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Rise staff and volunteers get into the festive spirit

Christmas chocolate in bag with red label attached giving best wishes from Justine ColyerThe Rise Christmas party was held in early December and it was a real hit, attended by 145 Staff, volunteers and partners.

The event was hosted at the very beautiful ball room of the Mandoon Estate in Caversham. The ball room was decorated in Christmas themed colours of red, white and silver. Each table was decorated with a bouquet of roses, bonbons and even a chocolate Santa!

Table dressed with decorations and serving places

Justine Colyer made a very heart warming speech where she thanked the staff and volunteers for their commitment and care over the past year which has made a difference to so many people accessing our services.

Table of Rise staff and volunteers turning to look at the camera with other tables in the background

The entertainment for the event was simply mystic with Matt Swift performing a magic show. His tricks were amazing; he wowed guests by bending spoons, reproducing rabbits and by making a table float in the air!

Man stands over woman whilst she is sitting at a table. He is performing a magic trick and she has a look of amazement on her face

It was a fun filled evening with lots of delicious food, smiles and laughter.

The event was arranged by the Social Club – on behalf of everyone who attended, a big thanks to them for a great event!

View the gallery of photographs for the event here.

Dawn McAleenan

Program Manager – Youth

The latest Peer Work Course comes to a successful end

Peer Work Course participants and facilitators standing in front of Rise banner

Peer Work Course Graduates: Back row: Craig, Margaret (MIFWA Facilitator), Madeline, Alison, Michelle, Ali, Anthony. Front row: Evie, Paula, Laura, Michael (Rise Facilitator)

Rise Mental Health Services held the last Peer Work Course for 2015 throughout October and November.

The Introduction to Peer Work 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. The course was run over six weeks and topics covered include:

  • Recovery principles
  • Understanding mental illness
  • Workplace communication and culture
  • The peer worker-client relationship
  • Stigma around mental illness
  • Sharing your experience safely

10 participants completed the course this round and all gave positive feedback about their experience, with many expressing an interest in taking up volunteer opportunities or further study in the area. One participant summed it up by reporting that the course was “exactly what I’ve always wanted to do and aspire to be… it has literally guided me out of the rut I was in and into a prosperous future”. Rise hopes that all participants will use their new skills, knowledge and understanding to pursue opportunities in the mental health sector.

Rise would like to thank the Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA) for their ongoing support of course delivery in 2015. The course facilitators, Michael Akkermans (Rise) and Margaret Emmelhainz (MIFWA) were complimented by all participants on their professionalism, friendly and approachable nature and vast knowledge of the topics.

If you are interested in next year’s Introduction to Peer Work Course, register your interest at contactMH@risenetwork.com.au to attend the Information Session. More information about the course can be found here.

Volunteer breakfast celebration

Rise staff holding up pieces of paper with the letters spelling 'THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS'To reward and celebrate our volunteers, and to coincide with International Volunteer Day, Rise hosted a lovely breakfast at the Mundaring Dome on the morning of 27 November.

Laughter, stories and delicious food was shared amongst volunteers and staff who work alongside them.

Selection of images from volunteer breakfast. Includes volunteers being presented with rewards and enjoying breakfast together

On behalf of the people we support and all of our staff I would like to personally thank all of our wonderful and committed volunteers for their smiles and efforts, you add a value to our programs that money can’t match.

We look forward to many more stories!

Natasha Zeplin, HR Officer  

A warm welcome to our new volunteers!

flowers at either corner and the word 'welcome' in the centre on a white checked background

Rise would like to extend a warm welcome to some new volunteers who have joined the team recently. They are:

  • Florence Allen – Activity Assistant
  • Kathy Greenwood – Activity Assistant
  • Kerry Miller – Activity Assistant
  • Stewart Corcoran – Peer Support Course Volunteer

If you have any questions about Volunteering at Rise please contact Natasha on 6274 3700 or email Natasha.Zeplin@risenetwork.com.au.

Stratton Youth Centre gets a makeover thanks to Bridgestone

Bridgestone volunteers and Rise staff outside grafetti wall at Stratton Youth CentreRise was very excited to host the local Bridgestone Resources team at our Youth Centre in Stratton for a corporate volunteer day at the end of October.

Bridgestone’s corporate team eagerly participated in painting and furniture building competitions throughout the day to transform the centre into a fresh and interactive space for young people.

The walls were given a fresh coat of white paint and the centre now has a feature wall which is a black chalkboard. The young people absolutely love the new interactive chalkboard where they can express their creative side through drawing!

On behalf of the youth that are able to enjoy this fresh new space and the team at Rise, we thank Bridgestone for their energy and donation of the paint needed to complete the tasks. We look forward to working with you again soon!

Natasha Zeplin, Volunteer Coordinator, Dawn McAleenan, Youth Program Manager & Christopher Paull, Youth Outreach Officer

Rise Annual General Meeting 2015

Rise AGM 2015 (9)

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!

Rise AGM 2015 (23)

Part of the fun- a polaroid photo booth!

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

Justine Colyer, CEO 

BHP Billiton Corporate Volunteer Day at Kira House

The team from BHP and Rise staff at Kira House

The team from BHP and Rise staff at Kira House

The Integrated Operations Mines team from BHP Billiton Iron Ore joined the Rise Youth team at our Young Women’s refuge, Kira House, for a Corporate Volunteer Day in October.

After months of planning and designing the project was a complete success, assisting in the transformation of Kira House into a more welcoming and homely environment. With the help of 13 Integrated Operations Mines employees, the whole house was painted and flat packed furniture assembled. It wasn’t only their valuable time that was donated to the project, the team raised money to fund the entire project.

A special thank you to Garth Walter, from the Integrated Operations Mines team, who was able to arrange a special donation of paint from Taubmans for the project which enabled more funds to be spent on new furniture for the home.

The day was full of laughter with three challenges across the afternoon. The painting challenge saw one team apply, what felt like 10 coats of paint to a room; a flat pack furniture challenge which tested a lot of patience and a baby (toy) change challenge which tested the teams ability to change a nappy, dress and swaddle the baby.

BHP staff get involved with challenges

BHP staff get involved with challenges

On behalf of the residents and staff at Kira House and the entire Rise team, we would like to thank the Integrated Operations Mines team for their generosity, enthusiasm and energy towards our project! We look forward to working with you again in the future. To view more photos from the day, visit our Photo Album here.


Natasha Zeplin, HR Officer and Penny Webb, Divisional Manager Mental Health & Youth

International Volunteer Day Breakfast

Volunteer Breakfast invitationInternational Volunteer Day is celebrated on 5 December and here at Rise we would like to say thank you to our volunteers by hosting a breakfast.

On Friday 27 November from 8am – 10am, we will be meeting at the Dome in Mundaring for our volunteers to come and enjoy some delicious food.

Download your invitation here or to RSVP, please contact Tash on 6274 3723 or email Natasha.zeplin@risenetwork.com.au.

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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Volunteer Update: A Quick Catch Up, New Volunteers and International Volunteer’s Day


On Friday, 18 September I caught up with a few of our volunteers at Wahroonga to see how they are going in their respective roles. It was a great session and there was plenty of positive feedback, along with new volunteer referrals from their family and friends. Thank you to everyone who attended and gave feedback and stories to the Rise Volunteer Program.

International Volunteer Day Breakfast

I’m also excited to announce that Rise will be hosting the International Volunteer Day Breakfast at Mundaring Dome this year. The date is yet to be confirmed but I will inform all our volunteers closer to the date.

New Volunteers

On behalf of Rise, I would like to also welcome some new volunteers who have joined the team recently.

  • Vera Aspinall – Bus Assistant
  • Trevor Harrison – Aged Care Driver
  • Anna Jorgnsen – Aged Care Day Centre Assistant
  • Sarah Bogdanich – Aged Care Driver

If you have any questions about Volunteering at Rise please contact myself (Natasha) on 6274 3700 or email Natasha.Zeplin@risenetwork.com.au.

Natasha Zeplin
Volunteer Coordinator