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WA to join national NDIS

Rise is pleased that a decision about WA’s disability scheme has been announced.

WA to join national NDIS

On 12 December, it was announced that WA would be joining the nationally delivered, National Disability Insurance Scheme. Here is a statement from Minister for Disability Services Stephen Dawson.

From 1 July 2018, WA will hand over running of the Scheme to the Federal Government. The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across WA by 2020.

People already taking part in the State Scheme will transfer to the nationally delivered Scheme between April 2018 and December 2018. They will be contacted by the WA Government to advise them of the decision and the next steps to be taken.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer said the decision gives certainty to current and future participants and their families.

Rise is very familiar with both the State and Federally run scheme and will be able to support those moving from the State scheme as well as those in the National scheme.
If you are receiving services from us today, you will still get services from us tomorrow.  We will share more information with you as soon as it becomes available.
In the meantime, we are pleased that WA will retain it’s own Minister for Disability Services whom we trust will work on our community’s behalf to protect the rights, interests and choices of people in our State.


Rise has been a leading provider of services for people with a disability and those with a mental health issue for over 30 years. For more information click here.

volunteers Rise

Rise celebrates our valued volunteers

Rise has been celebrating our valued volunteers with several events.

Last week marked International Volunteer Day.

Valued volunteers

Rise has more than 180 volunteers all over the Perth metropolitan area.

These volunteers help with driving, meal delivery, arts, events and more!

To celebrate them, we held four breakfast events.

Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Begley said it was nice to give back our volunteers.

Our volunteers are so selfless in giving up their time to help others. This is a just a small token of our thanks for all that they do.

We had breakfasts in Armadale, Warwick, Mundaring and Forrestfield and more than 100 volunteers came along. It’s a really nice social outing too and a chance for people to connect.

valued volunteers

International Volunteer Day

Volunteers around the world are celebrated on 5th December. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985.

In WA, the keynote event to mark the day was run by Volunteering WA. More than 25 volunteers from Rise attended the Garden Party at Government House. It was a fancy affair to recognise the great work of volunteers from all over the state!

Lisa said it was a great afternoon out

A few of our volunteers met the Governor General which was very exciting for them.


Rise volunteers

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at Rise, visit our website.

washing machice

Washing machine makes life easier

Having a washing machine in the home is something most people take for granted.

Not Joanne.

Joanne finally got a washer and dryer installed in her Subiaco unit this year, and she describes it as a life-changer.

Washing machine makes a difference

Joanne is supported by Rise, with Outreach Support Worker Paul supporting her for the past six months.

Paul has supported Joanne to purchase a washing machine for her unit, so she no longer needs to use the communal washing machine.

The wash house has six machines and five dryers for 300 people.

Unfortunately at the unit block, there is a lot of crime and people use communal property for things they shouldn’t.

A washing machine and dryer installed in her bathroom has made a world of difference.

Now Joanne can run her machine any time of the day or night. She can do the washing in her pj’s if she likes, she can fold the washing on her bed and she doesn’t have her washing stolen anymore.

For me to get a machine is a life saver. It’s a simple thing in life to have clean clothes.

Paul took me to Kambos and Miele had a floor stock sale.

The machines are really quiet because they are designed for units, and they fit perfectly.

A long time coming

Joanne has been pushing for a washing machine for many years through the correct channels. She saved up to afford the plumbing changes, and placed the machines on interest free loans.

She’s telling us her story because she wants other people on low incomes to know that they can get help for purchases to make life easier.

I’m quite a private person but I thought it might help someone else.

I’d like for other people to see that things are achievable and to know they can get help.

There are always ways around things and I’d like people to know that there is hope.

Support for clients

For Joanne, Paul is someone she can’t help but rave about.

From being her advocate for housing issues, to taking her shopping and working on her health, she praises him no end!

Paul has made such a difference and it’s nice to promote the good work of others.

He’s helped me get a new hot water system too.

Rise services

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


Rise staff celebrate a successful year

Rise staff came together from all over Perth to celebrate a successful 2017.

The staff end of year event was held at Perth Zoo on the weekend.

Rise staff celebrate

The year saw many changes at Rise and and expansion in staff numbers, as we merged with Home Help Local in Armadale, and took on Home and Community Care services in the City of Kalamunda.

Staff numbers rose to well over 500. The end of year celebration was a chance for everyone to catch up meet new people.

Perth Zoo

The event was held at Perth Zoo – finding a venue large enough to accommodate all our staff is a challenge!

Staff enjoyed a BBQ, carousel ride and photo booth. We were also lucky enough to have a DJ donate their time to crank out the tunes.

It was a great night, and a fantastic way to acknowledge the hard work of our staff, who go above and beyond to help our people have a great life.

You can see more pictures here!

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.

Aboriginal Australia

Rise staff get the facts on Aboriginal Australia

Rise staff have been improving their knowledge of Aboriginal Australia thanks to our Aboriginal Employment Consultant.

Charmaine Bartlett started with Rise earlier this year to help to boost Aboriginal employment numbers.

Aboriginal Australia facts

Since Charmaine started, she has been sharing some amazing facts with staff. This has been a great chance for everyone to learn something new.

With the facts too good not to share, here is the latest installment below.

Did you know?

  1. Bondi or Boondi means “Water Breaking Over Rocks”.
  2. Canberra means “Meeting Place”.
  3. The Noongar word for man is “Maaman”.
  4. Paraburdoo means “White Cockatoo”.
  5. The Noongar words for Home or Place are “Mia or Maya”.
  6. The Didgeridoo originated in the Northern parts of Australia primarily around Kakadu.
  7. The Noongar words for woman are Yok or Yorga.
  8. Kununurra means “Large River or Big Waters”.
  9. The Noongar word for Magpie is “Kulbarki”.
  10. “Kylie” is a Throwing Stick.
  11. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) means “Many Hands”.
  12. Uluru is not the largest monolith. That honour is held by Mt Augustus in the Gascoyne/Murchison Region of WA.
  13. Gidgegannup means a “Place Where Spears Are Made”.
  14. The Bibbulmun Track is 1003 kilometres long. It starts at Kalamunda and ends at Albany

We hope you learnt something new!

Rise services

Rise offers a number of specialist Aboriginal programs, including Moorditj Mia in Koongamia and the Moorditj Social Program Champion Centre in Seville Grove. For more information visit ourwebsite.

Women's violence

Rise stands up for women’s violence

Rise has been proud to take part in two events raising awareness of domestic and family violence.

Last week was White Ribbon Day. While it was marked on 25th November, there were a number of local events running in Perth.

Rise stands up for women’s violence

Rise took part in the Silent March event through the Perth CBD.

This annual event included a market place in Stirling Gardens, with many Perth services present.

Prior to the march there were some moving speeches. An incredibly strong woman stood up and told her inspiring story, she has been able to turn her life around and come out the end with a new lease on life.

There was also a beautiful tribute to the 12 people who have died as a result of domestic violence since last November.

silent march domestic violence

Midland march

Rise staff also had a stall at the Midland March that Matters event.

Hundreds of people gathered in Juniper Gardens to show their support for domestic and family violence.

The march was led by the police bagpipe band, as they walked around the streets on Midland. Police horses bought up the rear.

Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan said family and domestic violence was a real issue in our community.

The latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics are that three times as many females experiencing assault than males and seven times as many females are victims of sexual assault.

Kira House is the only crisis accommodation for young women aged 14 to 18 years escaping family and domestic violence. On average 60 young women are supported to stay safe and become more resilient through the provision of this service.

Last week, we stood behind these young women to put a stop to this gendered issue.

Rise youth services

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.

youth driving

New MOU to help get youths on the road

A new Memorandum of Understanding with Indigo Junction is set to get more youths on the road.

Rise and Indigo Junction recently signed an MOU about the Youth Drive Up Program.

Getting youths on the road

The Youth Drive Up Program helps young people get their driving licence.

it is run four times a year and helps young people to learn about road safety and being a safe driver.

The training also includes a test at the end of the workshop. If they pass, the young person receives a certificate and does not have to sit the test at a licensing centre.

Indigo Junction

Two staff members from Indigo Junction have completed their facilitators’ training.

Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said this was good news for local young people.

Having more training facilitators means we can offer this training more consistently to young people who access Rise’s youth services.

It also means up to three Indigo Junction clients can join the sessions, so we are helping more young people get on the road.

This is such a great program to help young drivers feel safe and confident on the roads.


Rise Youth Services

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.


men's Shed

New Men’s Shed program to help build connections

Rise has started a new Men’s Shed program to help build connections and friendships.

At the Talus Social program in Armadale, we provide lots of activities for the aged.

Need for a Men’s Shed

However, a gap was identified for programs specifically for men.

Men’s Program Coordinator Tony Phipps said the program was aimed at men who were at risk of becoming socially isolated.

The Men’s Shed is a safe place where men can meet others, enjoy their company and work on special projects too.

As well as meeting at the shed, we will offer excursions and other activities. The best bit is what we do will be driven by our guests.

Mateship and more

The men’s Shed will run from our centre on Talus Drive in Mt Richon.

Coffee, tea and lunch are included in the cost of attendance. HACC eligible clients can participate in the program.

A small launch party was held for the new program recently, with dozens of people having a chance to check out the shed.

For more information please contact Tony on 0437 587 615 or Tony.Phipps@risenetwork.com.au


Rise Aged Care

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

Homeless connect

Rise helps homeless connect to services

Rise has been helping the homeless connect to essential services in Perth.

This week Rise was part of the Homeless Connect Perth event in the city.

Homeless Connect

The event is a partnership between Volunteering WA and the City of Perth. It is a one-stop-shop of services for homeless people.

Homeless Connect brings together volunteers, government, community groups and businesses. They provide a range of free essential services to people who are or who are at risk of homelessness.

This includes

  • accommodation assistance
  • counselling
  • legal advice
  • free GP, dental, podiatry and optometry services
  • financial counselling
  • free shop facility with food, clothing, and toiletries
  • personal hygiene – haircuts and showers)
  • meal service
  • sporting and arts activities.

The Rise Mental Health team was involved in the event and had a stall. Many of the people we support are at risk of homelessness.

Mental Health Service Coordinator Nina Martin said it was a wonderful day out for everyone.

There was such a buzz at our stall and it was great to see so many people helped. We handed out mini toiletries and had the chance for lots of meaningful connections and sharing information about our services.

Rise helps the homeless

This year Rise staff helped to collect items which were handed out on the day. Keryn from the Mental Health Team was part of the Essentials for Women campaign.

Donations of new women’s underwear, sanitary items and toiletries were collected and handed out at Homeless Connect.

For the first time, some of our clients across the mental health and youth divisions benefited from the donations.

Keryn said she it was the second year she had been involved. She was impressed by the number of donations from Rise staff.

Thanks again to everyone who donated items, with so many essential Essential for Women goodies helping our clients.

Essentials for women

Rise services

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


Skate comp tests skills at Stratton Edge

A skate comp at Stratton Edge Youth Centre recently put the skills of young people to the test.

Nearly 40 youths took part in the Skateboard, Scooter and BMX Competition. Freestyle Now hosted five coaching workshops and one Open Jam Trick competition in the lead up to the big day.

Skate comp gets competitive

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said everyone was welcome to take part, with varying skill levels and ages joining in.

Freestyle Now did a fantastic job running the competition day. They had MC, two experienced judges and other staff members who were behind the scenes making sure all went smoothly.

The turn out was fantastic and the young people managed to settle their nerves enough to show off their incredible flips and tricks.

More than $1300 worth of prizes were given out to the young people. A huge thanks goes to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries who made this event possible through a grant we received from them. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.

Youth worker Caius Ghinescu said it was an action-packed day.

We had music, BBQ, drinks and fresh fruit for the young competitors and they had blast.

Rise Youth services

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.