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Rise People with Disability


Bellydancing brings joy to young people

Our young clients are learning bellydancing as part of a full program of activities.

Bellydancing gets youths moving

Rise runs lots of different activities for clients. At the Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield one of the options we have is bellydancing classes!

These classes are run by Rayya from Bellydance by Rayya. They are particularly popular with the young women.

The group was recently spotted shaking their hips to Shakira.

Aged Care Coordinator Skye Stevens said bellydancing was a fun way to get moving.

We have a range of fun things for our people to take part in. From bellydancing to craft, trips to the movies and excursions, we have something that appeals to everyone.

Rayya is a fantastic bellydancer and it is nice to see someone so passionate passing on their skills to others.

People with disability

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.

Russell Walley Pioneer house

Garden upgrades help Russell greet visitors

When the support workers arrive at Pioneer House for the morning shift, they can be sure that Russell will be up and waiting to greet them.

Russell Walley has lived at the house in Mount Helena for several years now.

Garden upgrades

Last year the gardens at the house were made over thanks to the generosity of CBRE volunteers. New plants were put in at the front, side and rear of the house, with many others removed and trimmed. Together with Rise installing shade sails and fake lawn previously, it has created a beautiful, calm space at the front of the house.

Support worker Lana Bain said the new environment was great for residents, who like eating meals in the sunshine.

Russell in particular loves food. He enjoys iced coffee and each week attends a cooking class to learn new skills.

Greeting visitors

Since the upgrades, Russell now has a clear view from the chair closest to the front door. He can see exactly who is coming and going and is always the first to the door to greet visitors.

He gives them a nice, warm welcome, and the staff love seeing his smiling face.

People with a disability

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.

jarrod dickerson football

Jarrod loves flying high like the Eagles

Jarrod Dickerson loves his football, and flying high like his favourite team.

Living in Rise’s Nobel House in Mount Helena, Jarrod leads a very busy life.

The sportsman has played with the High Wycombe Integrated Team for the past five years. He trains once a week on Thursdays in preparation for the games.

Coach Brett Hockley said Jarrod loves football and is a supporter of the West Coast Eagles.

Our team is going very well this year and have won all 11 games that we have played, so we are undefeated and sit on top of the ladder.

Our season has one home and away game left which is on the 19th of August playing at Kingsway. We then have semi finals the following week, with the grand final to be held on the 2nd of September.

Jarrod cheered on by family

Jarrod said his mum was his number one fan and watches all his matches.

He said he loved learning how to chase the ball and how to score goals.

I like practicing and doing high kicks, like the Eagles, flying high.

Jarrod loves all sports and also enjoys cricket and boxing. In addition to sports, he has many other skills. Jarrod plays guitar and attends Music Rocks on Thursdays and Performing Arts on Tuesdays.

He also started to volunteer at RSPCA on Mondays to look after cats and other animals.

Rise supporting people

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.

Family Fun Day creative Arts by Rise Warwick

Rise hosts Family Fun Day in Warwick

Rise is gearing up for a whole day of festivities at our free Family Fun Day at Creative Arts by Rise.

The event takes place on Saturday 12th August in Warwick, from 10am to 2pm.

Creative Arts by Rise

Rise Program Manager Skye Stevens said the event was a great opportunity to show the public what Creative Arts by Rise is all about. The event is also supporting a good cause and bringing awareness to Shelter WA during Homelessness Week.

Creative Arts by Rise provides a safe and supportive environment for people to get creative. We run painting, craft, woodwork and pottery activities at our centre.

During the Family Fun Day we will be celebrating our people and showcasing the work of our talented members. We will also be raising a little money through the proceeds from selling our new calendar.

Family Fun Day

Activities at the free family event include:

  • Gold coin donation sausage sizzle
  • Craft activities for the family
  • Face painters & entertainment
  • Pottery Wheel and Wood Burning demonstrations

The Family Fun Day is made possible through funding from Shelter WA.

The event runs at 12 Dorchester Avenue, Warwick.

We look forward to seeing you there! View the poster here.

Scott Rawlins fencing

Rise fencing champ off to world comps

A Rise support worker is representing Australia in a world fencing competition next month.

Scott Rawlins is a disability support worker and a fencing champion. He has faced his own challenges in life which help him relate to clients.

A love of fencing

Scott began fencing when he was 11 years old. He was looking for an alternative to team sports, which he didn’t enjoy.

Scott said he enjoyed the action of the sport. He competes in the open age category.

It’s a live sport and you feel very in the moment. I train 15-16 hours a week and teach as well.

You can hit your opponent anywhere on the body with the end of the sword.

In February this year, Scott was selected for the Australian fencing team. It’s something he has been aiming for since he was 14 years old.

Life hurdles

For Scott, his achievements in the sport are greater than for most. At 25 years he was diagnosed with ADHD. He also has learning difficulties. Despite this he has just completed his masters at University of Western Australia, with his thesis on children who struggle with coordination.

Growing up, I used to there was something not right about me, but couldn’t put a finger on it. When I was diagnosed with ADHD, everything started to make sense.

After a while I learned how to work with my ADHD, rather than fight against an invisible foe. I learned that I was better than most at taking risks and having tunnel vision, but not so good at paying attention and being organised.

I also learned that I need more time than most to finish tasks and learn new things. That’s really hard to grasp at first, but in the end you learn to be gentle with yourself.

Scott’s goal is to help people with a disability engage in physical activities.

I know what it is like to struggle, that’s why I wanted to work for Rise. I want to share with others that they can do anything they put their mind to, and that no matter what obstacles are in their way, they can find a way around it.

Scott recently competed at the Robyn Chaplin competition in Adelaide and the Asian Championships in Hong Kong.

He competes for Australia in the World Championships in Germany from 19 July. The competition runs for two weeks. All the best, Scott!

Rise support

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more 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.

craft group Rise

Craft groups thrives in new home

A craft group run by Rise now has a new space to call home.

The group started in 1994 to provide activities and social interaction for women with mild intellectual disabilities. The group now caters for men and women with differing levels of ability. More than 20 people attend and take part in activities such as knitting, painting, pom pom making and drawing.

Developing skills

The craft group is a skills development program which gives the members the ability to achieve something on their own, to learn, to grow and to make choices.

Disabilities Coordinator Kristel Prosper said the group impacted on member’s lives in various ways.

It is a social gathering where long life friendship and companionship has been formed. A sense of belongings and purpose has been developed where they all feel accepted, valued, listened and respected.

Its is also an ’emotional get away’ for many of the members in difficult times. The group feels they are in a safe place to air emotions, personal concerns and for autonomy. The emotional support among the group has helped many to overcome challenges and become independent.

New home for the craft group

The group now meets at St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall in Middle Swan each Wednesday and Thursday. This brings some stability to the group, which has had to move many times over the years.

The group is now set up and ready to create beautiful art once again.

People with Disability

Rise provides numerous services for people with disability. Read more here.

Lorraine Tilker creative arts by rise Volunteer

Lorraine a volunteer for life

Lorraine Tilker has been a volunteer her entire life. For the past 22 years, it’s been with Rise.

Charitable from a young age

At the aged of 17 Lorraine started volunteering. She assisted a friend care for people with a disability. This sparked a lifetime of giving to others.

I’ve always volunteered. I like the friendliness and getting to know people.

Volunteering with Rise

Lorraine has volunteered at a number of organisations over the years including Australian Red Cross, Silver Chain and Meals on Wheels.

She began volunteering at Creative Arts by Rise, formerly Creative And Therapy Activities, in 1995. The kitchen, pottery and painting rooms have all been lucky to have Lorraine’s help. She is now in the craft room twice a week. Every Monday she goes shopping and she also helps in the kitchen twice a week.

I’ll keep volunteering as long as I can. Looking at four walls and watching the idiot box all day would drive me insane.

Activities Coordinator Lesley Lee said Lorraine had made a huge difference in the lives of many guests.

Lorraine helps build social skills in the clients. She comes on outings and she also takes clients out shopping and eating. This allows them to get experience in restaurants, to read menus and order. She helps make sure they get their choices and helps build money skills.

Benefits of being a volunteer

As well as the smiling face and help she provides at Creative Arts by Rise, Lorraine has got a lot out of volunteering too.

It has boosted my confidence. I used to have panic attacks but I don’t have them anymore. I have a pin in my ankle and a plate in my leg so I am classified as disabled. Being here has also taught me to stand up for myself more.

Volunteers at Rise

Rise is fortunate to have a large base of volunteers who assist in many activities. These include:

  • arts and crafts
  • driving
  • cooking
  • administration.

For more information visit our website here.

Creative Arts by Rise Lesley Lee Australian of the year nomination

Rise employee nominated for Australian of the Year

Rise employee Lesley Lee is a humble woman; so much so that she didn’t want anyone to know about her 2017 Australian of the Year nomination.

But our Lesley is worth a bit of fuss. In May this year, Lesley will celebrate 10 years as an activities coordinator at Creative Arts by Rise, formerly Creative And Therapy Activities.

Arts background

With a background in arts and a degree in special needs, Creative Arts by Rise is a perfect fit for Lesley. She assists in the art room, helping guests create beautiful stitchings, crochet work and other crafts.

I work in the best place. I love coming to work. I like to push the clients’ boundaries so that they get something out of it too.


News about her 2017 Australian of the Year nomination came just weeks ago. The nomination is confidential, so Lesley doesn’t know who put her forward.

I’m humbled that someone thinks of me in that way. It is one of the highest regards that someone thought I was worthy of nomination. I have no idea who it was.

Enter Rise Client Services and Development Officer Joanne Reilly, who has a little more insight into why Lesley might be nominated.

Lesley is extremely modest and maternal. She makes people feel welcome. She is extremely inclusive and will not have anyone left out. Often people are shy and she will advocate for them. Even people who tour the craft room, if they meet Lesley they suddenly want to do craft because she s so welcoming.

Personal life

This kind lady is clearly embarrassed by the kind words from Joanne. However some experiences from her personal life shed a little more light on what makes her such a great coordinator and able to relate to the guests.

I have multiple sclerosis. Every day is a challenge. I have travelled the journey of a lot of clients here. I know what it feels like to be disabled. I know what it feels like to not have any friends. I know what it feels like to have family shun you. I know what it feels like to be frustrated as hell at not being able to get the help you need. So I can empathise. We can laugh at ourselves and have a good time.

Lesley is an incredible woman and definitely worthy of a little fuss.

Creative Arts by Rise

Creative Arts by Rise is located in Warwick. Numerous activities are held here. These include

  • Painting
  • Woodwork
  • Knitting
  • Cross stitch
  • Excursions

Creative Arts by Rise was formerly Creative And Therapy Activities (CATA). CATA merged with Rise Community Network in 2016. You can read more about the merger here.

Eathen Carruthers Community event

Eathen seeks support for community event

Rise Community Network client Eathen Carruthers is hosting a community event this month. Eathen is seeking support to make it a success.

Eathen’s story

Eathen suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three. The Riverton resident had to learn to walk and talk again. With the support of his family, he has overcome many struggles.

He now wants to give back to the community. He has spent many months planning and writing a book. Called Where It All Began the book is a historical book about Riverton. It also tells the heart-warming story of Eathen’s life as he overcame hardship.

In order to launch the book, he is hosting a community event.

Community event

The community event runs on 24th March 2017 from 3pm to 8pm. It will be held at Willetton Park Pavilion. The event has been planned with the help of his Rise Community Network support worker Jemma. The Gatsy-themed event will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the suburb Riverton. The event will allow people to remember the golden years and how much the suburb has changed. Eathen’s book will be for sale on the night. Activities on the evening include:

  • Bouncy castle
  • Petting zoo
  • Pony rides
  • 8mm film show
  • Fashion show in period clothing by Metro Model Academy
  • Museum memorabilia from Woodloe’s Homestead
  • Period jewelry for sale
  • Pet rock painting station
  • Buster the Bear with gifts for children

People are also encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire. Of the evening, Eathen said

It is a bit of a dream come true. I had been working on this myself before I started being supported by Jemma and I was ready to give up. I think it’s fantastic and I’m really looking forward to it.

Eathen Carruthers and support worker Jemma

The pair have been working very hard to make the event a success. Jemma supports Eathen twice a week and said he had made huge leaps since January.

He has more independence and more confidence in areas he didn’t before. I’ve also been helping him with healthy food choices.

How you can help

People can purchase tickets for the event on 24th March. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for under 18’s. They can be purchased by calling 0499 277 141. Eathen has also created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the launch event. He also hopes to write a second book in coming months. Eathen plans to return all proceeds to his local community.