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baby shower table full of gifts and decorations

Rashmi showered in gifts

Project Coordinator Rashmi Kaushal is about to head off on maternity leave and in true Rise style, we couldn’t let her go without a celebration.

Delicious, food and drink, gifts and a beautiful cake lovingly made by our very own cake extraordinaire, Rose Svosve, were the order of the day. Rashmi had a wonderful time and would like to extend her warm thanks to everyone involved.

baby shower cake

Good luck and best wishes Rashmi!

Lotterywest funding helps Rise to prepare for critical incidents

In 2014, bush fires caused a critical incident for some of the people we support. The fires highlighted the need for plan which would help us to better manage incidents like this should they occur in the future. Valuable funding from Lotterywest has enabled us to develop and put in place this plan.

We manage a range of properties which provide valuable support in the Perth Hills and Eastern Suburbs – an area prone to bush fires. These include:

In January 2014, 56 homes were destroyed in the Parkerville fires. The fire was quickly classified as a critical incident, requiring the mass evacuation of five supported accommodation homes, two respite homes and a client (and her family) living in a home leased to her by us. Sadly, this home was destroyed.

The people in the supported accommodation and the respite homes could not be taken to the State evacuation centres as they had special requirements which are not met by these centres.

Whilst we were able to source accommodation, medication and bedding for these people, the mass evacuation highlighted that we could do it better to ensure everyone’s safety and to enable us to continue to support these people and our other clients during this period.

To achieve this, a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan was needed.

We researched funding that was available. Other than Lotterywest, there were no grants or funding available. Rise was incredibly fortunate to be able to seek and obtain partial funding from Lotterywest to create this plan.

This funding enabled us to engage a sector expert to develop the plan and we then were able to complete and hone the plan to meet the organisation’s requirements. The framework of the plan is currently being implemented, with an aim to have it in place by July 2016.

A huge thank you to Lotterywest for helping make this happen and for helping ensure the safety of the people in the Eastern suburbs and Perth Hills in the event of another fire or disaster.

Rise Annual General Meeting 2015

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Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) Breakfast Celebration was held at Helen’s Place on a Friday, 30 October 2015.

We’ll need a bigger venue next year if attendance at the AGM continues to Rise – it was almost standing room only. While I like to think it was the promise of a compelling speech (!), I suspect it was because people know the AGM team deliver an entertaining event, with great catering, new information and a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues.

L-R: Rise Deputy Chair Alf Lay and Board Chair Dr. Anna Alderson

L-R: Rise Deputy Chair Alf Lay and Board Chair Dr. Anna Alderson

Congratulations to all involved – the upbeat, fun breakfast, expertly MCd by Rise newly appointed Deputy Board Chair Alf Lay – part board member/part stand-up comedian – reflects the optimistic and enthusiastic approach all our staff and volunteers show!

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Part of the fun- a polaroid photo booth!

To view photos from the day, visit our AGM Photo Album here.

Justine Colyer, CEO 

Your Invitation to Rise’s 2015 Breakfast Annual General Meeting

Please join us at our next BREAKFAST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, celebrating our achievements during 2014 to 2015. Time, Day & Date: 8am, Friday 30 October 2015 Location: Helen’s Place, 12 Leslie Road, Middle Swan WA Transport can be booked from Wahroonga, 2 Craig Street, Mundaring...

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New Brand of Leadership at Rise: Emerging Leaders Group

L-R: Diana Richards, Fiona Durrant, Debbie Armstead, Dawn McAleenan and Tony Green

L-R: Diana Richards, Fiona Durrant, Debbie Armstead, Dawn McAleenan and Tony Green

We are excited to announce that a new group called the Emerging Leaders Group (ELG) has been created to provide leadership development opportunities for Program and Operational Managers (POMs).

The Leadership Group has backed this initiative to develop leadership capabilities within the organisation. Members of the POMs group can opt in at any time and take advantage of the opportunity to develop leadership skills and capabilities.

The current participants are:

  • Andrea Kelly and Debbie Armstead from the Aged Care division
  • Dawn McAleenan from the Youth Division
  • Fiona Durrant from Human Resources
  • Martin Johnson from the Business Development division
  • Tony Green from the Property division
  • Diana Richards from the Project Management Office

There will be more updates to come from the ELG, which we will be sure to keep you updated on.

Rise and Disability Services Commission (DSC) to Facilitate New Project

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Do you support people who sometimes display behaviour that can be seen as challenging?

If so then you maybe interested in a new project facilitated by Rise and Disability Services Commission (DSC) to develop the Disability Sector’s capacity to respond to this challenging behaviour (crisis events).

This project aims to invite the Disability Sector to become involved in workshops across various levels. We have envisioned the following four levels –

  1. CEO Level
  2. Behaviour Support Consultants and Allied Health Professionals Level
  3. Program Managers level
  4. Support Workers level.

Post these sessions with the disabilities sector; an exploration group will be formed to develop strategies to respond to crisis events using positive behaviour support.

Rise wants to take this opportunity to invite Disability Sector Organisations to be part of the change and participate wholeheartedly to help create the crisis response strategies.

For more information on the project goal, scope, outcomes and methodology please click here.

Rise Business Development’s Team Planning Day


The Business Development team celebrated the end of the financial year with a Team Planning Day on a glorious Friday in East Fremantle.

Sean, Diana, Rashmi and I were excited about the day, as it was the first time we planned such an event together.

For starters, we picked a fabulous location, away from the office called “A Place to Just Be”. Wrapped in lush green foliage, our peaceful surroundings (complete with a koi pond) was just what we needed to get our creative juices flowing for a dynamic day of planning. A bonus? We had the place ALL to ourselves.

So what did we do all day you ask? Mapping our future plans and getting to know the team even better were the objectives of the day. Our agenda was packed with a good balance of serious let’s-get-some-planning-work-done and entertaining team building activities.

After completing a thorough SWOT analysis, two interesting personality tests which taught us more about each other, working out our Team Culture and Team Vision and sharing our experiences at Rise (the good and the awkward)- we rewarded ourselves with a yummy late luncheon at The Left Bank. Being the foodies we are, there’s nothing like ending a Team Planning Day with deep fried seafood, meaty pizza and lovely views of Freo’s coast!


L-R: Diana Richards, Rashmi Kaushal, Elsa Samuel and Sean Loke

Like a well oiled machine, the day was truly a team effort; right from planning the team building activities to ensuring we picked a great location – so thank you everyone for making the day super productive as well as fun.

We are looking forward to smashing the next year ahead and achieving greater things for Rise.

Elsa Samuel
Communications and Marketing Officer

Rise Accommodation Strategic Plan partially funded by Lotterywest Grants- Completed and Endorsed!


Please join the Project Management Office in celebrating the completion of the Rise Accommodation Strategic Plan!

A big thank you to Lotterywest Grants for partially funding the plan and to everyone who took part in the project. The plan has now been handed over to Simon Robbins, Manager Corporate Services, who will use it to plan for our office accommodation needs going forward.

On a different note, the project to implement the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Plan has begun. The implementation project has been endorsed by both Board and Leadership Group, with new faces to join the team in coming months including an IT Project Lead Manager and a Records Management Officer.

These new team members will help us rollout the ICT plan over the next 3 to 4 years to improve our connections with the people we support, staff working in the community and those in our office sites.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Project Management Office at 6274 3700 or Diana.Richards@risenetwork.com.au

Diana Richards
Manager Project Management Office

ICT Plan Completed and Endorsed!


The Project Management Office is proud to announce that the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Plan has now been completed, with the Board approving the ICT Plan late April.

Many thanks to everyone who has been involved in preparing this project .

Work has already commenced on a new project to implement the plan. This project will see Rise going on a very collaborative 3 to 4 year journey as we put in place a well-developed Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system and advanced Information/ Records Management system.


These new systems aim to provide with good access to information needed for their work, including remote access without them having to travel to get to a work computer.

The overall outcome will be replacing current clunky systems and processes with ones that will provide Rise with higher quality information and tighter communication networks that will in turn deliver better and more responsive services to the community and people Rise supports.

If you have any questions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact the Project Management Office at 6274 3700.

Diana Richards
Manager Project Management Office

Brand NEW Pilot Project: A Hi-Tech Toy Library


Rise is currently piloting a new High-Tech Toy Library for the people we support. The project stems from a Risinnovation idea submitted by Glenys Serslev last year- more here.

The High-Tech Toy Library is not your typical library of books, but as it’s name suggests, features high-tech toys instead. Currently, the library has two toys: A portable karaoke machine and the latest Wii.

The karaoke machine, is not just for singing your heart out, you can also can also watch movies and play games as well- making it the perfect all-in-one entertainment unit. The second toy, the super cool gaming Console – Wii comes with a number of fun games.

With the High-Tech Toy Library, Rise aims to provide to the people we support with in-house entertainment- a great means to have interactive social gatherings, avenues to learn new skills and increase social interaction.

The pilot is designed to test the waters, before we go ahead with a full fledged High-Tech Toy Library offering an extensive range of interesting toys to a wider base of people.

We will share feedback from our clients, and will keep you posted on the results!

To find out more about this library, contact Rise Project Coordinator Rashmi Kaushal at 6274 3796.