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Successful first steps to Support Worker career


Rise Mental Health Services latest Peer Work Course came to a successful conclusion last week with all seven participants graduating.

The course allows people with a lived mental health experience to learn skills and develop an understanding about the mental health industry so that they can start their journey into work as a Peer Support Worker.  Topics included:

  • Goal Setting
  • The Peer Worker–Client Relationship
  • Conducting a Presentation
  • Looking After Your Health

The 6 week course was facilitated by Michael and work placement student Andrea. Michael said

It was amazing to work with seven great students and see their passion for Peer Work. It was a privilege to hear their stories and help them to start their journey as a Peer Worker. I was lucky to have the support of Andrea in co-facilitating the course she was an amazing asset.

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

If you’d like further information about the next Peer Work course, please contact:

Michael at michael.akkermans@risenetwork.com.au or 0417 857 735

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La Salle students complete work experience at Rise

Rise recently welcomed several boarding students from local school La Salle to complete work experience.

Five students joined us for a week recently. They were all from remote Aboriginal communities.

La Salle students complete work experience

Paula McKay from the school said the young people had a great week!

For the first few days they were based at Rise Creatives in Warwick.

This arts hub is for people of different ages and abilities to take part in a range of activities. Paula said:

All the students are year 10, they are required to complete a block of work experience each term as a part of their General Certificate of Education.

Noah, Chenielle and Antonio are from Balgo and Slade is from Kununurra. I was very impressed with their maturity and the respect they gave, in particular to the clients at Warwick.

They learnt many things, wood burning, crocheting and knitting.

For the second part of their work experience, the students travelled to Centenary House in Koongamia.

This hub is home to our Moorditj Mia group for Aboriginal people. The work experience fell during Reconciliation Week, when our coordinator arranged for the West Coast Eagles to attend.

Paula said this was the highlight of the week!

The young people met and had photos with two players – Willy Rioli and Lewis Jetta.

We are so pleased the students enjoyed their week and we look forward to continuing this partnership with the school!

Rise cultural experience

Rise recently employed an Aboriginal Employment Consultant. Charmaine 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.

NAIDOC Week 2018

Rise celebrates NAIDOC Week 2018

Rise had a wonderful week across Perth celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018.

We had stands at several community events, and we attended even more!

The theme for the week was “Because of her we can” and celebrated remarkable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Week ran from 8-15 July across the whole country.

NAIDOC Week 2018

The week started with football! Our Moorditj Mia group based in Koongamia were invited to a special lunch by Swan Districts Football Club. The group enjoyed a special lunch and guest speaker.

Moorditj Mia Coordinator Sherri Bagshaw said the ladies had a fabulous day out and were grateful to be invited.

It was a really great day. They got to sit in the sponsors box and watch the game after the lunch and they had front row seats.

On Tuesday, the Moorditj Mia group were involved with the City of Swan NAIDOC celebrations at Midland Oval. They had a range of artworks and creations on show, as well as information about what we provide.

Nearby, the Rise Youth team also had a stand! The team dolled out fake tattoos, spreading the word about tattoo safety. A giant Connect 4 set was a great way to engage youth people on the theme of the week. We got to chat about the women that have inspired them.

Deadly Jobs

At Ashfield Reserve, Rise took part in the Town of Bassendean’s celebrations for the first time. We had a stall inside the Deadly Jobs tent, engaging with potential workers about Rise. Our Aboriginal Employment Consultant Charmaine Bartlett said it was a wonderful day, with lots of meaningful conversations.

The Deadly Jobs Expo for NAIDOC Week was a great event and for Rise another success story.

Jobseekers and other community members received information and the opportunity to talk to some of the staff that represented Rise on the day.

In the southern suburbs, Our Moorditj Social Group attended the NAIDOC Week celebrations in Memorial Park. The group enjoyed the dancing, and delicious lunch provided. The weather even held out too!

Rise cultural experience

Rise recently employed an Aboriginal Employment Consultant. Charmaine 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.

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Rise Trainee a finalist in the WA Aged Care Awards

Rise is extra proud of one of our trainees, who a finalist in the WA Aged Care Awards!

Evan Cox has been nominated for the Trainee of the Year award.

This award recognises the awesome achievements of someone studying and working towards a qualification in the aged care sector.

Rise finalist in the WA Aged Care Awards

Rise has a great partnership with Health Training Australia (HTA) who matches trainees to Rise.

Evan started with Rise in October last year through HTA. He was officially employed by Rise in May at our southern community centre.

Evan had been in an office job for more than a decade and wanted a change so he could connect to people.

He said he was humbled by the award nomination

I mainly provide social support for male clients, but over the time I have spent with Rise, I also do domestic assistance, personal care, medications, transport and office administration.

I’m not really one to go around tooting my own horn but I do appreciate the fact that the extra effort I make to aid my clients in having a more fulfilling life, has been acknowledged.

Really to me, I’m just doing my job and I guess that when I look at it, my previous experience in retail customer service has a little to do with my high standard of customer service and care.

The future looks bright

For Evan, the future looks bright. Further study is on the cards, and he has a great career goal.

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

We have no doubt you will reach and smash your goals, Evan! We’ll all be cheering you on for the awards too.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Crown Perth on Friday 13 July.

Rise employment

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


Indigenous Support Network

Rise launches Indigenous Staff Support Network

Rise’s first Indigenous Staff Support Network forum has been hailed a success!

The forums are a new initiative of Rise to bring all our Indigenous workforce together.

Indigenous Staff Support Network

Indigenous staff from various programs and positions at Rise came together last week. The Leadership Group also joined in to celebrate the network kicking off.

The aim of the network is for our staff to support each other, celebrate days of significance, identify learning opportunities and provide advice on cultural issues.

Rise has set a target of 3% of the workforce being Indigenous, based on local populations, which we are meeting. However, as we keep growing we need to make sure we are retaining and attracting staff.

Forum feedback

Rise’s Aboriginal Employment Consultant Charmaine Bartlett said the first forum went down a treat!

It was great to bring all our Indigenous staff from across Perth together. The Indigenous staff that attended this forum actively participated in the discussion.

Feedback from the staff is that they were “very satisfied” with the content and the process for the day. They felt comfortable and that what they had to say was important to Rise. They welcomed this initiative and look forward to participating in further forums.

The network will meet four times a year, with the next forum to run in July. We can’t wait to hear more about this group and what they get up to!

Rise services

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

Rise Harmony Day

Rise celebrates Harmony Day across Perth

Rise has celebrated Harmony Day in style, coming together to share our different cultures.

Harmony Day

Australia celebrates Harmony Day on 21st March each year. It is a great chance to celebrate our multicultural country!

Since 1999, more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

At Rise, staff celebrated by sharing dishes that represented their culture!

Hamilton House is the base for our Youth and Mental Health teams. Here, staff shared Dutch cheese, Italian arancini and a South Africa milk tart and biltong. There was also a British sponge, Jaffa cakes and a pineapple and custard pudding from ye old country!

At our head office in Middle Swan, there was a feast of lamingtons and meat pies, plus special fried rice, choc chip buns from Zimbabwe and laddu from India.

Creative Arts by Rise in Warwick celebrated with an Aussie BBQ!

It was great to learn about different countries and some of their popular dishes.

Harmony Artwork

At Centenary House in Koongamia, our clients from the social centre and Moorditj Mia program took part in a fun art activity. Everyone used their hands to add to a colourful artwork. What a great representation of our diverse nation!

Harmony Day centenary

Rise diversity

Rise employs workers from more than 40 different countries! We are an inclusive workforce and value the different perspectives people with different backgrounds bring. For more information about employment at Rise click here.

abdi disability support worker

From Ethiopia to Rise disability support worker

Abdi is like a lot of young men – he loves sport and the beach.

But Abdi’s journey to being a disability support worker at Rise is a little bit different to most.

Abdi comes to Australia

Abdi was born and raised in Ethiopia, north eastern Africa. Two years ago, Abdi came to Australia through government sponsorship. He traveled to Perth by himself. No friends, no family. And no English language skills.

Can you imagine landing in a new country by yourself where you don’t speak a word of their language?

Abdi isn’t the sort to let that little challenge get in the way.

He learnt the language, to the point where he found a job advert in the paper for trainee support workers.

Abdi was taken on by Health Training Australia, who provides trainees to Rise. After he completed his traineeship, he was hired by Rise as a permanent staff member.

He now works in Jiemba House, which caters for people with a disability with challenging behaviours. He was one of a Rise staff nominated for 2017 WA Disability Support Award. The tennis and beach lover is also studying Biomedical Science at Edith Cowan University and he has purchased a house. Wow!

It was a bit of a shock and there’s a big cultural difference. But if you work hard nothing is impossible.

I like working with people who have special needs. Many people tend to think that it must take a great range of skills and super-human effort to be able to work with people with special needs.

The truth is that as long as you have a desire and commitment to assist and positive personal qualities such as compassion, determination, patience and understanding, this type of work does not necessarily require extraordinary communication skills.

When my clients are happy, it makes me instantly so happy. No matter what, their happiness puts a huge smile on my face.

Abdi impresses at Rise

Rise Team Leader Rebecca started working at Jiemba House in October, after Abdi did.

I had no idea that Abdi came to Australia so recently and didn’t even speak English. He has adapted so well. Abdi has a very calm nature and a positive, can do attitude.

His life experience has taught him to help others but to promote  independence where possible.

He has built a great rapport with clients and peers. Abdi is always looking to expand his knowledge and learn new skills to become the best possible support worker he can be.

Rise celebrating people

Rise is so happy to have Abdi working with us. He has overcome a lot of challenges in the past two years, and this is something a lot of clients can relate to. All the best with your future study goals!

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


Rise gardening team

Rise gardening team loves being outdoors

Despite our Rise gardening team growing quickly in the past six months, our gardeners have one thing in common.

They love being outdoors! We chatted to some of the team about their jobs.

Rise gardening team

Our gardening team now has more than 10 members. They help people maintain their gardens and homes in a safe condition.

Each morning the teams travel to their depot in Forrestfield, before heading out for the day.

Each day is different from the next, which is something Jodie enjoys.

Jodie joined Rise around seven months ago.

I’ve been in the plant industry all my life and I love it. Sometimes it is hard yakka but I love plants and gardening. And I’d rather do this than sit inside all day.

Jason also likes being outdoors.

I like helping people that need it. My dad is a gardener so I guess it runs in the family. I just love getting outside and helping out.

Rise gardening expands

Our gardening teams help aged care clients with:

  • sweeping, raking and blowing of paths and patios
  • shrub pruning
  • lawn mowing and whipper snipping
  • weeding and weed spraying
  • window cleaning (Exterior windows only)
  • minor maintenance of the property.

The Rise gardening team is expanding to help people in the northern suburbs. If you are aged 65+ and are eligible for help, please visit the website.

Dawn McAleenan

Youth Manager selected for Young Leaders program

Rises’s Youth Manager is honoured to be accepted to a young leaders program in WA.

Dawn McAleenan received a scholarship for the program recently.

Young Leaders program

The 2018 Emerging Leaders In Governance Program (ELGP) develops young professionals for Board leadership in the aged care and community sector.

The group will learn about board governance, sector knowledge and team work from an experienced leadership developer.

There were 20 people chosen to take part in 2018. Their careers vary widely from physiotherapy to insurance and engineering.

Dawn said she was honoured to be selected.

I am looking forward to learning more board governance and leadership in the sector, and working with people from lots of different backgrounds. I hope to build my knowledge and use these new skills to support Rise.

The program was launched with a breakfast on 7th February. We’re proud of you, Dawn!

We are also proud to be a community partner for this program.

Rise 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.