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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.

LGBTI Awareness Training

Opening closets & celebrating people

Almost half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination.

LGBTI Awareness Training

This is one of the facts Katherine and Stevie from Living Proud explained at the recent LGBTI Awareness Training. The training provides Rise staff with valuable information to ensure we provide an inclusive community that supports everyone.

LGBTI Awareness Training

We don’t have to be bound by societies constructs about what we should and shouldn’t be.

Now public perception has shifted and it’s lovely that people want to celebrate with us. There are still struggles but it’s nice people are finding the positives and want to celebrate with us.

LGBTI Awareness Training

Stevie has devoted a lot of time to community service at Living Proud, The Freedom Centre and Lifeline.

People can be a bit scared and getting the information can break down barriers so they are equipped to provide a service that’s more inclusive.

LGBTI Awareness TrainingDo you know what Cisgender means?

A person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.

Language plays an important role in supporting the LGBTI community. Katherine and Stevie explained the meaning of different words and the importance of using inclusive language that is respectful to how people describe their own bodies, gender and relationships.

Organisations are starting to realise some of their clients and staff are LGBTI. It’s important that their services are inclusive and individuals can be their whole self at work.

Rise services

Rise celebrates people from all walks of life. We provide support services for aged care, disability, mental health and youth. Find out more on this link.


Employment of People with Disability Initiative

A new and exciting initiative is underway

Several Not for Profit disability service organisations are developing ways to increase the meaningful and sustainable employment of people with disability into their workforce.

It has often been perceived as too difficult to employ a person with a disability, however the organisations in this pilot are now embarking on the journey to dispel this myth and are working collaboratively to genuinely challenge this and prove that it can be achieved and is a worthwhile venture.

Expressions of Interest

We are now seeking expressions of interest from people who have disability and have an interest in developing this initiative further. You will be part of a co-design/co-production Steering Group who will advise and guide the implementation of this initiative by the organisations that have identified their interest.

You will advise the organisations on the issues facing people with disabilities when looking for work, e.g. going through interviews, workplace environment, workplace expectations, workplace equipment and resources, transport and any other issues that are challenges to employment – as well as solutions to those challenges.

Expressions of interest need to be in by 4pm Friday, 14th June. The first meeting will take place on the 25th June 2019.

If you are interested, please provide your details on page two of this link:

Please let us know if you have an accessibility needs.

You will be reimbursed for your time.


Aged Care Anzac Day

Yirra Mia commemorates the ANZAC’s

Clients and staff at Rise’s southern social centre, Yirra Mia stopped on Thursday to pay their respects to those who served on behalf of all Australians and New Zealanders. After playing The Last Post a minute’s silence was observed to remember those impacted by the tragedy of war.

Aged Care ANZAC Day 2

The group then visited their local war memorial to lay a wreath.

“It was touching to have clients and staff come together within the centre to pay their respects. Everyone understands the sacrifices that our war heroes made, and the legacy in which they have left behind over 100 years later and it was a privilege to be present there today!” (Aleesha)

If you would like to find out more about our services for older Australians call 6274 3799 or visit this link.

Celebrating Volunteers Rise Photo Shoot

Celebrating people photo shoot

Rise’s first “Celebrating People” book was published in 2016. It is now an annual tradition. An opportunity to share the stories of the people we support, our volunteers and our staff.

We received lots of suggestions of inspiring people to include in this year’s book and recently wrapped up the first day’s shoot for 2019.

Starting at the Peter Anderton social centre we photographed some of the humble volunteers who give so much of their time to support their community. These volunteers shared some fascinating stories about their backgrounds and passion for supporting people.

At Centenary house, we listened to some of our older Australians share their knowledge and life experience. The Aboriginal Elders showcased some of their beautiful artwork for our cameras.

We visited the Bounce group and heard about their sports activities and other programs to increase community belonging and socialisation.

Finally, the young crew who live in Ellenbrook invited us into their home to capture some images as they went about their daily activities.

We captured some magical moments and met some amazing people. We are now busy collating and putting together their stories for the third Celebrating People Book.

In the meantime, copies of last year’s book are available from Helen’s Place at 12 Leslie Road, Middle Swan. You also can read regular stories on our blog.

Rise provides services for the aged, youth, people with a disability and those facing mental health challenges. For more information visit our homepage.

Celebrating Birak

Now December has started we are in the Noongar season of Birak. Known as first summer, Birak is also called season of the young.

Birak is when the rains ease up, the warm weather really starts to take hold and the afternoons are cooled by sea breezes from the southwest.

Burning time

An almost clockwork style of easterly winds in the morning and sea breezes in the afternoon, meant that traditionally this was the burning time of year for Noongars.

They would burn the country in mosaic patterns to reduce fuel, increase grazing pastures for some animals, aid in seed germination for some plants, and to make it easier to travel across the country.

The fires also forced Yonga (kangaroo), karda (goanna) and small marsupials into the open where they could be hunted.

Birak is often represented by the colour red to symbolise heat, sun and fire.

Season of the young

You will see many fledglings venturing out of nests in Birak – though many stay close to their parents such as magpies and parrots.

With rising temperatures and less rainfall, it’s also a time for baby frogs to complete their transformation into adulthood.

Look out for reptiles that will be shedding their old skin for a new one.

Traditionally Banskia flowers were gathered for the honey. A sweet party mead called Mangite was made by steeping Poolgaria flowers (Bull Banksia, Banksia grandis) in water until they fermented.
The sweet, salty fruit of the Bain (pigface, Carpobrotus viriscens) were also collected.

Rise celebrates culture

Rise has employed a Diversity Employment Coordinator Minyulo Bartlett, who 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.

Rise Board AGM 2018

Celebrating Rise at the AGM

Rise celebrated all the year’s achievements at our 2018 Annual General Meeting.

At the AGM

Our AGM is a great opportunity to celebrate all things Rise – our staff, our Board, our volunteers, our services and, of course, our members.

We released our new Annual Report, which will be available online soon, and welcomed a newly elected Board member to the Rise family – Charlie Gunningham.

It’s been a busy year!

This year has been another busy one full of growth and positive achievements.

Our wonderful Chair, Alf Lay thanked everyone for their great efforts. He also reminded us that this year Rise has gone through some amazing growth. Highlights include:

  • successfully integrating the former Home Help Local operations into our business
  • incorporating other contracts previously delivered by the City of Kalamunda and Town of Cambridge
  • developing and introducing our new ICT system and
  • coming to terms with the NDIS and the changes it has brought to the way we do business.

The value of diversity

Our CEO Justine Colyer said

Rise staff and the people we support continued to demonstrate to the rest of the community the value of diversity and that we all have fantastic talents and skills that contribute to society. We are so much more than an organisation funded to provide services – we are changing people’s perceptions about what community is.

We love what we do, and we like to think it shows!

Rise services

Rise provides services for young people, the aged, people with a disability and those facing mental health challenges. For more information visit the website.

Mary Kenney - volunteer

Special volunteering milestone celebrated

Rise presented Mary Kenney with a 20 years service pin this week to commemorate her many years of volunteering.

Celebrating volunteers

We love to celebrate our volunteers!

Volunteers play a huge role at Rise and always have done. This week’s International Volunteer Day provides a great time to acknowledge and celebrate our Rise volunteers at a range of events held across the metro area.

Special volunteering milestone

As a part of Rise’s celebrations we acknowledged a very special volunteer – Mary Kenney.

Mary has been volunteering at Rise for 20 years!

Rise Program Manager Debbie Armstead presented Mary with some lovely flowers, a 20 year service pin and some vouchers to thank her for her years of service.

Mary has been a great support to both our staff and our members at Wahroonga, one of Rise’s aged care social centres.

Mary said

I love volunteering, it makes me feel good that I’ve helped out in some way.

Mary is always happy to help in any way that is asked of her – and she does it with a lovely smile on her face.

Why not join Mary?

Are you interested in volunteering?

We need and appreciate people with all different kinds of gifts, abilities and passions.

You can do anything from driving our minibuses so people we support can enjoy days out, taking clients to medical appointments, supporting a person with a disability at one of our supported houses, or simply offering companionship at our social centres

There are heaps of volunteer opportunities at Rise so there is bound to be something that suits you!

Want more info?

There are nearly 200 volunteers here at Rise, helping to make a difference. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form. You can also contact Volunteer Coordinator Lisa on 9399 1111 or lisa.begley@risenetwork.com.au.

Kambarang Wildflowers

Welcoming Kambarang

In Perth we are now in Kambarang on the Noongar seasonal calender.

Covering October and November Kambarang is known as the season of birth and sometimes referred to as the second spring.

The colour yellow

Kambarang is all about the colour yellow as it symbolises the return of the hot weather.

This time of year we enjoy an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us. The yellows of many of the acacias abound, along with some of the banksias and many other smaller delicate flowering plants including the kangaroo paw and orchids.

During this time the balgas will continue to flower, especially if they’ve been burnt in the past year or closely shaved.

One of the most striking displays of flowers to be seen during this season will be the moojar, also known as the Australian Christmas tree (Nuytsia Floriburda). The bright orange-yellow flowers are a strong signal the heat is on its way.

October is the most likely time of the year that you will encounter snakes, as reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation. They make the most of the warmth to help them get enough energy to look for food.

It is also a time that many young families of birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them. Koolbardies (magpies) will still be protecting their nests and their babies.

Many things are undergoing transformation with the warm change in the weather and longer dry periods accompany a definite warming trend.

Traditionally Noongar people would move towards the coast where frogs, tortoises, gilgies, blue marron and fresh water crayfish were plentiful.

Rise celebrates culture

Rise has employed an Aboriginal Employment Consultant. Minyulo 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.