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HR team members in the news!

Scan of HR Monthly where Fiona and Natasha appear, top left

Back in December, we told you about our wonderful Human Resource (HR) team members, Fiona Durrant and Natasha Zeplin, who reached the finals of the National Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) awards.

HR Operations Manager Fiona Durrant was a finalist in the AHRI Dave Ulrich Practitioner category and HR Officer Natasha Zeplin was a finalist in the AHRI Dave Ulrich Rising Star category.

You will imagine our surprise, when, leafing through the March edition of HR Monthly, we came across the smiling faces of Fiona and Natasha at the awards evening.

Congratulations again ladies, not only for reaching the finals, but for getting yourselves published!

Rise Youth & Mental Health benefit from Living Proud training

Youth and Mental Health team members posing for photograph at Living ProudOur Mental Health team and Youth team attended training with Living Proud recently. Living Proud (formerly Gay & Lesbian Community Services of WA Inc) is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and other sexuality, sex and gender diverse people in Western Australia.

Our teams visited Living Proud to attend the Opening Closets training package which aims to help organisations tackle homophobia and improve their accessibility and services for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans*, intersex) clients.

The training provided us with increased knowledge of:

  • The needs of LGBTI people
  • How attitudes and values impact upon people
  • Understanding of sexuality, sex and gender
  • Strategies for supporting clients and colleagues

Youth Program Manager, Dawn McAleenan said

It was absolutely fantastic. The presenters, Lorna and Steph, were very knowledgeable and were excellent at training our staff. Thank you for such an informative and interactive training session!

For more information about Living Proud, visit their website.

Rise awarded AIM WA Scholarship

Sean collecting the scholarship awardWe were thrilled last month when we told that we had been awarded an Organisational Management Development Award Scholarship from the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) WA.

What is AIM WA?

AIM WA has offered an annual Scholarship program for nearly 25 years. The program gives the Institute an opportunity to support the broader community and help to shape management, leadership and organisational excellence in Australia and our region.

AIM WA recognises the work of not-for-profit (NFP) organisations and aspiring professionals in the community, wishing to embark on professional development.

How will this Scholarship help us?

Programs such as the AIM scholarships help us to create a cultural and behavioural learning environment that is consistent with our values. The Scholarship will provide us with greater access to quality training programs for staff.

Our Director of Business Development, Sean Loke, attended a gathering at the AIM to officially collect the award on 9 March.

Sean Loke collecting the AIM WA Scholarship award

On behalf of all at Rise, we’d like the thank AIM WA for this award.

Partnership offers opportunities for clients

This week, the team from Rise visited the TADWA (Technology Assisting Disability WA) offices in Bassendean to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement means that both organisations agree to work together to provide better support for our clients.

Our services fit really well together; with Rise providing community support services for older people, people with disability, at-risk young people, people with mental health issues and care givers and TADWA providing solutions for independence and safety for people with disabilities, older people and carers.

The agreement was signed by TADWA CEO Bob Whitaker and our CEO, Justine Colyer. George Scotcher, a client of both organisations, also attended and signed the agreement.

Justine Colyer, George Scotcher and Bob Whitaker in front of the Rise and TADWA signage smiling at the camera

Mr Scotcher receives regular domestic assistance from Rise, and last year, TADWA installed custom steps with hand rails to enable him to access his home safely and independently. He was very keen to play an important part in the proceedings, fondly describing his attendance at the event as feeling like he was “the meat in the sandwich”. He enthusiastically shared stories about his new steps that TADWA had installed and didn’t miss the opportunity to drop in that he was in the market for some modifications to his bathroom and possibly also some help with a computer so he’d be able to Skype with his family; both areas that TADWA can help with.

The formal signing was followed by a tour of the TADWA workshop, which gave our team a great opportunity to see some of the bespoke items and modifications TADWA produce, including beach trekkers for people with disability and refurbished computers, complete with training workshops for people needing extra help getting to grips with the technology.

Collage of 6 images showing the tour around the TADWA workshop

After a light lunch, the teams shared some videos of their client’s stories so that each organisation could get a better understanding of the services provided and the results of those services.

Justine presenting Bob with flowers and a card

Justine Colyer said, “TADWA is a highly respected provider of equipment and technology and our relationship with them will be of enormous value to the people we support.”

In agreement, Bob Whitaker said, “Our partnership with Rise will only bring greater outcomes to clients such as Mr Scotcher. We are excited to see the possibilities and opportunities this offers to the people who matter most, our clients.”

Rise banner, TADWA signage and MOU certificate on table in front

Generous hamper donations bring Christmas cheer to Mental Health clients

Christmas Hamper Pickup 1Rise Mental Health Services was overwhelmed to receive so many kind donations of Christmas Hampers once again this year for the people we support.

We received 25 hampers from True North Church in Mullaloo, 35 from the Foodbank and 45 from the Kalamunda Church of Christ in Lesmurdie!

Members of the Rise team collaborated for a big pick up of the generous hampers with most of them being delivered to the people we support the very next day.

Christmas Hamper Pickup 2

Christmas hamper items sitting on tables including Christmas pudding, tea bags, tinned food, biscuits.

We wish to sincerely thank the organisations for their generous support which gives much needed cheer, comfort and hope at this time of year.

Andrea Yates – Administration Officer, Mental Health Services

The latest Peer Work Course comes to a successful end

Peer Work Course participants and facilitators standing in front of Rise banner

Peer Work Course Graduates: Back row: Craig, Margaret (MIFWA Facilitator), Madeline, Alison, Michelle, Ali, Anthony. Front row: Evie, Paula, Laura, Michael (Rise Facilitator)

Rise Mental Health Services held the last Peer Work Course for 2015 throughout October and November.

The Introduction to Peer Work Course allows people with a lived mental health experience to learn skills and develop an understanding about the mental health industry so that they can start their journey into work as a Peer Support Worker. The course was run over six weeks and topics covered include:

  • Recovery principles
  • Understanding mental illness
  • Workplace communication and culture
  • The peer worker-client relationship
  • Stigma around mental illness
  • Sharing your experience safely

10 participants completed the course this round and all gave positive feedback about their experience, with many expressing an interest in taking up volunteer opportunities or further study in the area. One participant summed it up by reporting that the course was “exactly what I’ve always wanted to do and aspire to be… it has literally guided me out of the rut I was in and into a prosperous future”. Rise hopes that all participants will use their new skills, knowledge and understanding to pursue opportunities in the mental health sector.

Rise would like to thank the Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA) for their ongoing support of course delivery in 2015. The course facilitators, Michael Akkermans (Rise) and Margaret Emmelhainz (MIFWA) were complimented by all participants on their professionalism, friendly and approachable nature and vast knowledge of the topics.

If you are interested in next year’s Introduction to Peer Work Course, register your interest at contactMH@risenetwork.com.au to attend the Information Session. More information about the course can be found here.

Kira House residents and staff have fun at Pride Parade

Giant number 25 on float in the street with people watchingOn Saturday 21 November staff and residents of Kira House attended the Pride Parade 2015 in Perth city. It was the 25th anniversary of the annual parade so there was a fantastic atmosphere.

The girls, aged 14-18, had an amazing time and it was inspiring to see them out in the community advocating for change and standing up for equality.

“It was awesome and colourful but my favourite part was the connections float that had people dancing on it” said one of the young girls who attended.

More opportunities for young people to learn to drive thanks to new sponsor

Rise member of staff standing in front of black car which is parked in a field

We are pleased to announce that RACV Salary Solutions, as part of their Good Citizen initiative, has sponsored Rise in the delivery of the Drive Up Program.

The Drive Up program support young people to get a driving licence. Being able to drive makes such a difference to young people as it enables them to get to their place of learning or employment. Without a licence they may find this difficult.

As part of this program, we provide the assistance for two important steps to obtaining a driving licence as follows:

  1. Facilitate a ‘Key’s for Life’ training to obtain their Learner’s permit. This is for those aged between the ages of 15-25. Courses run throughout the year
  2. Provide driving lessons with a qualified instructor for young people aged. This is provided for those between the ages of 17-25

In 2015, 27 young people accessed the program. Six young people already had their Learner’s Permit and completed the training for safe driver education and to access driving lessons. In addition, 21 young people took part in the ‘Keys for Life’ training, with 100% passed rate. A further 16 young people accessed Driving Lessons.

Through the use of the kind donation from RACV, we will be able to provide more opportunities for young people to obtain a learners permit and driving lessons in 2016.

Thank you RACV!



There is some eligibility criteria in accessing this assistance. For more information, call us on (08) 6274 3700 or email contactY@risenetwork.com.au.

Innovative ideas rewarded

Collage of Risinnovation winners Lorraine, Louise and Ben plus Lorraine's idea of the artwork at Kira House

In addition to Lorraine Drew’s idea of culturally appropriate artwork at Kira House which has come to life this month (read more on the blog here), we have recognised two more members of staff for their innovative ideas.

Louise Iley was awarded the ‘Hot Iron‘ Award for her idea of an Medical Alert Tagging System. The tagging system would alert staff to clients’ to clients’ medical requirements. This is a new idea for Rise and Louise will be involved in turning her idea into a reality.

Ben Singoei was also recognised for his idea of ice cream for younger people. Ben felt that it would be beneficial to thicken ice cream so that those who have difficulties swallowing can enjoy it. This idea will be communicated to staff working in our supported homes.

Well done to you all!

If you are a member of staff and have a great idea that you think would work at Rise, don’t forget to send us your ideas using the proposal form by 31 December. In addition to our normal winning ideas selection process, we will be giving everyone who has submitted an idea this year the chance to win a Shopping Card in our Risinnovation Super Draw.

Aged Care staff receive long service awards

Ladies standing in a garden smiling at the camera and holding certificates

Long service awards were presented to (L-R): Karen, Corina, Maureen, Sue, Marilla, Sharon and Terri

At the Aged Care November meeting we celebrated the long service achievements of ten of our dedicated Aged Care staff.

Helen Dymond (Divisional Manager) was there to present the awards for 5 and 10 years service, with our wonderful Maureen Jewel being recognised for 20 years service.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued loyalty and commitment.  Your knowledge and hard work are greatly appreciated by the people you support and the entire Aged Care team.