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Youth Minister Peter Tinley visit Kira House

Youth Minister Peter Tinley visits Kira House

Youth Minister Peter Tinley took some time to visit Kira House recently and check out our facilities.

Youth Minister visits

Minister Tinley was shown around Kira House by three current residents.

Kira House is a six-bed unit where we support young women aged 14-18 years escaping family and domestic violence.

We give them a safe place to live, we teach life skills and we instil hope. Because these women are so young, and have years ahead of them to achieve their goals.

Youth manager Dawn McAleenan said it was wonderful to see the women share their goals and dreams with the Minister.

They told the minister about their personal experience which has lead them to be at the house.

One young woman told the minister how she didn’t see much of a future for herself before coming to the house but through the support of staff and the encouragement she has had, she now feels like she has a thousand different options and she is looking forward to achieving her dream of finishing school and going to university.

One of the young ladies in the house has dreams of becoming a politician herself.

She got a chance to ask the Minister about his portfolio, and peppered him with questions about the current youth strategy!

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.

Kira House baby

Babies feel the love at Kira House

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. This is certainly our mentality at Kira House – which is our safe house for young women aged 14 to 18 years.

Kira House

Kira House is a 24-hour service which supports young women escaping family and domestic violence. Around 30% of the women we support are pregnant or have children.

Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan said Rise offered a unique service.

We are the only service of this type in Perth who caters for such young women.

In the past two years we have supported 107 women. Of these, 14 had their own children.

We have a great set up to cater for children, and our staff love baby snuggles.

We support the women by equipping them with parenting skills which will help them into the future.

Life skills

As well as parenting skills, all women at Kira House are prepared for their everyday and future goals.

Rise can provide informal counselling, focus on strengths and refer women to other agencies if there is other community services they may need.

This beautiful baby pictured here was recently featured in our Celebrating People Book 2016-2017. This coffee table book contains stories from our staff, volunteers and clients across the whole organisation. You can get a copy at our head office – 12 Leslie Road Middle Swan.

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.

Anchor Point

Rise links in with Youth Futures for education needs

Disengage young people are being offered an alternative education program thanks to Youth Futures WA! Youth Futures WA came to Rise recently to chat about Anchor Point.

Youth Futures Anchor Point

Anchor Point is an alternative education program run by Youth Futures for young people aged 14 and 9 months to 19 years. It helps those who are disengaged from school or who have had recent poor attendance.

The program is based at the Town of  Bassendean’s Youth Center. Young people who attend can complete a Certificate I, Certificate II and Certificate III in General Education.

Anchor Point is based on a student-centred model. This means it is a self-paced learning program and there is lots of individual support.

The Anchor Point program runs four days a week from Monday to Thursday 9am to 2:30pm. It is referral-based program and young people must give their consent.

Benefits for Rise

Rise Youth Manager Dawn McAleenan said she was excited about this program.

It is great having a local program that can help young people with their education. It is especially relevant for the young women who access our safe house and have had to leave their homes.

Having a solid education can provide so many opportunities later in life. A big thanks to Danielle for coming to speak to our team about the program.

For more information on Anchor Point, call 9300 2677 or email infoap@youthfutureswa.com.au

Rise 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.

landgate IWD charity partner

Landgate chooses Rise as charity partner

Rise was honoured to be chosen as Landgate’s charity partner as a recent event.

Landgate held a breakfast last week as part of International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations.

Charity partner

The Lands Minister Hon Rita Saffioti was the keynote speaker at the event. It was held at Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley and was Landgate’s 21st IWD celebration.

Each year the organisations chooses a charity to donate funds. Rise was grateful to be chosen as this year’s recipient.

One of our General Manager’s Helen Dymond kindly accepted the sizeable donation from Landgate CEO Jodi Cant.

Helen spoke to the guests about our youth services and our safe house. Kira House is a dedicated safe house for young women aged 14-18 years who are escaping family or domestic violence. Around 30% of the women we help are pregnant or have children. We are the only type of facility like this in WA who can cater for young women.

We’re so thankful for the donation, and will be sure to put it to good use – we’ll keep you updated!

Rise 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.

department donation

Department workers dig deep for Kira House

The staff at Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have dug deep for Kira House, providing generous donation to help young women.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Within the Department are several networks which support different groups.

The Women’s Integrated Network chose to support domestic violence this year.

Staff members were searching for a worthy cause, and came across Rise. We operate Kira House, which is a safe house for young women from 14-18 years, many who are pregnant or with children.

Department Assistant Secretary Kerri Russ said it was nice to be able to assist a worthy cause.

As a national department, it is important to us that we contribute locally. My colleagues really connected to this cause and people were incredibly generous.

We collected five large boxes of goods and raised more than $1700. There was one individual and a family who both contributed large sums of money in particular, although they wanted to remain anonymous.

Kira House

Kira House Program Coordinator Michelle Kenny said Rise was incredibly touched by the generous donation.

A team from the department travelled to our head office to drop off the donations, which we are very grateful for. We were happy to tell them a bit more about what we do. This helped them understand just how the donations would be used. Monetary donations usually go towards recreation activities for young women in the house.

These are things like going to the movies or out for dinner, which are extras outside of essential funding. These activities can build up social and life skills. They also boost the confidence of the young women. A big thank you to everyone at the department who donated items and money to Kira House.

Rise 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.

Feels Mayhills Kira House

Electronic music duo Feels raising money for Kira House

Two young musicians from Feels are raising money for young women in need.

Feels digs deep for Kira

Electronic music duo Elise and Rosie have teamed up with local producer Mayhills to create a special song, with part proceeds to our safe house, Kira House.

Kira House is a 24 hour refuge for young women aged 14 to 18 years, many who are pregnant or have children.

The ladies from Feels came across Rise through word of mouth, and were keen to donate part profits from their new song to us.

Our marketing and youth managers met with the band and Drew recently, to learn more about how this collaboration came about.

Mayhills gives back

Mayhills is an electronic music producer from Perth. He recently released a new five-song EP ‘Post Romantic’, and wanted to do something different with it.

He invited several musicians from across Perth to remix the songs. Feels remixed the track ‘Cotton Eye’, giving it a fun, tropical flavour.

The remix will drop on Friday 22 December. It will be available for sale, and 50% proceeds from every sale will go directly to Kira House.

Drew said he didn’t just want to release songs, he wanted to support local causes at the same time.

I really wanted to do something with charity and create meaningful impacts at a local level. With all the remixes each of the bands are supporting really worthy causes.

People can pay a nominal amount to pick up the Feels remix, or they can donate any amount they like. I’m hoping that folks gift the track to their friends and family for Christmas, knowing that their purchase is helping to make a difference to the lives of young women at risk.

Safe houses have provided a valuable service to my female friends and family in the past and I understand the vital work they do – Rise is a brilliant cause.

Feels work with women

Elise and Rosie said our safe house struck a chord with them. They are heavily involved in helping women of all ages to learn about making electronic music. The pair run WOMPP and hold monthly workshops to help women produce music using Ableton software.

We were interested in helping women who have suffered domestic violence. We wanted to support a cause were we knew the money would be used a grassroots level and not fall through the cracks. This is a great cause to get behind.

Rise is incredibly grateful that Drew, Elise and Rosie are working together to put their music skills to good use! They money raised will help vulnerable young women. You can purchase the remix track here – it sounds pretty good to us!

Rise 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.

Tour de Gracetown Kira House

Tour De Gracetown helps women in need

Four men are taking on the Tour de Gracetown this month and raising funds for women in need at the same time.

Ken, Michael, Kim and Phil will participate in a grueling 110km bike ride in the south west. The funds they raise will go to Kira House, which is a safe house run by Rise.

Tour de Gracetown

Ken said the group had been training hard ahead of the ride. This includes rides in the Perth Hills, with a recent trek through Death Valley in Gidgegannup.

Ken said the reasons for choosing Kira House to donate the funds to was simple.

We were looking for someone local. We’ve all got happy, healthy 20-something daughters so it seems sensible to help out some less fortunate young women.

The group aim to raise $5000 for Kira House. They have currently raised more than $2000. You can donate to their GoFundME page. Best of luck gentlemen and thank you for your kind donations!

Kira House

Kira House is a 24-hour crisis house for young women aged between 14 and 18 years. These women, who may have accompanying children, are leaving a violent family or domestic situation.

Our Kira House staff offer women the support they need leaving home and help prepare them for everyday and future goals.

You can find out more information about Rise Youth Services here.

car women children transport

New car helps support women and children

A new car purchased thanks to a grant is helping women and children travel around Perth.

The Youth services St John of God Outreach program was successful in securing a grant from Lotterywest.

Outreach Program

The outreach program provides individual support for young women aged 14 – 18 years who have experienced family and domestic violence.

Meeting in person is essential to help build their capacity to enable them to live independently and safely in the community.

Many of the young women have previously been accommodated at Kira House, which is the only 24 hour accessible crisis accommodation service for this age group in WA, and so come from all over the Perth.

Transporting women and children

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said the new car will make a big difference to women receiving support.

Approximately 30% of these young women have accompanying children but unfortunately the old vehicle was not big enough to transport their children, which caused additional barriers during support.

We are now able to transport women and children when they need it.

The Lotterywest grant totalled $13,474 and the car was purchased recently from Phoenix Holden.

Youth Services

Rise Community Network 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.

Justine Colyer fake baby

Young people learn parenting skills with fake baby

This year a fake baby program was introduced at Rise to help with parenting skills for youth.  Rise currently have one life-like baby named Charlie, who offers a real-life experience for expectant mothers.

Supporting expectant mothers with fake baby

At Kira House, we provide safe accommodation and support for young women aged 14-18 years escaping from family and domestic violence. Approximately 30% of these young women have accompanying children and/or are pregnant.

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said Rise used Charlie to support the young women to develop their parenting skills.

Charlie reacts by crying when he needs to be fed, rocked and changed. He also responds by cooing when he all his needs are met.

The fake baby records how well the baby has been cared for by tracking head support and wrong positioning, temperatures and clothing changes. This report can be printed off to show how well the ‘parent’ has cared for the baby.

Rise staff take on baby challenge

A number of Rise staff are taking part in the program. Each staff member has 24 hours with Charlie and had their report printed for comparison.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer was one of the first to look after Charlie. She juggled looking after him between meetings, with her executive officer Sonia seen undertaking some babysitting duties!

Rise Youth Services

Rise Community Network 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.

air fryer

Girls get healthy eating help with air fryer donation

A generous donation to Kira House of air fryers is helping young girls to eat healthy food safely.

Kira House is a safe house run by Rise. It helps young women fleeing unsafe situations.

Air fryer safety

Rise Program Coordinator Dale Heyward said staff recent attended fire warden training where the danger associated with deep frying was highlighted at the training.

The young girls at Kira House are learning how to cook healthy food and Smith’s Automotive Parts offered the solution to the deep frying dilemma by purchasing the two air fryers.

The residents can keep safe and healthy. No more deep frying and no more hot oil fire risk!

Dale said the donation was gratefully received. Many of the young women at Kira House have children, so an air fryer provides a safer method of cooking.

Kira House

Kira House is a safe and confidential 24-hour crisis house for young women aged between 14 and 18 years who are leaving a violent family or domestic situation. The young women are supported and prepared for everyday and future goals. Read more here.