Rise, click here.

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Rise Community Network 2016 Annual General Meeting

In line with our new vision of ‘Celebrating People’, the Rise AGM really was a cause for celebration and good cheer. It’s also a great opportunity to bring people together from all walks of life. The garden theme coincided with a beautiful and well overdue Spring day as our guests met and chatted over delicious canapes. These were prepared by the women from Boronia Pre-Release Centre, a cause we support whole-heatedly. We believe everyone deserves a second chance.




Justine Colyer said about the AGM;

The event gave us a chance to thank people for their contributions through the year. Our wonderful former Board Chairs – Patrick and Anna, whom we miss enormously. Staff and volunteers (including our Board!). Our partners from other organisations and, importantly, those who use our services.  We hope that you felt our values of welcoming and optimism throughout the event and had a great morning.


Participants of the Peer Worker Information Day impressed with our course structure

What is the Peer Worker Information Course?

The Peer Worker Course is designed for people who have experienced mental illness and want to help others on their road to recovery.

Peer Worker Course Information Day

Last Friday, the Rise mental health team held its information session for our Introduction to Peer Work course. It was presented by Peer Support Worker Michael Akkermans. Michael was a recent finalist for the St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year Award last year.

The information session had a fantastic turn out of 24 people. Rise will then choose 12 selected people, who will be invited to participate in the full course which will run for 6 weeks.

Benefits of the course

Invited participants stated that they were really looking forward to commencing the course. It has also given them hope, and a potential opportunity to eventually gain long term employment in the mental health sector.

Participates commented that it was a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. They were also impressed with the professional structure of the course.

Our lucky 12 will look forward to starting the course this week!

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Mavis achieves her life long volunteering dream

Meet Mavis

Mavis has been with Rise for 17 years and has an intellectual disability, which initially left her with a lack of self-confidence, believing she had very little capability to achieve her dreams. Mavis was offered the opportunity by Rise to join the Craft Group Program as a member, but had no experience in knitting, sewing and crochet.

Fast forward 17 years, and she is now one of our most talented knitters. Mavis has knitted scarfs and blankets for donation. She has even knitted herself a winter jacket.

Her passion for volunteering and donation projects

She has always been keen to be involved in donation projects. Early this year, she applied for the volunteering position for the Thursday Craft Group. Mavis was successful in gaining the position due to her acquired skills, experience and warm heart. She was absolutely thrilled and proud of herself when the paperwork was signed off, and became an official Rise volunteer. This has been an extremely positive, and life changing achievement for Mavis.

Helping People Have A Great Life

Our People with Disability team have seen her blossom over the years.

Kristel, our People with Disability Coordinator said,

Some of her wants were; to get a job and be more involved with the community. The opportunity to volunteer in a familiar program means she is in her element. This has enabled a new sense of belonging and the best way to start a new, improved life.

Mavis’s next steps…

Rise are looking into supporting Mavis’s next steps, into employment. We will keep you posted about her progress!

Click here to find out more about Rise Network’s NDIS Services.

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Rise makes the pledge for Anti Poverty Week

This week Rise have been supporting Anti Poverty Week.

All Australians are encouraged to take part in an activity to highlight the issues of hardship and poverty throughout this week.

Fact: 2.5 Million Australians live below the poverty line. 1 in every 4 of these are children.

Our CEO, Justine Colyer is on the WA Committee for Anti Poverty Week and has been encouraging the community to get involved. This has included asking local business to put APW stickers on all coffees and lunches sold over the week. Justine and her team have also been posting facts and raising awareness across Rise’s social media.

Here are some images of our staff, making the pledge to leave #noonebehind

Image of our aged care manager making her anti poverty week pledge

Our PwD manger making her anti poverty week pledge with a big smile

Check out the Anti Poverty Website here

City of Canning and Rise team up for youth accommodation

City of Canning and Rise Youth Team work in unison.

Emma Muller and Kylie Schafer from City of Canning met with the Rise Youth staff to discuss their youth services.

City of Canning Youth Accommodation provide the following:

  • Housing for up to ten young people.
  • They also provide five furnished properties for up to 12 months.
  • This comes with external support provided by Youth Accommodation Workers.

Dawn, our Youth Manager commented;

It was great to put a face to the name and I am sure we will work closely with them in the future to enhance the continuation of support we offer within our youth services.

Further Information

Further information in relation to the City of Canning Youth Accommodation Services

You don’t have to do it alone…