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Darnell mental health recovery

Helping others helps Darnell on her road to recovery

Talking about mental health is a great way to break down barriers and stigma surrounding it.
That’s why Darnell is telling her story.
She hopes that it might help someone.
She hopes that it might help encourage someone to get help.
She hopes that they may be able to feel useful and productive again, just like she is.

Darnell’s life

Darnell was born in California and raised in the Midwest. Her accent is soft and mild after so many years living in Australia.
Darnell is a mother to four grown children. She’s also mum to two dogs – lab crosses. All six of her babies got her through her darkest days.

I was in psychiatric care for four weeks. It wasn’t a wonderful place to be, but on the other hand you heard stories just like yours and could relate.

I was referred to Rise from Community Health while in hospital. I was put in touch with support worker Paul. We met twice a week to start, and then once a week.

After being released from hospital, Darnell wasn’t in a good place mentally.

I didn’t want to be around people, I didn’t want to go out. I wouldn’t leave the house at all.

Some days I would call Paul and tell him I wasn’t well because I just didn’t want to interact with anyone.

When you feel lousy it’s a bad feeling. My dogs were very protective of me and were never far from my side.

Road to recovery

A change in medication dosage was the catalyst for Darnell to start feeling more like herself.

She was keen to contribute to society and give back. Darnell started looking for opportunities, and connected with the Swan Volunteer Resource Centre.

I thought that if I can’t work for someone, I’ll work in a different capacity.

I looked through the files and found People Who Care who needed volunteers urgently. I made a decision and took an opportunity – I haven’t looked back.

Darnell drives people to activities and also provides one-on-one support to clients. Initially she was rostered to help for two days a week, but often volunteers up to four days a week.

Before I used to avoid people but now I look forward to it. Just last week I found myself telling a joke to everyone on the bus. That’s something I wouldn’t have done before.

I’m interacting with people more and getting back into my hobbies. I like charcoal drawings and my dogs are happy I have more energy.

Helping others

For Darnell, the act of helping others has helped with her journey to recovery.

I’m one of the lucky ones who has seen the light. Even when I finished my support with Rise, it could have gone either way with my path in life.

I’m happy with where I’m at and what I’m doing now. My challenge now is working to keep my mental health at that level.

I like helping people and I hope by sharing my story it can help someone else.

Darnell has now be exited from Rise services and we are so pleased to see how well she is doing. We wish you all the best for a healthy and happy life as you balance volunteering with your many hobbies!

Rise services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

redgum house garden makeover

Redgum House gets a garden makeover

The garden of one of our houses has undergone a makeover – which all the residents are enjoying!

Redgum House

Redgum House is located in Morley and is home to several people. House Senior Denise Warner said she was so happy with the results.

We now have paving, new lawn, vegetable patch and rose garden!

This makeover has given our residents a place to enjoy and relax, and also learn new skills like watering the garden and learning to grow vegetables that they can eat.

Denise said there was plans to do even more in the garden including putting in a bird bath and fruit trees.

A big thank you needs to go to Swan Valley Nursery. They kindly donated 40 seedlings for our vegetable patch which included vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.

Denise wins award

For her efforts to lead the makeover, Denise won an award! She won the people with Disability Staff Award for May. She was nominated by her team leader. Naninga Onesmino from a nearby house was also nominated.

Rise services

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

Eathen Carruthers

Eathen set to break a speaking attendance record

Rise client Eathen Carruthers is set to break a speaking record attendance at his next event!

Celebrating the Passmore’s

Eathen is one of our people, who we love to celebrate! Rise has helped Eathen with his dream to become a published author. He has now published three books.

Two of the books are based on the history of Riverton, where Eathen was born and raised. He is very proud of his suburb and likes talking about Henry Passmore, who is the subject of his second book.

Speaking attendance record

Along with the Mayor of City of Fremantle, Eathen is hosting an event in June – The Return of Passmore Avenue.

George Henry Passmore was the first to settle in North Fremantle in the 1800s. The event on Saturday 2nd June will give people a chance to hear about the iconic houses of G.H Passmore on Passmore Avenue.

There will be a chance to meet Eathen and buy his books. You can also enjoy entertainment including bag pipes and assistance from Fremantle RSL.

Eathen said he was looking forward to a large crowd. He expects more than 200 people to attend, which will be his biggest public speaking record yet.

At the end of the day you will have the opportunity to make your way down to the end of Passmore Avenue on the waterfront and beautiful Fremantle Harbour with the guests and farewell a legend and his grandson who lived In Riverton. They will be given a send off like no other.

There will be a chance to mingle and reminisce on the many remarkable events that George Henry Passmore gave Fremantle Town back in the early 1800s.

The event runs from 10.30am to 5pm. For more information email eathcodyc@gmail.com or call 0499835976 for tickets.

We are so proud of you Eathen! He was also featured in our Celebrating People Book 2016-17.

Rise services

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

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Rise staff value WACOSS conference 2018 learnings

Rise was proud to be a community sponsor at the recent WA Council of Social Services (WACOSS) 2018 conference, with staff getting great value from the two-day conference.

WACOSS conference 2018

WACOSS holds a yearly conference to discuss trends and improvements in the social services sector. The conference was held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.

This year the theme was Making Place. Over two days, various guests speakers addressed the topic, which is about

People making a difference
Leveraging the opportunities
Aspiring to a better world
Connecting with others, and
Enacting bold initiatives together that create the places we can thrive in.

Rise sponsorship

Rise was please to be a community sponsor for the conference. We also had a stand where we had some great conversations with people about what we do!

Our staff ran an activity asking people to tell us what ‘Making Place’ means to them. We got some very interesting answers! They included:

  • a picture of a house
  • “belonging and connecting”
  • “a community that lives in harmony”
  • “people”.

Our staff helped to man the booth during session breaks. Rise Regional Manager Suzanna Robertson said she had really enjoyed the conference.

The speakers have generously shared their knowledge and experience. It’s provided really useful learning and been a terrific networking opportunity.

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.

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Working at Rise is a family affair

At Rise, working here is like being part of one big family. Although we do have several family units here too!

Take Wendy, Shannon and Lockie.

A family affair

Matriarch Wendy is a coordinator at three day centres in the Perth hills. She has been working for Rise for more than 15 years!

Her daughter Shannon has been a disability support worker for six years.

Meanwhile, son Lochie is part of our gardening team. He first started washing the company buses for several months, before moving into a gardening role where he has been for the past year.

While the trio rarely cross paths during their day jobs, they do all live together. Shannon said there’s comfort in having common ground with the company they work for.

It’s nice to go home and my family understands where I work and what I do.

Celebrating People

We love celebrating our staff and showing the various roles that staff can fill across the organisation. The family trio are a shining example of this and recently 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.


Town of Cambridge

Rise takes on Town of Cambridge HACC services

Cambridge Council has selected Rise as its preferred provider to deliver Home and Community Care (HACC) services to Cambridge residents! Rise will deliver these services from 1st July 2018.

Town of Cambridge

The Western Australian Department of Health and the Town of Cambridge jointly awarded the contract to Rise. This followed the Town’s recent decision to transition out of HACC services.

Late last year an Expression of Interest (EOI) was issued to find a suitable north metropolitan HACC provider to deliver aged care services to seniors in the Town of Cambridge.

Rise were one of twelve organisations that responded. We underwent a thorough selection process prior to selection.

Town of Cambridge Community Development Director Cam Robbins said entrusting the delivery of these services to another organisation was a tough decision.

The Town will now work with Rise to develop a seamless transition strategy for both clients and staff and focus on continuity of high quality care for our HACC clients.

Wembley Community Centre

The Town has arranged a licence agreement for Rise to use the Wembley Community Centre. This is the Town’s day centre which offers social events, outings and group activities for seniors.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer said Rise wouldn’t be making any changes to the location or the delivery of current services.

We had our first meeting with staff recently. Rise will be doing everything we can to welcome and support the Town of Cambridge staff as they join the Rise team.

We will continue to use the Wembley Community Centre for activities. It is important that seniors have a friendly and familiar place to meet and socialise. We want minimal disruption for our guests.

Rise has undertaken a number of similar service transitions with other local government authorities and not for profit organisations. We have a well-developed road map for ensuring a smooth transition process in the lead up to 1 July 2018 transition date.

For more information visit www.risenetwork.com.au

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CEO Sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness

Our CEO will soon be spending a night outside in the cold to raise awareness about and funds for those experiencing homelessness.

CEO Sleepout

Rise CEO Justine Colyer is taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for the eighth year in a row.

On Thursday 21st June she will join more than 60 CEOs from around Perth. They will brave the cold night at the WACA.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of homelessness. The CEOs will also raise funds for the cause.

Over the past eight years, Justine has raised more than $20,000. She said she aims to add another $5000 to the total this year.

Vinnies in WA kicked off the campaign recently with a number of women across the sector who will do the Sleepout. The aim of it was to encourage the community to consider the number of women and children facing poverty and hardship right now.

Homelessness amongst women has almost doubled over the last four years – particularly with older women.  I’m particularly passionate about supporting women as they are often accompanied by children, are escaping domestic violence or severely financially disadvantaged by a system that leaves them with little superannuation.

To find out more or to donate click here.

Rise services

Rise supports many people who are at risk of homelessness, including youth, people with a disability and those with mental health issues. For more information visit our website.

Rise rocks a Youth Week event at Stratton

A Youth Week event at Stratton has been hailed a huge success!

Rise ran a fun event at Stratton Edge Youth Centre to celebrate Youth Week.

Youth Week event

The event bought together lots of different activities for young people. There was a photo booth, giant games and a bouncy castle.

A sausage sizzle kept the troops full! That gave them lots of energy for tug of war, cricket and table tennis provided by WAPCYC.

Later in the day, Freestyle Now came down to run a skatepark workshop. The young people got to learn a whole new range of tricks!

Youth week event

Thanks to our partners

Away from the physical action, we also had several partner organisations involved in providing great information. City of Swan was our co-host for the event.

We’d also like to mention YACWA’s YEP Crew who ran a workshop on sexual health. Alongside this fun bunch, WA Aids Council had a fun snakes and ladders game!

A big thanks also to Shire of Mundaring’s Midvale Hub Parenting Service. It’s only when people come together that we can offer such a fun day out for our young people.

yep crew youth week event

Rise youth

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

Kira House baby

Babies feel the love at Kira House

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. This is certainly our mentality at Kira House – which is our safe house for young women aged 14 to 18 years.

Kira House

Kira House is a 24-hour service which supports young women escaping family and domestic violence. Around 30% of the women we support are pregnant or have children.

Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan said Rise offered a unique service.

We are the only service of this type in Perth who caters for such young women.

In the past two years we have supported 107 women. Of these, 14 had their own children.

We have a great set up to cater for children, and our staff love baby snuggles.

We support the women by equipping them with parenting skills which will help them into the future.

Life skills

As well as parenting skills, all women at Kira House are prepared for their everyday and future goals.

Rise can provide informal counselling, focus on strengths and refer women to other agencies if there is other community services they may need.

This beautiful baby pictured here was recently 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 Youth

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

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NEYON focuses on LGBTI issues

The Rise youth team has been learning how to better support and understand young people that identify as LGBTI through NEYON.

NEYON meeting

NEYON is the North East Youth Organisations Network. It is a group of providers in the area who come together regularly.

A recent meeting focused on LGBTI.

There were representatives from Parkerville Children and Youth Care, City of Swan, Indigo Junction, The Smith Family and Rise there.

Katie from Inclusive Education WA did a workshop on sex, gender and sexuality. This oversight gave youth workers an understanding of the diversity within the LGBTI community and the language used by young people.

Emily, who has just started at Rise in Youth Services delivered on Same-Sex Attracted Intersex Gender Diverse (SSAIGD) Youth.

The session included a brief overview of what it means to be a young person under the umbrella of SSAIGD, as well as information and strategies on how to run inclusive services and address the specific needs of this community.

Rise Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan said it was an awesome day.

NEYON is a great network to meet new people in the youth sector and to learn about sector development, trends and best practice.

This NEYON meeting definitely delivered on this expectation, the two speakers were amazing and the content was contemporary.

It really drilled down into how youth services can better meet the needs of the LGBTI community and provide inclusive services.

Dawn encourages anyone interested in youth work who wants to make more connections in the sector to engage with NEYON. You can sign up to the website at www.neyon.com.au and you will receive invites to future meetings.

Rise Youth

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