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Rise Board AGM 2018

Celebrating Rise at the AGM

Rise celebrated all the year’s achievements at our 2018 Annual General Meeting.

At the AGM

Our AGM is a great opportunity to celebrate all things Rise – our staff, our Board, our volunteers, our services and, of course, our members.

We released our new Annual Report, which will be available online soon, and welcomed a newly elected Board member to the Rise family – Charlie Gunningham.

It’s been a busy year!

This year has been another busy one full of growth and positive achievements.

Our wonderful Chair, Alf Lay thanked everyone for their great efforts. He also reminded us that this year Rise has gone through some amazing growth. Highlights include:

  • successfully integrating the former Home Help Local operations into our business
  • incorporating other contracts previously delivered by the City of Kalamunda and Town of Cambridge
  • developing and introducing our new ICT system and
  • coming to terms with the NDIS and the changes it has brought to the way we do business.

The value of diversity

Our CEO Justine Colyer said

Rise staff and the people we support continued to demonstrate to the rest of the community the value of diversity and that we all have fantastic talents and skills that contribute to society. We are so much more than an organisation funded to provide services – we are changing people’s perceptions about what community is.

We love what we do, and we like to think it shows!

Rise services

Rise provides services for young people, the aged, people with a disability and those facing mental health challenges. For more information visit the website.

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.

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.

Board chair Alf Lay

Rise Board Chair cycles for a cause

The Rise Board Chair is getting on his bike and cycling for a good cause!

Alf Lay is taking part in the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer in October this year.

The event is a two-day, 250km cycling event which raises funds for cancer research.

Board Chair gets cycling

This is the fifth year Alf has taken part in the event, and he said he enjoyed contributing to a good cause.

The money we raise from the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer goes 100% to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Perth’s world class facility dedicated to fighting cancer.

I am sure there is a cure out there and one day we will find it! Many, many people can hopefully benefit from the funds raised.

Alf said that he loves cycling – and he must to ride 250km in two days!

So far I have raised $26,800 over the past four years, including sponsorships received so far this year.

Your gift of any amount will help support cancer research and take us one step closer to a world free of cancer!

My ride won’t bring loved ones or friends back, but it might stop others from going through the same tragedy.

The ride will be held over the weekend of 13-14 October through the south west.

Alf has set himself a sponsorship target of $3,500. If you would like to donate please click here.

Click on the donate button and search for rider Alf Lay. To find out more about the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research click here.

Go Alf!

Rise services

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

Disability advisory committee

Bethlyn advocates on Disability Advisory Committee

Bethlyn Jarvis is a busy woman! She’s involved with several organisations supporting those with a disability or mental health issue.

Bethlyn is also a member of Rise’s Disability Advisory Committee. She’s been part of it since it was formed around three years ago.

Disability Advisory Committee

Every two months, the committee meets to discuss disability services at Rise.

The committee is made up of four family members of people with a disability and a client from a Rise supported accommodation house. There are also several Rise staff too.

During these meetings, Bethlyn said the representatives have a chance to raise any concerns.

All the committee members represent people who live in different Rise accommodation and have different needs.

Most of our children have no, or limited, speech so can’t speak for themselves.

Being on the committee gives us a chance to bring up any concerns and resolve them before they become bigger issues.

Committee is valuable

Despite being such a busy lady, Bethlyn said she really valued being on the committee and had no plans to step down.

It gives us an avenue to talk about things and improve our family member’s life.

There is opportunity to find out about different opportunities such as new places to visit, and new activities available for people with a disability.

There is shared understanding of our lives and some of the challenges. I’d encourage others to join. It keeps us up to date with Rise too.

Clients and stakeholders are encouraged to become members of the committee. We are looking for a broad and diverse membership to make sure a diverse range of views and voices can be heard.

For more information email contact@risenetwork.com.au

Rise services

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

emerging leader

Dawn an emerging leader in WA

The Youth Manager at Rise has completed an emerging leader course in WA.

Dawn McAleenan recently graduated from the Emerging Young Leaders in Governance Program.

Emerging leader

The Emerging Young Leaders Program develops young leaders (under 40 years) and creates opportunities for them to succeed on Boards of Governance in the aged care and community sector.

The program accepts 20 young leaders onto its competitive program each year. They attend:

  • leadership training
  • structured events
  • learning and development opportunities
  • board meetings
  • mentoring sessions.

Dawn said she had found the program very valuable.

This program has taught me lots about board governance within the not for profit sector. I have also had made some great contacts along the way.

I would like to thank the board at WACOSS for allowing me to observe a meeting and for Louise Giolitto, CEO at WACOSS, for taking the time to be my mentor.

Program Facilitator Alicia Curtis said the graduates had worked very hard during the course.

Well done to participants. Your dedication, expertise and passion for the community sector is inspiring. I know you will make exceptional board directors.

Well done Dawn, we are so proud of you! We can’t wait to see you rock the socks off a board and make an impact.

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.

Shaun Mays

Rise General Manager elected to GRAI board

Rise is proud to share that one of our General Managers has been elected to the GRAI board.

Shaun Mays was elected to the position on at the recent GRAI Annual General Meeting.

GRAI board member

GRAI is a WA group which supports older people with diverse sexualities and gender identities.

Shaun said he was happy to be elected to the board because it was a great opportunity to use his professional experience with his commitment to increasing the inclusiveness of LGBTI people in human services.

I have a great respect for my older lesbian and gay peers. I fully appreciate that their struggles and sacrifice have paved the way for the rights that all LGBTI people (including myself) enjoy today.

As a new General Manager at Rise, which works in the area of aged care, I think it is important to provide the best and most inclusive level of care to all our clients. I’m keen to learn more about how we can best do that at Rise.

Strong volunteer ties

Shaun has previously been a board member for a diverse range of non-for-profits. This includes the Youth Affairs Council of WA and the WA Network for Alcohol and other Drug Agencies.

I’ve also been active as a volunteer on the boards of different community organisations for the past 20 years.

The GRAI board is a diverse range of people. I’m excited to be a part of this team and work together to create the best care we can for people in the community – not just for LGBTI people but all minorities.

Rise services

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

Rise AGM 2017

Rise marks a successful year with celebration

Rise has marked another successful year of operation with a fun-filled Annual General Meeting.

The AGM was held on 25th October, with more than 90 people attending. This included members, board, staff, friends in the sector and community members.

A celebration of people

The AGM was a celebration of our people. Two of our clients were interviewed by leadership group members to give an insight into their hobbies and successes.

Jarrad Dickerson spoke about his love of football and the revamped garden at Nobel House where he lives. Eathen Carruthers talked about Rise helping him become a published author. He had these inspiring words to tell the audience

Rise has helped me so much it brings a tear to the eye. If you’re looking smart and your reputation for being a gentleman makes you who you are and wherever you go, then your class of smarts will be bound for new heights. Whatever you wish to do or be take care of yourself before you take care of anyone else. Your life begins with that mysterious idea within.

Staff awards for service and values were also handed out. Mental Health Housing Coordinator Kristi Reinelt was awarded theinaugural Anna Alderson Award. This award honours the memory of Board Member and Board Chair Anna Alderson, who lived and breathed Rise’s values.

Another successful year

The celebration coincided with the release of the Annual Report 2016-2017.

Both Board Chair Alf Lay and Treasurer Chris Nicoloff spoke about the success Rise had achieved throughout the past financial year.

Chris said Rise had significant growth, with a strong working capital placing us in a good position. He said investment in new systems, such as the ICT Project currently underway, would help Rise deliver services for clients in the best way.

Rise services

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

If you would like a copy of our Annual Report, please visit the head office at 12 Leslie Road, Middle Swan.

Our Board Chair “Rides to Conquer Cancer”

Alf Lay: Board Chair

At Rise, we have excellent working relationships with our Board Members. Rise “Celebrates People” and we are extremely proud of our Board Chair, Alf Lay who completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer at the weekend.

Ride to Conquer Cancer

The 2016 MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is for anyone who wants to challenge themselves for a great cause“.

All the money raised helps to fast track the development of new treatments and new ways to diagnose cancer.

The event is all about endurance, as participants cycle over 200 kilometers in 2 days!

Unfortunately for Alf, he had the worse weather imaginable, with 40 knot winds, rain and hail! Some tents were set up for cyclists to sleep in at Mandurah, and by 2am Saturday morning most of them had blown away!

However, he persevered with a strong cycling pack on the Sunday, and made it back in 3 hours and 38 minutes (riding just over 108kms).

Cycling Stats: Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer, 2016

  • 905 cyclists participated this year;
  • Cyclists collectively raised just over $4m;
  • Team MACA which Alf was part of raised $1.1m with 290 cyclists;
  • Team MACA over 5 years has raised over $5m;
  • The event itself has raised $24.5 million over the last 5 years.

Alf commented,

This year I raised $4,350 thanks to your kind sponsorships, so despite the challenging economic conditions I felt that was pretty good.

I have already registered for next year’s event and for those cyclists/budding cyclists among you I encourage you to register and participate. For those that can’t/don’t want to participate, I and cancer sufferers worldwide look forward to your financial support.

Once again, many thanks.

Ride to Conquer Cancer 2017

If you are keen to take part next year in this epic challenge, click here for more information

Image of Justine stood in front of members at the Annual General Meeting with a microphone

Rise Community Network 2016 Annual General Meeting

In line with our new vision of ‘Celebrating People’, the Rise AGM really was a cause for celebration and good cheer. It’s also a great opportunity to bring people together from all walks of life. The garden theme coincided with a beautiful and well overdue Spring day as our guests met and chatted over delicious canapes. These were prepared by the women from Boronia Pre-Release Centre, a cause we support whole-heatedly. We believe everyone deserves a second chance.




Justine Colyer said about the AGM;

The event gave us a chance to thank people for their contributions through the year. Our wonderful former Board Chairs – Patrick and Anna, whom we miss enormously. Staff and volunteers (including our Board!). Our partners from other organisations and, importantly, those who use our services.  We hope that you felt our values of welcoming and optimism throughout the event and had a great morning.