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Lights… action… camera!

One group of young people have recently had the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera at one of Rise’s social centres.

Making movies

Thanks to a Rise volunteer Hadrian Fuller, a group of young people with disability have been participating in making a film over the last four months at Peter Anderton, one of Rise’s social centres.

The group participated in various workshops on aspects of film making including acting and mask making. They then developed and acted in their own short film dealing with looking for a long lost friend.

They even created their own music track for the film.

Hadrian, who has his own media business, visited the centre on a weekly basis and filmed the whole process.

I’ve been blown away by their enthusiasm and talent. They drove the whole project – I was just there to help

When we visited to see the process, we walked into a music session that had our toes tapping. This group knows how to have fun!

Opening night

The project is coming to an end soon and Rise Youth Program Planner at Peter Anderton, Zoe Wood, is keen to launch the film by holding a screening for families and friends.

If anyone can offer a venue with a big screen, please get in touch.

We may even need to rustle up a red carpet!

Rise supporting people

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

NDIS psychosocial roundtable

Rise clients help inform NDIS psychosocial support

Rise clients have played a big part in helping to design NDIS psychosocial support for people around the country.

Three of our Psychosocial NDIS participants were invited to take part in a workshop at Duxton Hotel in Perth.

NDIS psychosocial workshop

Graeme, Ian and Saul took part in the NDIS round table. It was run by the National NDIS. The aim is to use the feedback from the workshop to design new protocols for people with psychosocial disability to access NDIS funding.

Rise Mental Health Coordinators Nina and Emma went along too. Nina said it was a fantastic day out.

We turned up and had valet parking, plus they put on a great lunch, so everyone felt like royalty! But the real reason our clients were there was to give their feedback. And it was great for them to be heard, and to help others in the future.

It was made clear to us that the feedback would be taken on board and used to roll out a national program. Everyone went home feeling really valued and useful.

It’s wonderful for our people to be valued and their opinion heard. What a great day out!

Rise mental health services

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


Image of attendees at the Nobel House garden, with their hands up excited for their new garden makeover.

Nobel House gives thanks to CBRE Cares make over project

Did you know, CBRE recently made over Nobel and Pioneer Disability home gardens?

Last month, we posted an article about CBRE (the world’s largest real estate company), who have a fabulous philanthropic mission to support the wider community.

Nobel House celebrates garden makeover

On Friday 9th December, Nobel House hosted an official opening event for the garden on a beautiful summers day. The garden looked picturesque and the chooks were very happy with their new home.

Image of new garden, accessible wooden walkway and flowerbeds

Attendees included residents, guests, their families and support workers. Justin O’Meara Smith (Divisional Manager, People with Disability at Rise) also came to give thanks to Emma Walsh at CBRE who organised the volunteers and makeover. CBRE’s Managing Director Lloyd Jenkins was also in attendance.

Justin O’Meara Smith commented

Rise have been providing services for 30 years. But, what has happened at Nobel goes well beyond what we can provide ourselves. We recognise and thank the staff at CBRE. We thank the leadership of Lloyd and the hard efforts and amazing talents of Emma. Also, the 100 odd staff that came to help us.

The makeover was also a great opportunity for the residents and guests at Nobel House to be involved in a project too. This demonstrates exactly what a person with disability is capable of, and we are very proud.

Check our Jarrod below – who took an active role and interest throughout the Nobel House garden transformation. He was a fabulous helper!

Image of Jarrod with his thumbs up in the new nobel house garden


In our appreciate, we awarded CBRE with some certificates of appreciate for all the volunteers, and this trophy!

Image of Justin O'Meara Smith handing Emma Walsh of CBRE the appreciation trophy.

Emma Walsh, from CBRE commented,

Thank you for trusting us, and allowing CBRE to come in and makeover your gardens. Also, for the incredible hospitality of Dasher at Rise. A lot of our staff have never encountered working with people with disabilities before. However, it was such a moving experience. We actually took more from the project than we gave, working with such an awesome team. On behalf of CBRE, thank you for you what do for our community.

Dasher and her team did a great job on hosting the event, with lots of food, drinks and family photographs to celebrate our new garden.

Once again, many thanks CBRE from everyone at Rise Community Network.

How can your company help Rise?

You may wish to support our youth program to empower young people. Or help our people with disability become more independent.

If you are interested in supporting Rise in a similar capacity to CBRE, click here for more information.

The Shire of Kalamunda’s transition of NDIS services to Rise

The Shire of Kalamunda runs the Peter Anderton Centre, which offers a range of support to clients over many years. On 28 November 2016, the Shire decided to transition its NDIS services for people with disability provided at the Peter Anderton Centre to Rise.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said,

We want the best for our people with a disability, and we’re conscious of the impact transitioning clients to the NDIS environment has had. It makes more sense to have a dedicated, fully resourced and leading service provider, like Rise, with significant exposure and experience in delivery NDIS programs, to do this.

Rise works in partnership with The Shire of Kalamunda

The opportunity for Rise to assist running the group activities for people with disability, means that the clients can continue to access the Peter Anderton Centre with familiar faces, as part of their activities. There is also the opportunity for these people to use their NDIS funding to make exciting new choices, due to our new involvement.

Justin O’Meara Smith, Divisional Manger – People with Disability at Rise stated,

Rise hopes to continue the good work provided by the Shire. We will focus on meeting with the people and families they have supported for many years. Our intention is to listen and learn about what is important to them.

Rise are looking forward to this new and highly rewarding opportunity, which has been made available through the NDIS

Rise NDIS Services

To find out more about our NDIS Services, check out our dedicated webpage.

Image of the astroboys in their wheelchair, covered in purple, green and yellow coloured powder.

Team Astroboy get colourful at Perth’s Color Run

The Happiest5k on the planet!

The Color Run was founded in the USA in March 2011, to promote healthiness, happiness and individuality. There are only two rules

  1. Wear white at the starting line
  2. Finish plastered in colour!

Astroboys participation

Our dedicated support workers took the time over the weekend, to treat our “Astroboys” to an action-packed day, of throwing colourful powders at each other!

Amanda, their team leader commented.

It was awesome. The boys especially enjoyed the part where they got to high five the other participants. They really got into the spirit of things, and smiled the whole way. However, it did take 4 hours to clean the wheelchairs afterwards, as they were covered in colourful paint!

See the video here!

Rise are delighted the boys enjoyed their day, and proud we are able to offer them “a welcoming place to belong” as one of our new values!

How can we support you?

Click here to find out how Rise can support you further with our NDIS services.  

Image or Rise Clients smiling at the camera in a big field. The text read, "In Your Neighbourhood" - "Rise NDIS".

Information for you about NDIS funding in WA

The Disability Services Commission has been planning local, individualised plan-based funding for several years. Next year, in 2017 the Commission will be ready to roll into this scheme.

This change means that the NDIS will no longer operate funding based on just past budget allocations. It will move in a direction where funding is based on an individuals assessment of needs.

Currently, this change does not affect people from Rise who are in the NDIS Perth Hills trial or the WA NDIS trial in Cockburn-Kwinana.

Key NDIS dates and area trials:

  • From 1st October 2016, the WA NDIS will continue in Cockburn and Kwinana. It will expand into areas of Armadale, Murray, and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
  • From 1st January 2017, the National Disability Insurance Agency will continue in Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring. It will expand its trial to include Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, York and Northam.
  • Both of these trials will be extended until 30 June 2017.
  • The full WA NDIS roll out will be announced in October 2016.
  • Rise will keep you informed about the progress of NDIS as they develop.

If you have any queries or would like to learn more, please check the information links below:

NDIS Further Information

Please contact@risenetwork.com.au or by phone on (08) 6274 3700

You can also find further information about NDIS here.

Read Akesa’s story about how NDIS funding allowed her to live a more active and enjoyable life.

Image of fundraiser Chris in a wheelchair outside. Next to him is a BBQ with some local councillors. They are dressed in all blue, with funny fancy dress items, like a feather boa and giant wigs/hats

Chris breaks down disability barriers by organising “Big Aussie Barbie” for PCFA

Chris has cerebral palsy and has been inspiring people far and wide by breaking down disability barriers. This week, he organised an amazing event “Big Aussie Barbie” in support of PCFA (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia). Did you know more than 3000 men die of prostate cancer in Australia every year?

Event Preparations

Amanda O’Brien (Team Leader People with Disability Services) and his amazing team of support workers, have worked tirelessly to make this event a success!

They helped to put the plans in place and visited the local supermarkets to get food donated for the big day. Amanda supported Chris to write emails inviting the local press. He even sourced all the raffle prizes, and put together a music playlist for the day!

Collage of images from Chris's BBQ, including him making a speech.

The Big Aussie BBQ

Rise were delighted to see so many staff, clients and friends come together to help realise Chris’s fundraising dreams. Even the wet weather couldn’t put us off!

The Deputy Mayor, Dave Lucas and Local Councillor, Patty Williams also attended, and were truly inspired by his efforts.

Chris made a heartfelt speech on the day which he wrote himself,

It’s not often people with disability get opportunities like this. This is a very worthy cause and a good excuse to come together for a BBQ. Special thanks to Amanda who has helped me the most

Help Chris Fund raise!

You can help Chris reach his target by donating here

Find out more about Rise’s NDIS Services

Computer skills workshop

NDIS Market Day and Rise’s Computer Workshops

This week, our Mental Health Team attended the NDIS Perth Hills Trial Site Market Day held at the Midland NDIA office. This day welcomed many Psychiatric Hostel residents and many NDIS clients from a number of different service providers in the trial area.

We had a booth at the Market Day along with many other organisations promoting community groups and wellness. We used our booth to promote our fortnightly Basic Computer Use Workshops and the services Rise provides to all of our amazing clients.  This course is going to be a real help for people who are supported through the NDIS, as they will now need to be able to access their plan and supports through the NDIS MyPlace website and portal.

The day was fun packed with lots of information, food, free pre loved clothing and activities such as hand massages, meditation and sewing!

Bethany Comley, Peer Support Worker

Exciting times, as our Cockburn Office construction kicks-off!

Construction 2

Some one having fun with a sledge hammer! Demolition has commenced.

As I am sure you are aware Rise, with the aid of LotteryWest, have purchased new premises in Cockburn.  This office will become a base for Rise services (particularly NDIS-WA) in the surrounding areas as well as offer a base for complementing service providers to operate.  After what seems like a lifetime it’s great to see that work has finally commenced on its construction and fit-out.

We are looking at completing this project in approximately two months,  and in the meantime, I will provide updates of the progress.

Service has already commenced in the area, so if you believe we can assist you, please call Sarah Patterson on 6274 3700.

Simon Robbins – Corporate Services

Constructin 3

‘What no office!?’ Demolition complete and concrete cutting 50% complete.

Ashley’s trike tour dream came true!

Ashley's Trike Ride

Ashley is 26 years of age and was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 16.  Ashley lives as part of a home at Rise with a bunch of other people and gets out and about in his community… but this day he had the joy ride of his life.

It was Ashley’s lifelong dream to ride a trike, and his dream was realised this month thanks to the Swan Valley Trike Tours and Rise.

“It was the best day ever, great riding…” said Ashley.


“Ashley’s smile was priceless, it really was a ride of a lifetime made possible by Pete from Swan Valley Trike Tours.” said Mandy O’Brien his support worker.

We look to the future with a smile of what we could be.

It’s a great journey to continue.