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Climate Clever Initiative!

Rise was delighted to receive a grant from Lotterywest to progress a new initiative to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of utilities for people on lower incomes.  It is a unique project between Not For Profit’s who provide services to tenants, a financial counselling services and social enterprise, Climate Clever.

Check out the video below to learn more:

Potential users and staff members will shortly be coming together to design and test the app and the technology to be used in the project to make sure it is user friendly and fit for purpose.

Disability Services

Disability Rights Report 2019

Rise endorses a recent report which seeks to address some long-standing injustices against people with disability in our society.  It particularly supports standards for more accessible housing and transport, ending the very high rate of people with disability in prison and much better involvement of people with disability in all areas of decision making that affect them.  We ask our colleagues and supporters to throw their weight behind supporting the basic human rights in this report.


Why the report

Australia joined the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008 and has agreed to protect and promote the rights of people with disability.

Australia reports to the United Nations (UN) what it has achieved every 4 four years. The report is reviewed by independent experts. Representative organisations can also report to the UN to help the Committee review Australia.  This report is known as a civil society Shadow Report.

The report gives the perspectives and priorities of people with disability. It provides information on the extent to which Australia has implemented its obligations and provides recommendations for future action by the Australian Government.

You can read the report here.

Rise disability services

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

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.

homelessness lynwood high

Students learn about homelessness

Year 12 students at Lynwood Senior High School have been learning about homelessness.

The Rise Youth Team dropped by recently to address the class.

Students learn about homelessness

The school is taking part in a Social Impact ‘Shark Tank’. This program helps students develop a greater understanding of the world around them.

The students chose to look at the topic of homelessness. Rise was asked to be a guest speaker given our work in the area.

Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan and student Tayla Webb gave the students an overview of barriers to accomodation. Here are some of the key facts they presented:

  • Young people aged 12-25 years are the highest group of homeless people, accounting for 32% of the total homeless population
  • One quarter of young people have experienced out of home care
  • The majority of homeless young people are hidden, meaning they are more likely to be couch surfing.

Dawn said this is a very important topic for young people.

At Kira House we support a number of young people that are homeless each year. This is no surprise given family and domestic violence is the major reason this group of young women become homeless in the first place.

Sometimes all it takes is a little extra support for someone to get over the curve balls life throws.

We see every day the resilience of these young women and the success they continue to make in their lives which is nothing less than inspirational.

Homelessness project

As part of the students’ learning, they will develop projects which could be good solutions to homelessness.

Dawn will return in two months to hear the ideas they have worked on.

Rise is proud to be part of this project and inspire the next generation of social change makers. We look forward to hearing what they come up with!

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.

Town of Cambridge

Rise takes on Town of Cambridge HACC services

Cambridge Council has selected Rise as its preferred provider to deliver Home and Community Care (HACC) services to Cambridge residents! Rise will deliver these services from 1st July 2018.

Town of Cambridge

The Western Australian Department of Health and the Town of Cambridge jointly awarded the contract to Rise. This followed the Town’s recent decision to transition out of HACC services.

Late last year an Expression of Interest (EOI) was issued to find a suitable north metropolitan HACC provider to deliver aged care services to seniors in the Town of Cambridge.

Rise were one of twelve organisations that responded. We underwent a thorough selection process prior to selection.

Town of Cambridge Community Development Director Cam Robbins said entrusting the delivery of these services to another organisation was a tough decision.

The Town will now work with Rise to develop a seamless transition strategy for both clients and staff and focus on continuity of high quality care for our HACC clients.

Wembley Community Centre

The Town has arranged a licence agreement for Rise to use the Wembley Community Centre. This is the Town’s day centre which offers social events, outings and group activities for seniors.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer said Rise wouldn’t be making any changes to the location or the delivery of current services.

We had our first meeting with staff recently. Rise will be doing everything we can to welcome and support the Town of Cambridge staff as they join the Rise team.

We will continue to use the Wembley Community Centre for activities. It is important that seniors have a friendly and familiar place to meet and socialise. We want minimal disruption for our guests.

Rise has undertaken a number of similar service transitions with other local government authorities and not for profit organisations. We have a well-developed road map for ensuring a smooth transition process in the lead up to 1 July 2018 transition date.

For more information visit www.risenetwork.com.au

Rise rocks a Youth Week event at Stratton

A Youth Week event at Stratton has been hailed a huge success!

Rise ran a fun event at Stratton Edge Youth Centre to celebrate Youth Week.

Youth Week event

The event bought together lots of different activities for young people. There was a photo booth, giant games and a bouncy castle.

A sausage sizzle kept the troops full! That gave them lots of energy for tug of war, cricket and table tennis provided by WAPCYC.

Later in the day, Freestyle Now came down to run a skatepark workshop. The young people got to learn a whole new range of tricks!

Youth week event

Thanks to our partners

Away from the physical action, we also had several partner organisations involved in providing great information. City of Swan was our co-host for the event.

We’d also like to mention YACWA’s YEP Crew who ran a workshop on sexual health. Alongside this fun bunch, WA Aids Council had a fun snakes and ladders game!

A big thanks also to Shire of Mundaring’s Midvale Hub Parenting Service. It’s only when people come together that we can offer such a fun day out for our young people.

yep crew youth week event

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.

neyon lgbti

NEYON focuses on LGBTI issues

The Rise youth team has been learning how to better support and understand young people that identify as LGBTI through NEYON.

NEYON meeting

NEYON is the North East Youth Organisations Network. It is a group of providers in the area who come together regularly.

A recent meeting focused on LGBTI.

There were representatives from Parkerville Children and Youth Care, City of Swan, Indigo Junction, The Smith Family and Rise there.

Katie from Inclusive Education WA did a workshop on sex, gender and sexuality. This oversight gave youth workers an understanding of the diversity within the LGBTI community and the language used by young people.

Emily, who has just started at Rise in Youth Services delivered on Same-Sex Attracted Intersex Gender Diverse (SSAIGD) Youth.

The session included a brief overview of what it means to be a young person under the umbrella of SSAIGD, as well as information and strategies on how to run inclusive services and address the specific needs of this community.

Rise Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan said it was an awesome day.

NEYON is a great network to meet new people in the youth sector and to learn about sector development, trends and best practice.

This NEYON meeting definitely delivered on this expectation, the two speakers were amazing and the content was contemporary.

It really drilled down into how youth services can better meet the needs of the LGBTI community and provide inclusive services.

Dawn encourages anyone interested in youth work who wants to make more connections in the sector to engage with NEYON. You can sign up to the website at www.neyon.com.au and you will receive invites to future meetings.

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.

girls academy

Girls Academy teams up with Rise

Students from the Girls Academy at a local primary school have teamed up with Rise!

The group from Challis Primary School have connected with out Moorditj Social program in Armadale – the start of a great new partnership!

Girls Academy

Girls Academy is an innovative national program working towards better education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

It is focused on creating strong and educated young women. The aim is to increase school attendance, advance academic and personal achievement, improve graduation rates and facilitate post-school transitions.

The program is usually for young women in high school. The Challis program is the first for primary school children!

Program Manager Shantelle Cox said this was the second year in action.

Girls Academy is for girls in Years 4 to 6 and we have 20 girls involved this year. We have a designated Academy classroom that is open at recess and lunch.

Each day we have different activities such as team building, homework help, drum beat and we work on building self esteem.

We also have guest speakers, like students from Curtin University who come in and talk about different career and study paths with the girls.

As part of the program the Girls Academy have connected with Rise’s Moorditj Social Program. Our social program caters for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It’s a place to come together, go on outings and take part in arts and crafts!

On their first visit to Rise, the girls enjoyed lunch (and ice cream!) before looking at some of the great artwork by our members. The girls loved seeing all the different things we’ve created such as quilt covers, cushion pins and more. Being in the local area they had some connections with our members.

It was a great morning and we’re looking forward to the next visit!

Rise aged care services

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

liam Curtin student

Curtin student surprised by breadth of Rise services

A Curtin student on placement at Rise has been pleasantly surprised by the breadth of services offered.

Curtin student placement at Rise

Liam Heneghan is a third year social work student. He has been completing his placement at Creative Arts by Rise in Warwick. This is the first time we’ve had a tertiary student for a long time! Liam said he was enjoying his first few weeks settling in.

Social work draws on a number of different disciplines. The course focuses on how people understand each other and the interactions between people, their communities and society.

I’ve been getting to know the clients and their stories. Each person is different, with different goals and challenges. I’m trying to understand where they are at, and what they want to gain.

Surprised by Rise

Liam has future plans to run his own non-for-profit organisation! He said the experience at Rise had been really interesting and challenged his perceptions.

I’m surprised by the work being done here. It is a lot more free-formed than I thought it would be.

But I’ve found that to be really good, because it gives the clients the opportunity to focus on things that they like.

And that means they can really gain confidence. There’s more than what’s just on the surface with the programs.

Rise is fortunate to have Liam on board for the next few months!

Rise Creative Arts

Creative Arts by Rise, formerly Creative And Therapy Activities, is based in Warwick. Numerous activities are held here. These include:

  • Painting
  • Woodwork
  • Knitting
  • Pottery
  • Excursions

Creative Arts by Rise can be contacted on 9448 8804.