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leadership WA visits Rise

Leadership WA visits Rise

Rise’s Arts Hub was delighted to welcome participants from Leadership WA’s Rising Leadership program.

Our visitors included rising and established leaders from government, not for profit and private sectors.

Giving back to the community

Run by Leadership WA, this six-month program has a high expectation that graduates will give back to the community.

So it was very fitting that participants spent a day meeting our members, hearing from our staff and learning about our community.

Our visitors saw first-hand that age and disability are no barriers to creative genius!

And we had SUCH a great time showing off the Arts Hub and our members’ creativity.

Fabulous feedback for Rise

We know all the participants had a good day because they told us! Here is some of their fantastic feedback.

Rise is clearly an organisation with a passion for people

Rise has such a wonderful feeling, and there is a lot of talent in those rooms

The staff were amazing and really embody the values of the organisation

I was really impressed with Rise

I thought their vision and passion for their clients, and also their staff, really stood out

How fantastic – the right people in the right job for the benefit of others

Thank you for opening your facilities so we could experience what an amazing role you play in our community and what you do for people

Our CEO Justine Colyer said

What a great reflection on everyone at the Arts Hub! It was so important that people left with a different perception of what Rise does but, most importantly, the value and talents of all people in the community.

Well done to everyone involved!

Rise Creative Arts

Rise offers many creative programs for people of all abilities based at our Arts Hub in Warwick, including painting, woodwork, knitting, pottery and craft. Read more about the full range of Rise services here.

Board Chair Alf Lay Ride to Conquer Cancer 2018

Two days, 230 kilometres and nearly $9,000 raised

Rise’s Board Chair Alf Lay recently completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer for the fifth year.

Pedal to pedal, spoke to spoke

Alf loves cycling, but this ride is a huge challenge.

It was tough going with the extra 30 km challenge on Day 1 through the Roleystone, Bedfordale and Wungong hills almost bringing me to an end. However I continued on and finally got all the way to Mandurah.  Day 2 saw us battle very strong winds and at times rain, but despite the conditions the ride back to Perth was a lot better. No hills!

Raising funds

An impressive $4.1 million was raised in this year’s ride, taking the grand total to $33 million raised to conquer cancer over 7 years.

Out of 800 riders this year, Alf was the 15th highest fundraiser with $8,955 – which was WAY over the target he set himself!

Over the past 5 years Alf has raised just over $33,000 for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research by riding with Team MACA.

My sincere thanks go out to you all for your very kind sponsorship. Your contribution helps take us one step closer to a world free of cancer. Hopefully I can rely upon you again next year!

Congratulations to Alf on a fantastic effort!

Rise Services

Rise provides a number of services for aged care, youth, people with disability, mental health and more. More information is available here.

Awesome school holiday fun

Rise’s drop-in youth centre Stratton Edge hosted an awesome program of fun these last school holidays.

School holiday program

There was something for everyone happening right throughout the school hols.

We visited some other local youth centres to check out the activities and meet some new people. Altone Youth Centre put on a variety of games and provided a party style lunch of pizza and party pies!

Fair Game ran a sports workshop on our visit to the Dungeon Youth Centre. We had a great game of Boom Ball, played some basketball and tried out all their facilities including the guitars. And of course enjoyed some more pizza!

We also ran a pre-driver workshop called Keys for Life that is all about safer driving. Great to see that 7 out of the 8 participants have now passed the test. Well done!

And then the highlight of the whole program was our brilliant Community Open Day. You can read more about all the fun and activities at the Open Day here.

Youth Program Activities Coordinator, Skye Groenveld said

Overall a fantastic two weeks was had by all!

Youth centre

Stratton Edge is Rise’s drop-in youth centre. As well as running hugely popular school holiday activities, we offer an outside basketball court, oval and a skate park.

It’s for 12 to 17 year olds who want to hang out with friends, meet new people, watch movies, listen to music, play pool or sports, or get all arty and crafty.

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for young people including a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.


Special guest at Milperra Cottage

Milperra Cottage had an extra special guest recently – Max the Galah!

Meet Max… and Max

Max was due to have a stay at Milperra cottage recently. But his pink and grey galah, also called Max, was sick and required daily medication.

Max was worried about her and wanted to make sure she got her drops. So he asked if Max the Galah could come too.

Aged Care Program Manager Stephanie Fewster said

We asked if Max the Galah was noisy or if she was likely to fly away. Max said she was very quiet and liked to sit in her cage and sometimes on top of it. She usually didn’t do much flying around and Max thought she would say put.  We also checked with other Milperra residents to make sure nobody had any problems with Max the Galah.

Of course we had to make sure her antibiotic drops were clearly labelled and kept in the locked area with all the other medications.  Twice a day Max held her beak open and one of our team carefully squeezed in the antibiotics.

For fun, the staff made up a sign sheet for Max the Galah’s medication drops – after all she was one of the residents now!

Max took really good care of Max the Galah – cleaned her cage every day and made sure she was fed and happy.  He also kept track of when her medications were due.

Milperra Cottage

Max is a regular guest at Milperra Cottage. Milperra is a Rise aged care facility located in beautiful Mount Helena that offers respite services.

Respite is important for care-givers so they can take a bit of time out from their caring role and recharge their batteries.

Max was really happy he was allowed to have his bird stay with him at Milperra while she was sick.

They have been together for 20 years!

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network provides numerous aged care services. This includes social centres, personal care, respite care and in-home support. For more information click here.

Kambarang Wildflowers

Welcoming Kambarang

In Perth we are now in Kambarang on the Noongar seasonal calender.

Covering October and November Kambarang is known as the season of birth and sometimes referred to as the second spring.

The colour yellow

Kambarang is all about the colour yellow as it symbolises the return of the hot weather.

This time of year we enjoy an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us. The yellows of many of the acacias abound, along with some of the banksias and many other smaller delicate flowering plants including the kangaroo paw and orchids.

During this time the balgas will continue to flower, especially if they’ve been burnt in the past year or closely shaved.

One of the most striking displays of flowers to be seen during this season will be the moojar, also known as the Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia Floriburda). The bright orange-yellow flowers are a strong signal the heat is on its way.

October is the most likely time of the year that you will encounter snakes, as reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation. They make the most of the warmth to help them get enough energy to look for food.

It is also a time that many young families of birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them. Koolbardies (magpies) will still be protecting their nests and their babies.

Many things are undergoing transformation with the warm change in the weather and longer dry periods accompany a definite warming trend.

Traditionally Noongar people would move towards the coast where frogs, tortoises, gilgies, blue marron and fresh water crayfish were plentiful.

Rise celebrates culture

Rise has employed an Aboriginal Employment Consultant. Minyulo Bartlett is working to increase Aboriginal numbers in our workforce, and make our service attractive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

We are proud to celebrate all cultures and be inclusive for all. You can read more about our plans here.

Open Day fun!

Our community open day at Stratton Edge this week was a huge success!

An annual event, we throw open the doors at our Stratton Edge Youth Centre, put on all sorts of activities and look forward to meeting members of our local community.

Despite the wintery weather, everyone who came had a great time – and we did too.

Young artists

The colouring in competition was a huge hit for all ages. Our friend and local artist Lea Taylor, created a beautiful frog for people to colour in, and helped with the judging. The entries were all awesome!

Lea was also available to talk about her art. The mural she created with the young people who attend Stratton Edge Youth Centre was on display for the community to see.

With a little help from our friends

A range of other locals got involved on the day. Our friends at Indigo Junction did some fabulous face painting and John Mogridge from the City of Swan was there with his Aboriginal tools and artefacts.

We had Freestyle Now’s scooter, skateboard and BMX crew to keep the wheel inclined young people busy. The Movida team created a fantastic mural with the help of many creative young artists, and we had the lovely ladies from the City of Swan cooking up a storm at the sausage sizzle station.

WhildFyre, a young band of 13 year olds rocked out with some classic covers and a range of fantastic original songs too.

PCYC brought their skate ramps, as well as the ever-popular sumo suits. They also brought a bouncy castle, but unfortunately it couldn’t cope with the wind and rain.  But it didn’t stop us from having fun!

Rise’s Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said;

Thanks to everyone who was involved in making the day happen. It was a huge success, and the young people had a great time

We are already looking forward to next year.

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for young people include a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.

Lights… action… camera!

One group of young people have recently had the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera at one of Rise’s social centres.

Making movies

Thanks to a Rise volunteer Hadrian Fuller, a group of young people with disability have been participating in making a film over the last four months at Peter Anderton, one of Rise’s social centres.

The group participated in various workshops on aspects of film making including acting and mask making. They then developed and acted in their own short film dealing with looking for a long lost friend.

They even created their own music track for the film.

Hadrian, who has his own media business, visited the centre on a weekly basis and filmed the whole process.

I’ve been blown away by their enthusiasm and talent. They drove the whole project – I was just there to help

When we visited to see the process, we walked into a music session that had our toes tapping. This group knows how to have fun!

Opening night

The project is coming to an end soon and Rise Youth Program Planner at Peter Anderton, Zoe Wood, is keen to launch the film by holding a screening for families and friends.

If anyone can offer a venue with a big screen, please get in touch.

We may even need to rustle up a red carpet!

Rise supporting people

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

Rise trainee wins Aged Care award

Everyone at Rise is so proud of Evan Cox who recently won a national Trainee of the Year award.

Trainee of the year

Rise is all about celebrating people and today we celebrate Evan Cox!

At the recent national ACSA awards ceremony Evan was announced as the Trainee of the Year.

Winning an ACSA award is a real mark of excellence in the aged and community services sector.  At the awards ceremony CEO of ACSA said of all the winners;

their remarkable stories of care-giving goes ‘above and beyond’ to inspire others

Promising career ahead

By winning the Trainee of the Year award Evan was identified as someone with a promising career ahead of him. And we couldn’t agree more!

Evan started with us in October last year, placed by Health Training Australia

After 25 years of a successful marketing and sales career he wanted to change direction. Evan wanted to work in an environment where he could make connections with people.

Rise is an ideal place for Evan because making connections is something we do every day.

Our CEO Justine Colyer said;

Everyone was delighted to see Evan win the award.  It was great to see WA represented at a national level.  Evan is well known at Rise as down to earth and humble. He comes with experience from a career outside aged care and enthusiasm for a role in working with people. He brings some much needed diversity into the area of aged care support.

Career goal

Evan is loving his training with Rise and has a great career goal in mind. When he was nominated for the award Evan said;

I think it would be great if I could eventually become a senior support worker, specialising in male clients

Rise employment

Rise offers diverse roles and positions all over Perth. For more information visit our website.

Rise youth worker wins Youth Out Loud competition

Well done to Rise’s very own Emily Wilding who won the City of Swan’s Youth Out Loud competition!

Youth Out Loud

Youth Out Loud is a public speaking competition run by our friends the City of Swan. The competition provides young people with a platform to speak out about issues that affect them and their community.

The topic for this year was ‘home’ and Emily’s speech was about the lack of LGBTQIA services in the area she calls home.

Rise Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan went along to support Emily.

We are so proud of Emily not just for winning this competition but for having the courage to speak up about the need for LGBTI services for young people. Emily’s is simply inspirational!

Simply inspirational

We are so proud of Emily for entering the competition in the first place, and then winning. But most of all for having the courage to speak up about the need for LGBTQIA services for young people and the barriers they can face when trying to get support and feel accepted in their own community.

Young LGBTQIA people living in our suburbs are incredibly isolated at present. The only support services available to them is often inaccessible due to the way systemic barriers and discrimination intersect to make reaching support unattainable. An example I spoke about was the way that young people usually rely on public transport to reach services. They also have great difficulty using public transport due to the high likelihood of verbal/physical abuse.  I entered to draw attention to this gap in our support services. Hopefully this will help to persuade those in positions of influence to take action to remedy it by funding a service in my local area.

Emily’s ability to speak out loud about this topic demonstrates the power of a young person’s voice. We think she is simply inspirational!

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for young people, including those from the LGBTQIA community. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.



Supporting people with dementia

Friday 21 September is World Alzheimers Day – which raises awareness as well as challenging the stigma that surrounds dementia.

And here in WA, September is Dementia Awareness Month with the theme – Together we can… help ensure no one faces dementia alone.

Rise supports people with dementia

At Rise we’re all about people, not about the barriers they may have.

Which means to provide the right kind of support for those living with dementia, we discover their passions and take the time to learn about their life experiences. Then we can make real connections with the people we support.

Spark of Life club

Spark of Life is a gentle and celebratory philosophy that offers a practical approach to dementia care.

It’s all about restoring happiness. Lifting the spirit and encouraging a zest for life for people living with dementia.

Our Spark of Life club is run twice a week by specially trained support workers.

We always aim to provide someone living with dementia with the best experiences possible in any one day.

Milperra Cottage

And we haven’t forgotten the care-givers! We know that caring for someone with dementia is a full-time role.

So our beautiful Milperra Cottage located in the Perth Hills can offer overnight stays to people with dementia. It also provides care-givers with a well earned break.

Rise services

Rise provides numerous aged care services which includes social centres, personal care, dementia support and home support. For more information click here.