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R U OK? – Meaningful conversations about mental health

R U OK? Day is all about staying connected and having meaningful conversations with people who may be having a tough time – and that includes work colleagues.

R U OK? road show

To raise awareness and start some conversations, last week Rise invited the whole team to wear yellow for R U OK? Day and attend a session to learn more about mental health.

Workplace Health and Safety Officer Julie Exeter, along with our Mental Health team, hit the road visiting Rise sites for the whole week.

At the sessions we talked about what RU OK? is all about and the four steps that could save a life:

  1. Ask
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Follow up

We also learned how to listen and look out for signs that someone we work with is struggling.

Starting conversations

We all need to be confident to ask someone R U OK?  So each session included role-playing where we explored ways to start the conversation and how to be prepared for the response we may get.

CEO Justine Colyer said Rise offers a range of flexible and tailored support for when ever people need it.

I want to thank you all for being part of supportive and open communication with your teams and making sure you take care of yourselves so we can all look out for each other.

It was an important reminder to take care of our own mental health as well as look out for how others are doing.

If you missed the session at your work site, there is a load of excellent information and resources on the R U OK? website.

Big thank you to Julie for organising the seriously yummy R U OK? cakes!

Rise Mental Health

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.

NDIS psychosocial roundtable

Rise clients help inform NDIS psychosocial support

Rise clients have played a big part in helping to design NDIS psychosocial support for people around the country.

Three of our Psychosocial NDIS participants were invited to take part in a workshop at Duxton Hotel in Perth.

NDIS psychosocial workshop

Graeme, Ian and Saul took part in the NDIS round table. It was run by the National NDIS. The aim is to use the feedback from the workshop to design new protocols for people with psychosocial disability to access NDIS funding.

Rise Mental Health Coordinators Nina and Emma went along too. Nina said it was a fantastic day out.

We turned up and had valet parking, plus they put on a great lunch, so everyone felt like royalty! But the real reason our clients were there was to give their feedback. And it was great for them to be heard, and to help others in the future.

It was made clear to us that the feedback would be taken on board and used to roll out a national program. Everyone went home feeling really valued and useful.

It’s wonderful for our people to be valued and their opinion heard. What a great day out!

Rise mental health services

Rise provides a number of mental health services. This includes individual support, peer support and housing. For more information click here.



Baking soothes the soul

Johnny, Jason and Stefano share a house in Aubin Grove.

They share a beautiful big home complete with theatre room, lounge room and lovely gardens.

Last week some of our team was invited to see the house.

Johnny helps with baking

Johnny was home with Aruna. They were baking a cake to share, and the house smelt delicious!

Named ‘Aubin’ the house is very masculine. There are car pictures lining the walls, and video games on the tv buffet. The furniture is dark wood and black leather, with bright pops of colour in the rugs and cushions.

Aruna tells us it’s a lovely house to work in. The gents keep the house very tidy and take pride in their bedrooms.

We spy a few football bed spreads, as well as music equipment and computers.

With a new resident set to move in soon, we’re sure he will love the vibe of the house!

To find out about Rise supported accommodation vacancies click here.

Rise services

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care, accommodation and more. To find out more click here.

WA to join national NDIS

Rise is pleased that a decision about WA’s disability scheme has been announced.

WA to join national NDIS

On 12 December, it was announced that WA would be joining the nationally delivered, National Disability Insurance Scheme. Here is a statement from Minister for Disability Services Stephen Dawson.

From 1 July 2018, WA will hand over running of the Scheme to the Federal Government. The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across WA by 2020.

People already taking part in the State Scheme will transfer to the nationally delivered Scheme between April 2018 and December 2018. They will be contacted by the WA Government to advise them of the decision and the next steps to be taken.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer said the decision gives certainty to current and future participants and their families.

Rise is very familiar with both the State and Federally run scheme and will be able to support those moving from the State scheme as well as those in the National scheme.
If you are receiving services from us today, you will still get services from us tomorrow.  We will share more information with you as soon as it becomes available.
In the meantime, we are pleased that WA will retain it’s own Minister for Disability Services whom we trust will work on our community’s behalf to protect the rights, interests and choices of people in our State.


Rise has been a leading provider of services for people with a disability and those with a mental health issue for over 30 years. For more information click here.

Josh superhero

Josh loves superheroes and the outdoors

HULK HULK HULK! This is something you can hear Josh saying frequently – as he loves superheroes!

Josh (23) lives in Bennett Springs in one of the many homes run by Rise. Nestled in a suburban street, this beautiful home is light, airy and has a great patio out the back.

Superheroes and bushwalks

Josh is a big fan of the Marvel series. He loves Hulk, Spiderman and many others.

When we visit his house, Josh proudly shows us his figurines.

His support worker Naninga Onesimo is savvy with the characters. He names all of them on Josh’s wristband and together they shout HULK HULK HULK.

This gets a huge smile from Josh. As does looking at the pictures we’ve taken of him, and the selfies together.

Naninga tells us all of Josh’s other favourite things to do.

He loves to catch public transport and do things outdoors. We go for bush walks and he likes animal farms too.

After our visit, Josh is off to the shops for one of his favourite drinks – iced coffee – followed by lunch in Ellenbrook. We love supporting people and seeing them live a great life!

Rise disability services

Rise supports people with a disability, with individual care and accommodation. To find out more click here.

Rise Community Network

2016: A year of celebration at Rise Community Network

As we look back at 2016, Rise Community Network are so proud of what we have achieved this year.

Here are some of our highlights

We have so much more to give in 2017…watch this space and have a happy new year!

Recent success of Peer Worker Course from our Mental Health team

What is the Peer Worker Course?

You may have heard about our recent Peer Worker Course here.

The Peer Worker Course is designed for people who have experienced mental illness and want to help others on their road to recovery.

Why choose this course?

Lived experience is at the heart of recovery and many people with that unique insight feel driven to use their experience to help others and give back to the workforce.

 What topics does the course cover?

The Peer Worker Course is an excellent introduction to peer work with participants covering a range of topics including:

  • Recovery Principles
  • Types of Peer Work
  • Understanding Mental Illness
  • Workplace Communication and Culture
  • Working with Small Groups
  • Goal Setting
  • The Peer Worker–Client Relationship
  • Conducting a Presentation
  • Looking After Your Health
  • Self-Management
  • Stigma
  • Debriefing
  • Mental Health Services; acronyms, jargon and resources

Success of our latest course

Rise is extremely proud to announce the success of its latest Peer Worker Course, which has been designed to give participants the opportunity to learn about mental health and the care sector.

Eleven participants from across Perth recently underwent six weeks of intense mental health training and graduated with a certificate of completion on Friday, December 2.

All 11 graduates successfully finished the course by sharing their lived experience on the final day of the course.

Their feedback has been extremely positive with one graduate commenting that the course, “exceeded expectations”.

Another participant told the facilitators,

I now have a clearer pathway for my future and know that I wish to work in the mental health sector.

All the participants felt that they made great connections with each other and with Rise as an organisation.

Rise hopes the graduates will now go onto further study through TAFE and eventually join WA’s growing peer workforce.

How to take part in the new Peer Worker Course

Preparation is also underway for Rise’s next Peer Worker Course, set to take place early next year.

We will post the new course time on our events page when it’s available.

Image of attendees at the Nobel House garden, with their hands up excited for their new garden makeover.

Nobel House gives thanks to CBRE Cares make over project

Did you know, CBRE recently made over Nobel and Pioneer Disability home gardens?

Last month, we posted an article about CBRE (the world’s largest real estate company), who have a fabulous philanthropic mission to support the wider community.

Nobel House celebrates garden makeover

On Friday 9th December, Nobel House hosted an official opening event for the garden on a beautiful summers day. The garden looked picturesque and the chooks were very happy with their new home.

Image of new garden, accessible wooden walkway and flowerbeds

Attendees included residents, guests, their families and support workers. Justin O’Meara Smith (Divisional Manager, People with Disability at Rise) also came to give thanks to Emma Walsh at CBRE who organised the volunteers and makeover. CBRE’s Managing Director Lloyd Jenkins was also in attendance.

Justin O’Meara Smith commented

Rise have been providing services for 30 years. But, what has happened at Nobel goes well beyond what we can provide ourselves. We recognise and thank the staff at CBRE. We thank the leadership of Lloyd and the hard efforts and amazing talents of Emma. Also, the 100 odd staff that came to help us.

The makeover was also a great opportunity for the residents and guests at Nobel House to be involved in a project too. This demonstrates exactly what a person with disability is capable of, and we are very proud.

Check our Jarrod below – who took an active role and interest throughout the Nobel House garden transformation. He was a fabulous helper!

Image of Jarrod with his thumbs up in the new nobel house garden


In our appreciate, we awarded CBRE with some certificates of appreciate for all the volunteers, and this trophy!

Image of Justin O'Meara Smith handing Emma Walsh of CBRE the appreciation trophy.

Emma Walsh, from CBRE commented,

Thank you for trusting us, and allowing CBRE to come in and makeover your gardens. Also, for the incredible hospitality of Dasher at Rise. A lot of our staff have never encountered working with people with disabilities before. However, it was such a moving experience. We actually took more from the project than we gave, working with such an awesome team. On behalf of CBRE, thank you for you what do for our community.

Dasher and her team did a great job on hosting the event, with lots of food, drinks and family photographs to celebrate our new garden.

Once again, many thanks CBRE from everyone at Rise Community Network.

How can your company help Rise?

You may wish to support our youth program to empower young people. Or help our people with disability become more independent.

If you are interested in supporting Rise in a similar capacity to CBRE, click here for more information.

The Shire of Kalamunda’s transition of NDIS services to Rise

The Shire of Kalamunda runs the Peter Anderton Centre, which offers a range of support to clients over many years. On 28 November 2016, the Shire decided to transition its NDIS services for people with disability provided at the Peter Anderton Centre to Rise.

Shire President Andrew Waddell said,

We want the best for our people with a disability, and we’re conscious of the impact transitioning clients to the NDIS environment has had. It makes more sense to have a dedicated, fully resourced and leading service provider, like Rise, with significant exposure and experience in delivery NDIS programs, to do this.

Rise works in partnership with The Shire of Kalamunda

The opportunity for Rise to assist running the group activities for people with disability, means that the clients can continue to access the Peter Anderton Centre with familiar faces, as part of their activities. There is also the opportunity for these people to use their NDIS funding to make exciting new choices, due to our new involvement.

Justin O’Meara Smith, Divisional Manger – People with Disability at Rise stated,

Rise hopes to continue the good work provided by the Shire. We will focus on meeting with the people and families they have supported for many years. Our intention is to listen and learn about what is important to them.

Rise are looking forward to this new and highly rewarding opportunity, which has been made available through the NDIS

Rise NDIS Services

To find out more about our NDIS Services, check out our dedicated webpage.

Group image of Rise Network staff and clients attending the International Day for people with Disability

International Day for People with Disability

What is International Day for People with Disability?

“Celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a collaborative effort between schools, workplaces, businesses community groups and individuals. The aim is to help break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities”.

Rise Community Network attends the NDS WA Lunch, in celebration of International of People with Disability

The 2nd December saw us celebrate International Day for People with Disability….and it was huge!

Image of giant colourful letters on a stage which read, "IDPWD".

500 people came together to have lunch and hear about the fabulous achievements of a panel of Paralympians as well one woman’s campaign to have disability feature in mainstream advertising.  Her seven year old son with Down Syndrome became the star of a number of clothing campaigns.

Rise filled two tables, taking people with disability and staff along to enjoy the event.

Rise Board Chair, Alf Lay said

It’s fantastic to be here on such an important day for people with disability, especially with the announcement that the National Disability Insurance Scheme would be rolled out under WA State Government administration.  This will give some certainty to people looking forward to receiving NDIS support in the future.

NDIS Services at Rise

Head over to the NDIS page of our website, to find out how Rise can support you further.