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International Volunteer Day Breakfast

Volunteer Breakfast invitationInternational Volunteer Day is celebrated on 5 December and here at Rise we would like to say thank you to our volunteers by hosting a breakfast.

On Friday 27 November from 8am – 10am, we will be meeting at the Dome in Mundaring for our volunteers to come and enjoy some delicious food.

Download your invitation here or to RSVP, please contact Tash on 6274 3723 or email Natasha.zeplin@risenetwork.com.au.

Rise attends the Mount Helena Whim Festival

Dasher and Karen manning the stand

Dasher and Karen manning the stand

Members of the Aged Care team and the People with Disabilities team had a great day at the Mount Helena Whim Festival this week.

Karen from Milperra Cottage (Aged Care) and Dasher from Nobel House (People with Disabilities) were on hand to tell everyone about our wonderful respite facilities.

Karen Wittcomb, Aged Care Coordinator said, ‘It was great to meet people and chat with some of our carers, clients and staff who came to say hello. We had a perfect spot, set between the alpacas and a wildlife sanctuary… so I couldn’t resist a little cuddle of Pearl the blind sheep!’

Karen enjoying a cuddle with Pearl

Karen enjoying a cuddle with Pearl the sheep

Mental Health Week celebration

To celebrate Mental Health Week, the Rise Mental Health Team participated in a number of events across the city to raise awareness of mental health and to promote this year’s message of “Act – Belong – Commit”.

To acknowledge the hard work of the staff and to encourage a mentally healthy workplace, the Mental Health and Youth Teams enjoyed a shared lunch at Hamilton House, organised by Mental Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Cassandra Zec.

Everyone who attended received a colourful show bag filled with ‘mentally healthy’ resources including brochures, tea, pens, notepads, drink bottle, stress balls and a book mark. There was also additional information on a number of wellbeing areas that staff could take for their own reading pleasure. Cassandra used her creative ingenuity to create these gifts at no expense to Rise, but with many thanks to WAAMH and headspace Midland.

The team enjoyed a fabulously tasty lunch which everyone contributed to by bringing a plate to share. Everyone had an opportunity to express their appreciation for their workplace and team as a way of positive reflection on the year. It was a great way to close Mental Health Week for 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about positive practices for yourself, visit the Rise blog for 7 Positive Practices.

Mental Health support worker honoured

Nominated Peer Support Worker Michael Akkermans

Nominated Peer Support Worker, Michael Akkermans

One of our amazing Mental Health Services team members, Peer Support Worker Michael Akkermans was honoured for his tremendous efforts by being nominated for the St John of God Health Care Mental Health Employee of the Year Award.

The award ceremony event was held in early October 2015 at The University of WA in Crawley. The Mental Health Commissioner Mr Timothy Marney delivered the opening address which preceded the presentation of awards.

Michael Akkermans (front row, left) next to Mental Health Commissioner Tim Marney.

Michael Akkermans (front row, left) next to Mental Health Commissioner Tim Marney.

Michael was presented with an award for making it to the top 3 finalists from whom the winner was chosen. It was a great honour of recognition for Michael’s service work through Rise Network.

The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable and was celebrated along side Michael by Michael’s lovely wife Katherine, Sally McVicar, Penny Webb and Justine Colyer.

Well done Michael!

Community Kitchen project in need of support

One of our clients enjoying a cookery class at our Community Kitchen

One of our clients enjoying a cookery class

Rise has been running a Community Kitchen in partnership with the Shire of Kalamunda in the Jack Healey Centre. The kitchen is well located in the Kalamunda town centre beside the bus terminus.

In February 2015, Rise commenced cookery classes for the people we support with around 12 people with disability participated in two weekly classes. There has been strong demand from the community for this type of activity; what is better than learning a new recipe and enjoying a meal with friends?

A Rise Client enjoying a cookery class

A Rise Client enjoying a cookery class

However, the current kitchen set up is unable to meet the increasing demand for classes. Re-configuring the kitchen with suitable cooking equipment will provide the space and safety standards to cater for more participants.

This is your opportunity to contribute meaningfully to help people gain cookery skills so that they are able to live more independently. Your donation will be used to purchase new kitchen equipment like stoves and ovens, to install the equipment and to provide cleaning services to keep the kitchen in good working order. For more details about how to make a donation and support this project, visit our donations page.

Rise contribute to Mental Health Week Youth Carnival

Bball 2

The Mental Health Week Youth Carnival took place at YMCA HQ Leederville in early October and was organised by YARN (Youth At Risk Network).

YARN is a network of youth orientated services with a focus on organising events for at risk youth. The event used the theme of Act, Belong, Commit which was the 2015 theme for Mental Health Week.

The event offered Act, Belong and Commit zones where the young people could access information about youth orientated services, face painting, food and drinks, watch local hip hop acts and engage in rap battles, play 2 on 2 Basketball competitions and carnival games.

Chris Paull, Rise Youth Outreach Officer contributed to the planning and preparation of the event by attending YARN meetings and ran the 2 on 2 basketball competition on the day.

The event was a great success and the feedback from the young people who attended was extremely positive.

Rise attends Mental Health Exhibition for Mental Health Week

Mental Health exhibition signsRise Mental Health staff attended the Mental Health Exhibition in the Murray Street Mall in Perth’s CBD as part of Mental Health Week.

Lynne Kahn, Andrea Yates, Cassandra Zec and Renee Gericitano attended the event from Rise Mental Health Services, along with a number of other Mental Health Service Organisations. The team manned a gazebo and gave out show bags containing relevant information and directories along with gifts like pens, pencils, stress balls and water bottles.

There was a huge response from the public. Many people were gathering information for themselves, family members or friends. Rise staff had many engaging conversations and it was a joy to be connecting with so many members of the general public. Carers were especially communicative from many years of experience with caring for family members.

It was a very open, friendly atmosphere with many people expressing their whole hearted support for the raising of awareness of Mental Health within the community.

The awareness of depression and anxiety issues for men showed itself to be increasing in a positive way. Many men approached the exhibition gazebo collecting show bags and asking about the services available.

It was a very successful and enjoyable day for all involved.

Individual Services clients get creative at Fusion Art Workshop

Ashley enjoying the bus shelter project

Ashley enjoying the bus shelter project

Two of our clients from Individual Services participated in a 6 week Fusion Art Workshop supported by the Mundaring Art Centre and Mundaring Shire.

The workshop, which ran from August – September offered Rise clients Ashley Deany and James Sharpin the opportunity to learn various skills including stencilling, masking and spray painting.

One part of the workshop saw the participants create an iceberg theme on the Bilgoman Bus Shelter on Great Eastern Highway whilst another saw them learning how to turn a recycled object into a fashionable master piece called “the chair painting with painting spray”.

One of the chairs from the recycled object spray paint project

One of the chairs from the recycled object spray paint project

Ashley and James joined the project with no knowledge of street art and finished the project with new skills, knowledge and creativity. In addition to the above projects, everyone painted something of their choice. Ashley chose to send a message by writing “attempt to Smile” using painting spray and James chose to draw a picture of an aeroplane flying to his holiday destination because he was going on holiday for his birthday the week after.

James with his own choice of artwork

James with his own choice of artwork

The workshop was fun, creative and inclusive and gave Ashley and James as well as the other participants a sense of pride and achievement.