The former board chair of Rise has been delighted to watch Rise grow.

Patrick Crichton joined the Rise board in 2009 and was elected Board Chair in 2010. He held the position for seven years.

Patrick proud to watch Rise grow

Rise was formed on a cold, wet night on July 12 1983, where 92 people met at the Brown Park Community Centre in Swan View to talk about how they could better support people in their own community.

From this meeting a voluntary and charitable organisation was created. These are our roots and our history.

We provide choices for more than 3000 people from all walks of life.

These include young people at risk, those experiencing mental health challenges, people with a disability, our carers and the elderly.

Patrick said the growth of Rise, particularly in the past few years, was a huge leap from the small organisation it once was.

It’s been amazing to watch Rise grow and grow. It was really rewarding being part of an organisation which helps people in my community.

Patrick’s story

Having retired from the Rise board, Patrick is heavily involved in the Perth hills community. He was part of a group which founded Mundaring in Transition, which looks at overcoming environmental challenges. They provide workshops and information on working towards lower energy, more local, less consumptive way of life.

Patrick also loves walking with his poodles, Lester and Abbey, and enjoying the beautiful nature of the Perth hills.

The former chair is featured in our Celebrating People Book 2016-2017. This coffee table book contains stories from our staff, volunteers and clients across the whole organisation. You can get a copy at our head office – 12 Leslie Road Middle Swan.

Rise services

Rise provides services for the aged, youth, people with a disability and those facing mental health challenges. For more information visit the website.