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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.

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.


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Rise supported accommodation for people with a disability

Rise has a number of supported accommodation options for people with a disability.

Supported accommodation

We provide more than just a home for people with a disability – we offer a place to belong.

Rise has accommodation all over Perth. From Waikiki to Ellenbrook, we also have many homes in the Swan area.

Rise General Manager Shaun Mays said the supported accommodation is tailored to each individual.

We are committed to finding the right people for the right houses.

We want to make sure that our homes are harmonious. This gives everyone the best chance to live happy lives and reach their goals.

Our homes are modern, comfortable and well equipped.

Shaun said Rise currently had a few houses searching for people to call them home. Each house lists the ideal age, gender and attributes of the individual. You can find out more about our current supported accommodation options for people with a disability here.

For more information about our houses please contact:

Mandy Hughes

0436 686 897


Rise disability services

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

Supported Accommodation Rise

Nobel House Open Day a huge success

Nobel House is a six bedroom fully accessible respite and short stay home in the beautiful Perth Hills. Nobel House is designed for those times when you, your family or care giver need a bit of additional support.

The Open Day was the ideal occasion for the community to come together for a barbecue lunch, learn all about the support that’s available and to share ideas so that we can better support people.

WOW , what a  fun day! It was great to meet so many clients and their families , and to chat with them about how we can support individuals to achieve their goals and aspirations whilst staying at Nobel House.

Toni Tejada, Respite Coordinator

A special thank you to all the respite clients who helped set up on the day, especially to Belinda, the Master Chef , who cooked the beautiful barbecue lunch!

Due to the success, Nobel  House will be holding an annual Open Day. Don’t miss out on the next event.

Rise provides a range of respite options to support you. Respite care can be arranged for a few hours, a few days or even for longer periods. For more information click here.


Living our values

Our  Disability Coordinator Workshop was a great opportunity for us to share ideas and celebrate the successes of the people we support and our staff.


Disability Support Workshop



Our shared values are the core beliefs we use to make decisions. Living our values means we provide quality support.

The team talked about how Rise values drive what we do and how we do it everyday.

Integrity: We do the right thing.

Respect: We listen and trust.

Welcoming: We offer a place to belong.

Optimism: We are hopeful and confident.Disability Support Workshop


The team demonstrated their creative side and had lots of fun using Playdoh to make items  that reflect these values.

Celebrating people

Staff shared some inspiring stories of goals their clients have achieved, as well as some fantastic feedback they have received from members of the community.

Rise Values

Celebrating people we support is our vision if you would like to learn more about how we can support you or someone you know with a disability please click on this link or contact us at:

ph: (08) 6274 3700


Supported Accommodation

What makes a house a home?

A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of hopes and dreams.


Supported Accommodation

James and Ciaran  are getting ready for the day. James dreams while listening to Shania Twain. She’s one of his favourite singers and he loves to talk about the Shania concert he and his family attended.

James is so cheeky and fun. He can also be really serious. He is the unofficial boss of this place. He’s a very cheeky monkey (Alex, Support Worker)

Ciaran makes sure the house stays neat and tidy. Everything must be put back in its rightful place. He loves to relax on his swing in the morning sun.

Today, James and Ciaran are supported by Angie and Lovena.

Support Worker

Angie started with Rise in February 2016 and is passionate about supporting the lads.

I enjoy having conversations and building relationships with the clients. Me and James will sit for hours and have conversations about stuff.


Supported Accommodation

Lovena also joined Rise in 2016.

Two of my best mates work here, in this house. It’s the people. You can’t do this job without liking people.

This morning she is listening to Ciaran explain some of his favourite food on his IPad.

Are you or someone you know with a disability looking for a place to call home?

You can find out more about our supported accommodation opportunities here.

Alternatively, please contact:

Mandy Hughes

0436 686 897


Disability advisory committee

Bethlyn advocates on Disability Advisory Committee

Bethlyn Jarvis is a busy woman! She’s involved with several organisations supporting those with a disability or mental health issue.

Bethlyn is also a member of Rise’s Disability Advisory Committee. She’s been part of it since it was formed around three years ago.

Disability Advisory Committee

Every two months, the committee meets to discuss disability services at Rise.

The committee is made up of four family members of people with a disability and a client from a Rise supported accommodation house. There are also several Rise staff too.

During these meetings, Bethlyn said the representatives have a chance to raise any concerns.

All the committee members represent people who live in different Rise accommodation and have different needs.

Most of our children have no, or limited, speech so can’t speak for themselves.

Being on the committee gives us a chance to bring up any concerns and resolve them before they become bigger issues.

Committee is valuable

Despite being such a busy lady, Bethlyn said she really valued being on the committee and had no plans to step down.

It gives us an avenue to talk about things and improve our family member’s life.

There is opportunity to find out about different opportunities such as new places to visit, and new activities available for people with a disability.

There is shared understanding of our lives and some of the challenges. I’d encourage others to join. It keeps us up to date with Rise too.

Clients and stakeholders are encouraged to become members of the committee. We are looking for a broad and diverse membership to make sure a diverse range of views and voices can be heard.

For more information email contact@risenetwork.com.au

Rise services

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

sergio stamp collecting

Collecting stamps gives purpose to Sergio’s life

To some people, collecting stamps doesn’t sound very exciting. But bear with us while we share Sergio’s touching story, which heavily revolves around stamps!

Collecting stamps from a young age

Sergio started collecting stamps when he was a young boy. A family member had been saving stamps just in case any children wanted to take up the hobby.

He decided he did. And Sergio collected stamps until he finished school and began working full time. His life path took him from South Africa to New Zealand, then Australia.

Fast forward to 4 November 2001. Sergio crashes his car after suffering a diabetic coma.

He didn’t know he had diabetes.

He awoke not only to a diagnosis of diabetes, but also to the fact he was a hemiplegic.

That means paralysis down the whole left side of his body. He can’t feel it at all, even now. Using his right hand he pokes his left shoulder to demonstrate that there’s no feeling.


Sergio spent weeks in hospital, followed by two-and-a-half years in Shenton Park Rehabilitation Centre.

He had to learn to walk again.

He had to learn to talk again.

He had to learn to read and write again.

But Sergio is no quitter. He’s defied the odds to live a fulfilled, independent life.

And stamps have played a big part in that, as well as social connection.

Sergio started attending Mundaring Men’s Shed many years ago.

It was fellow member Terry who asked him what he did in his spare time.

I told him I didn’t have a hobby because all I’ve ever done is work. He said, but what do you do? And I told him that I sleep.

Then he asked what I did when I was a child. And they were the magic words – childhood and hobby.

A million stamps

Sergio enthusiastically resumed his old hobby around 10 years ago.

He has thousands of stamps from across the globe, with every country accounted for.

He’s up to his 76th album, and estimates he has nearly half a million stamps in his collection.

That’s 500,000 little pieces of paper telling a fascinating history of the world.

And that’s hour of painstaking work to order, inspect, trim and arrange the stamps.

I don’t collect for value. It’s just something to pass the time and I enjoy it. I’m a collector by nature and I like order.

I think I have endless patience. Sometimes it takes me ages to do something that, if I was able, would only take me five or 10 minutes.

Sergio continues to visit the Men’s Shed twice a month. Incidentally Terry collects stamps too and Sergio often trades with him or gives him duplicates.

The other duplicates are sent to the UK via Sergio’s sister to go to charity, so that people with a disability can sell them and make money.

Terry started the ball rolling again and I’m so grateful. I think I’ve given away nearly a million stamps over the years. I understand the situation these people are in.

Social connection

As well as visiting his mates at the shed, Sergio also travels to Touhy House every day for a meal and to see his mates. This is where his mum lived before she passed, and Sergio has a special connection to the staff and residents.

I got special permission to keep going there every day. I have a meal and visit with the residents. Some of them have no one.

But for Sergio he has a full life.

Full of friends, full of giving, full of purpose. And stamps!

Rise services

Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

ball pit astro house

Ball pit provides hours of fun for everyone

Who said a ball pit is just for kids?!

Astro House recently hired a ball pit, and everyone from those who live there to our staff had a blast in it!

Ball pit a blast

Chris, Ashley, Lindsay, Joshua and Mason all live at the house, which we call “Astro Boys”.

The house is in the Swan area and caters for a range of abilities.

The guys get up to some amazing adventures. They’ve taken part in

  • a colour run
  • skydiving
  • trike trips along the beach
  • sat in Army tankers.

And that is just the short list from the past two years!

House Leader Mandy said the ball pit was a huge hit.

We hired the pit for the week. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more – the guys or the staff!

At Rise, we celebrate diversity and create communities that shine!

Rise celebrates diversity

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


Jess volunteers

Jess loves volunteering and meeting new people

Every week, Jess generously donates her time by volunteering at Rise.

She has a busy weekly schedule – including working in a op shop, going horse riding and catching up with friends.

So we are lucky to have her smiling face around!

Jess loves volunteering

Volunteer coordinator Lisa Begley said Jess is a unique volunteer because she has support with her.

When Jess was in high school her mum approached us to see if there were any positions available.

It formed part of her high school curriculum to volunteer.

Jess is an absolute delight and continues to volunteer, even though she has now finished school.

She loves to attend our volunteer events.

Jess’ support worker Annette said the pair delivered meals to people in the Armadale area each week.

Jess loves volunteering and loves delivering meals – it’s her favourite day of the week! We’ve been delivering for around a year and a half. She loves meeting new people.

We love Jess’s community spirit! She was also a good sport and recently took part in a photo shoot. It was for our Celebrating People Book 2016-2017.

This coffee table book contains stories from our staff, volunteers and clients. The stories are from across the whole organisation. You can get a copy at our head office – 12 Leslie Road Middle Swan.

Volunteering at Rise

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 email lisa.begley@risenetwork.com.au.