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CEO Sleepout Raises Over $1m for Homeless

On the chilly evening of June 20, Justine headed off with her partner, her pillow and her pyjamas to the WACA grounds to take part in her fourth CEO Sleepout to raise money and awareness for the homeless.

Organised by St Vinnies, the annual event attracts well known figures and plenty of media attention nationally. WA CEOs raised over $1m on the night, every cent of which goes directly to support those in need.

Justine & CEO Sleepout 2 JC and Kim Gilbert, CEO of Zenith Insurance Services

Perhaps more importantly, it busts a few myths about who is homeless and why. Many people are surprised to learn that a significant proportion of the homeless are young people, families with children and the elderly—regular members of the community whose lives have been turned upside down by divorce, unemployment, illness or domestic violence. We heard some pretty moving stories directly from those who’ve been through it and come out the other end.

JC in PJs ready to get to sleep JC in PJs ready to get to sleep

The night was cold but the rain held off and most people managed to grab an hour or two sleep under the stars; this CEO is pathetically grateful she doesn’t have to do it night after night.

Fellow CEOs and Board Directors are encouraged to book in for the same time next year—lets swell the numbers and the coffers!

Justine & CEO Sleepout 3 JC with partner Garry Ellender, CEO Access Housing

 

Lotterywest Celebrate 80 Years of Giving to The Community

There was soft lighting, calorie-laden nibbles and shimmering frocks. The entertainment was high-brow, with the WASO trumpet section, the WA ballet, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes belting out opera and South Pacific.

CEOs and Board Chairs of WA’s non-profit organisations gathered in the Perth Convention Centre to rub shoulders with heads of Local and State Government to support Lotterywest in a fabulous evening of celebration.

Lotterywest were clearly very pleased with themselves to be holding such an event, and with good reason—they were recognising 80 years of giving to the community: $4bn to community causes and $12bn to lucky Lotto winners. This arrangement is unique to WA and is the envy of Not-For-Profit organisations in other States.

Who couldn’t be pleased with that?! Even Premier Colin Barnett, supported by Opposition Leader Roger Cook, hailed it as a truly bipartisan supported initiative rather than a political football.

Hankies came out as the stories of hardship, support and triumph over 80 years were told, one of which featured our own Tara Seaward and the work the team do at Kira House.

Lotterywest 80th Ann

‘Bringing Our Best to You’ – Staff Training & Event Calendar

Training Calendar Feb 2013

Our half-yearly Staff Training and Event ‘Gig Guide’ – we like to call it – is out!

We developed this last year to support our staff specifically to bring clarity and to let them know that we really do want to ‘bring our best’ to them. There is nothing worse than not feeling at ease in our work role and training helps people feel comfortable and confident.

This guide outlines the bounty of training that is taking place over the next six months at Rise, what is classed as Essential and Complimentary, What is the Next Step, and it also delivers a some key messages from the Human Resources team that relates to the first half of the year.

On the front cover is one of our staff. This cover profiles Annette Panaia who is the Program Co-ordinator for Moorditj Mia, a program that supports the elderly and frail aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in an informal way that suits our indigeneous people.

“So helpful to know what training is coming up and when… so clear.” Staff Member

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Watch 4 Videos

In the lead up to the State Election for Western Australia, Rise is partnering with West Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) to lobby for reform which will, we believe, positively impact our ageing community, youth at risk and those challenged with mental health issues.

Helen Dymond, our Divisional Manager for Aged Care, challenges the current two system, Federal and State, and the lack of simplicity and ease for our elderly to access services. Helen also confronts the rising cost of utilities and the impact this has on people to feel confident and comfortably in their own home as they grow older.

Tara Seaward, the Acting Divisional Manager for Youth and Mental Health Services at Rise tells of the growing difficulty young women are facing in finding stable housing after they have accessed our crisis accommodation service at Kira House.

Watch our 4 Videos and share your opinion on our Vimeo or Facebook pages.

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Rise & WACOSS Lobby for Change Via Video

Watch 4 Videos

In the lead up to the State Election for Western Australia, Rise is partnering with West Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) to lobby for reform which will, we believe, positively impact our ageing community, youth at risk and those challenged with mental health issues.

Helen Dymond, our Divisional Manager for Aged Care, challenges the current two system, Federal and State, and the lack of simplicity and ease for our elderly to access services.  Helen also confronts the rising cost of utilities and the impact this has on people to feel confident and comfortably in their own home as they grow older.

Tara Seaward, the Acting Divisional Manager for Youth and Mental Health Services at Rise tells of the growing difficulty young women are facing in finding stable housing after they have accessed our crisis accommodation service at Kira House.

Watch our 4 Videos and share your opinion on our Vimeo or Facebook pages.

Merry Christmas to You All

Christmas Lights - Penny

You can almost hear the audible sigh of relief as we move into the last week before the Christmas break…

It’s been a huge year for Rise; we didn’t even exist as Rise at the start of the year!

The re-brand from Hills Community Support Group and all the associated events, parties, launches and good cheer took some significant organisational grunt and saw some of us put on a few extra kilos from the drinks and nibbles. The result is that we have a smart, friendly and well-recognised image that is more widely known than ever.

While most of us will take a well-earned break, being a 24 hour service, we continue to provide care and support for people with a disability, young women escaping domestic violence and carers needing respite over the Christmas period.

To those people particularly, and the staff and volunteers who work with them, we wish you a happy and restful holiday.

 

Clients at the Centre

Michael & Liz at Andrews Place

The recent National Disability Services (NDS) State conference was one of the most thought provoking of recent times, with the keynote speakers challenging delegates to think about the future of service delivery and person-centred outcomes, and how a future workforce would meet those challenges.

Over arching these challenges is the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will bring with it a major shift in services to people with a disability. As a result, delegates from organisations such as Rise are planning how to best implement service delivery models, which ensure that the client is at the centre of all planning and that the organisation is set up to meet those needs.

Gary Hurst
Divisional Manager – People with Disability

Volunteers, Cowboys and Indians

Many thanks goes to all Volunteers within the organisation who give of their time so readily.

We always enjoy thanking our Volunteers and this years 2012 Volunteer Dinner was no exception.

This years theme was Country and Western and the room was alight with imitation fires, cow hide galore and a hay bale or two. We had cowboys, cowgirls and an Indian squaw or two!

Many hours go into the lead up for our annual event. This year saw 50 volunteers plus all of our helpers sit down for a three course meal superbly created and served by the Country Women’s Association (CWA). Helen from CWA and all her helpers always create the most amazing aromas and dining. “Freight Train” entertained us with their Country and Western music style throughout the evening.

Awards, cactus, prizes and laughter filled the evening air and our Sheriff for the evening, “Woody”, kept everyone entertained with quizzes and music trivia.

A great crowd and a superb evening. From me (Sam Hrubos – Volunteer Coordinator) to all of you “Thanks” and see you all next year. Mmmmm wonder what the theme will be?

Take a look at the Photo Album from the evening.

 

Homeless Connect – Perth

On Wednesday the 14th of November the Rise Youth Team attended Perth’s ‘Homeless Connect’ event held at Russell Square and the Hellenic Community Centre in Northbridge.

The Homeless Connect project is about providing a “one stop shop” of essential and on-going services to homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness. Community groups, businesses and Government offered assistance with housing, medical and dental issues, legal issues, mental health and addiction issues, employment, recreation opportunities, identification issues, electoral enrolment and other services. Personal care services were also offered including showers, haircuts, massage, clothes, craft activities, physical training, book giveaway, entertainment and catering (meals and refreshments were provided through the day).

Over Sixty service providers from government, not-for-profit sector, business and individuals set up the successful “one stop shop” of services with the support of over 100 volunteers on the day. Homeless Connect events have been held in over 220 cities across the United States, Canada and Australia (Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Gold Coast).

Our Youth Team set up and ran a Rise stand in the Hellenic Centre, and spent the day talking to attendees about all of the services Rise has to offer. They were approached by a huge range of attendees with varying personal circumstances, responded to questions and provided information about Rise’s Mental Health, Aged Care, Disabilities and of course, Youth Services programs.

An estimated 600 homeless and otherwise disadvantaged people attended the event, and Youth staff met with and spoke to over 50 guests throughout the day.

Thank you Bankwest

Thank you to Bankwest for Volunteering at Rise – Wahroonga Social Centre in Mundaring.

Wahroonga staff for longer than I can recall have been dreaming of a staffroom. On the 5 October 2012, thanks to Bankwest and Volunteering WA their dream came true. Twenty-seven volunteers from Bankwest rose to the task – armed with sunscreen, hats, brute force and muscle, not to mention a great positive attitude. The Wahroonga rear demountable was transformed into a tranquil, peaceful room of bliss. Fresh paint and new furniture now envelopes the room and we celebrated in style for the Melbourne Cup Day.

The area also now has a fantastic raised garden area, after much pruning and repositioning of railway sleepers. Sanded and sealed table settings, umbrellas and an area for a water feature are just a few of the surprises that greeted staff. The garden beds will become a memorial garden for clients who pass away and give the staff a nice area to reflect and remember.

Another big task that day was the painting of the picket fence that runs the entire frontage of Wahroonga. My thoughts are that the painting crew never want to see either green paint or a paint brush for quite a while.

The Bankwest volunteers worked tirelessly that day – grubby faces and clothes matched perfectly with the happy smiles that donned each and every volunteer. This project could not have gone better.

Take a look at the photographs in our Album.

This is what the Bankwest Volunteers said about the day:

“The satisfaction of completing every task we were given. Meeting new people and seeing the appreciation in the people’s faces.”

“Sense of fulfillment.”

“Team building, fun, and positive.”

“ Working with others to build something that will add value for years.”

“Working with a group to achieve something that will give joy to the people in the facility.”

“Sense of achievement and doing something good for the community.”

“Was wonderful to be able to give back to the community.”

“Really amazed at un-selfish or non-profit activity done by RISE organisation.”

“As the day went on, it was nice to form a connection with the clients.”

“Helping others makes us feel good.”

 

Thanks Bankwest and everyone who “Gave 1” that day.

Samantha Hrubos

Senior Coordinator Volunteers