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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.

fair game stratton edge

Fair Game engage young people at Stratton Edge

Fair Game has been a hit at Stratton Edge Youth Centre, engaging the young people in a variety of sports.

Fair Game gets young people active

Facilitated by Matt and Tom, Fair Game has been attending Stratton Edge Youth Centre every fortnight.

Fair Game gets communities active through participation in unique sport-based team games, fitness challenges, dance, Indigenous Yoga and wellness programs.

We are lucky enough to have them attending every two weeks, until the middle of 2019!

Rise Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the sessions were well attended, with lots of different sport options.

The young people are really enjoying the sessions. The facilitators are super engaging and we are lucky to have them.

On Monday when it wasn’t raining they were outside playing boom ball. When it was raining they were inside having a pool competition, and playing chess.

The young people have also played dodgeball, and we hear soccer is the next request!

This is a great way to burn off energy, but also develop team-building skills through sport.

As a bonus, there are also prizes every session!

Stratton Edge Youth Centre is located in Stratton and cater for young people aged 12 to 17 years. The centre is open Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm during term. We also run a school holiday program!

Rise young people

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

R U OK? – Meaningful conversations about mental health

R U OK? Day is all about staying connected and having meaningful conversations with people who may be having a tough time – and that includes work colleagues.

R U OK? road show

To raise awareness and start some conversations, last week Rise invited the whole team to wear yellow for R U OK? Day and attend a session to learn more about mental health.

Workplace Health and Safety Officer Julie Exeter, along with our Mental Health team, hit the road visiting Rise sites for the whole week.

At the sessions we talked about what RU OK? is all about and the four steps that could save a life:

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Follow up

We also learned how to listen and look out for signs that someone we work with is struggling.

Starting conversations

We all need to be confident to ask someone R U OK?  So each session included role-playing where we explored ways to start the conversation and how to be prepared for the response we may get.

CEO Justine Colyer said Rise offers a range of flexible and tailored support for when ever people need it.

I want to thank you all for being part of supportive and open communication with your teams and making sure you take care of yourselves so we can all look out for each other.

It was an important reminder to take care of our own mental health as well as look out for how others are doing.

If you missed the session at your work site, there is a load of excellent information and resources on the R U OK? website.

Big thank you to Julie for organising the seriously yummy R U OK? cakes!

Rise Mental Health

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

Djilba wildflowers

Djilba is the growing season!

Did you know that Australia is currently in the Aboriginal season of Djilba?

Djilba is one of the six Indigenous seasons. It runs throughout  August and September.

Djilba time in Australia

This is a transitional time of year. The days are starting to get longer and slightly warmer, but there is still much rain around.

The weather provides the perfect base for wildflower season! Native flowers start to flower, mostly yellow and cream flowers.

You can also spot some bright blues.

Djilba is also known as the season of conception. During this time new borns will start to appear. You can also hear the chirps of baby birds who are nest bound.

This is why the Koolbardi (magpie) becomes protective during this time, swooping on people and animals it deems a threat.

It is not the only bird acting this way! Djidi Djidi (willy wag tails) and the Chuck-a-luck (wattle birds) are other woodland birds that protect their young fiercely.

For the Aboriginal people who lived off the land, the main food sources during this season were Yongar (kangaroo), the Waitj (emu) and the Koomal (possum).

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.

Patrick crichton

Patrick proud to watch Rise grow

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.

robot therapy

Rise enjoys some robot therapy

Rise clients have been enjoying some robot therapy!

When Robot Buddy came to visit our southern social centre recently, and it was a total hit.

Robot therapy

Robot Buddy is a specially-designed therapy robot for aged care. It is great for all sorts of people too!

Guests at our social centre in the Armadale area got to experience the bots first hand.

Social Programs Coordinator Maryann Ellis said it was a hoot!

The robots use music and lights to encourage singing, dancing and social interaction.

Coleen spent time with us here at Yirra Mia, and we had fun! We will definitely be getting her back – everyone loved it, just look at the happy faces!

Robot Buddy uses dance styles and music that appeal to the target audience. Guests can copy the moves on their feet, or from their chair. And the music can bring back some great memories of times gone by!

Rise services

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

recycling youth stratton

Rise gets recycling thanks to poster reminder

The environment is at the front of our minds this week as Rise gets recycling thanks to some great poster reminders.

Rise gets recycling

Young people attending the Stratton Edge Youth Centre created some great posters recently in a bid to inspire better recycling.

Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said a recycling workshop was held.

We have been trying to inspire the young people at the centre to recycle their recyclables!

The young people were already pretty good discerning which items went on which poster, with only a little helping hand, and some heavy discussion about certain items, some of which the young people corrected staff on!

Skye said the posters covered the obvious rubbish and recycling. During the workshop, the group also added donate and compost posters.

They used old magazines and papers to create the collages. Skye said she hoped it sparked some environmentally conscious actions!

We will now have posters created by the young people above the rubbish and recycling bins in the youth centre and hopefully create a more environmentally friendly youth centre – maybe some of the tips will even make it back home!

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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Rise supported accommodation for people with a disability

Rise has a number of supported accommodation options for people with a disability.

Supported accommodation

We provide more than just a home for people with a disability – we offer a place to belong.

Rise has accommodation all over Perth. From Waikiki to Ellenbrook, we also have many homes in the Swan area.

Rise General Manager Shaun Mays said the supported accommodation is tailored to each individual.

We are committed to finding the right people for the right houses.

We want to make sure that our homes are harmonious. This gives everyone the best chance to live happy lives and reach their goals.

Our homes are modern, comfortable and well equipped.

Shaun said Rise currently had a few houses searching for people to call them home. Each house lists the ideal age, gender and attributes of the individual. You can find out more about our current supported accommodation options for people with a disability here.

For more information about our houses please contact:

Anita Young
0417 209 246

Rise disability services

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

Stratton edge youth mural

New mural complete at Stratton Edge

A new mural at Stratton Edge Youth Centre is now complete!

Stratton Edge Youth Centre is located in Stratton and provided a drop-in space and activities for young people aged 12-17 years.

New mural

Work on the mural began in June, under the guidance of artist Lea Taylor.

One wall inside the centre has now been transformed completely! The mural shows the six Aboriginal seasons, which are very colourfully represented! The young people at the centre helped to paint this over two months, and had input into the design.

Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld it was great to see the project come to life.

We have been working to make the youth centre a more open and inviting space, and this is just one part of that. The mural has made such a difference to the feel of the centre.

Lea has done an amazing job and the young people had a great time getting creative.It’s awesome that everyone was able to contribute and leave their mark on the centre.

The Youth Centre will host an open day for the community later this year, where people can view the mural in person.

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.

wembley community centre

Wembley Community Centre welcomed to Rise

Our guests and staff at Wembley Community Centre are settling well into Rise!

From 1st July, Rise began delivering aged care services in the Wembley area.

Wembley Community Centre

Earlier this year, Town of Cambridge selected Rise as its preferred provider to deliver Home and Community Care (HACC) services to Cambridge residents. You can read the full media release here.

Rise has been working hard to make it a smooth transition for staff and guests. Staff training has been undertaken to get the crew comfortable with Rise systems.

For our social centre guests, things have largely gone on as normal!

Recently, the group visited the Mighty Quinn for some delicious pub grub.

Aged Care Coordinator Todd Jemerson said craft and other club activities such as movies also run at the Centre each week.

Thank you to all the staff and community members for their continued support in allowing Rise Wembley to grow its service delivery, offering  support and information to our wider community.

Rise is very open to feedback to make sure we are delivering suitable options for all our guests. For more information contact 6274 3624.

Rise services

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