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NDS aboriginal standards

Rise demonstrates its awareness of Aboriginal Standards

National Disability Services (NDS) recognises that Aboriginal people with a disability have the same rights as other individuals with a disability. Some of our clients at one of our Disability houses have created a board (shown above) which displays the NDS Aboriginal Standards.

The NDS standards help to communicate with Aboriginal people and their families and to ensure that the Aboriginal community is treated with respect. They also ensure that their culture is kept alive within their homes.

At Rise, we take part in Aboriginal cultural awareness training which enables all staff to have a better understanding of the culture. We respect the rights for our clients to practice and keep their culture alive. Our teams encourages inclusion within the Aboriginal community along with maintaining family contact.

swimming pool people with disability

In Your Neighbourhood

With individualised funding from Disability Services Commission and the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), people with disability and their family and other supporters have never had more flexibility, choice and control over how, when and where they use their funding to help them to achieve their goals.

With this greater flexibility in mind, our People with Disability team undertook a six month review of our service and supervision structure asking one simple question: ‘If we were to design our service from scratch to embed flexibility, choice and control and implement great supports, what would we keep and what would we change?’

On reviewing the opportunities and challenges an early decision was to create an integrated approach by removing programmatic (or funding) silos within our division. Simply put, rather than have four funded programs (Supported Accommodation, Individualised Services, Leisure Focus and Respite), led by different staff, we would establish one functional team, the People with Disability Team.  Importantly this recognised that people with disability do not live a life defined by funded support or line-items, they live a life defined by who they are as a person and what they choose to do.

Once the team took this approach it presented principles to guide how our services could be designed to help people we support live a good life.  These principles included:

  • Ensuring we understand the holistic needs of the people we support. Who is in their life, what is important to them, what they are hoping to accomplish, and what we can do through day to day support to help them achieving long term goals
  • Establishing localised neighbourhoods where services are coordinated and delivered within the homes and community of the people we support rather than by supervisors in a distant office. This enables localised decisions based around the people we support and put in place in the community in which they live
  • Better communication with the people we support, family, carers and staff by providing a Neighbourhood team leader as a single and local point of contact, and importantly someone who is part of their community and an active part in the design and monitoring of their services and support
  • Localised supervision, training and support for our front line staff that is part of day-to-day services. This means we put the people we support at the centre of decision making, give them quality services, strong links with the local community and focus on their goals and outcomes

The Neighbourhood model helps us to connect people with disability, their family and other supporters with their local community because we are part of it!

We know outcomes are more meaningful and sustainable when they are achieved in the homes and communities of the people we support, and now we have a service and structure that helps us to achieve it.

Justin O’Meara Smith

Divisional Manager – People with Disability

people enjoying decorating the gum nuts

Sunflower Sunday brings happiness to families

When Therapy Focus, one of our partner organisations, asked us to come along and join them at their annual Sunflower Sunday in April, we jumped at the chance.

The event was held at the Point Walter Recreational Camp on Sunday 10 April. The event was aimed towards families and children of all abilities and there were lots of activities planned which would enable everyone to take part and have some fun.

Our team from People with Disability headed up by Justin O’Meara-Smith arrived on the fortunately dry day armed with art and craft materials ready for the families and attending to create something wonderful.

Justin O'Meara-Smith ready to get creative at our Sunflower Therapy Focus stall

Justin, ready to get creative at our Sunflower Therapy Focus stall

Some of our clients had painted gum nuts in a variety of bright colours. The gum nuts were to be the focal point of our stand – the families and children would turn them into gum nut people.

Gum nut people created at the Sunflower Therapy Focus stall

Gum nut people created at the Sunflower Therapy Focus stall

Families put their creativity to the test whilst decorating our gum nuts at our Sunflower Therapy Focus stall.

Families put their creativity to the test whilst decorating our gum nuts at our Sunflower Therapy Focus stall.

Everyone we met reported that they were having a great time as there was so much for everyone to see and do.

Congratulations Therapy Focus for another wonderful Sunflower Sunday ‬celebration and thank you for letting us be a part of it. It was so much fun meeting the children and families you support.

James' chair outside

Creative clients will see their artwork on display in exhibition

Last spring, we told you about two of the young people we support with Individual Services getting creative at the local Fusion Art Project. James Sharpin and Ashley Deany created some fabulous artwork during the workshop, so much so that two of the pieces will be on display at the Mundaring Fusion Art Project Exhibition.

James and Ashley used spray paint to create designs on chairs and these chairs, as well as other pieces of artwork from the boys, will be on display.

James' chair and Ashley's chair on display

James’ chair and Ashley’s chair on display

Why not pay a visit to the Mundaring Fusion Art Project Exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre from 27 May to 26 June to take a look at the wonderful art on display.

James and Ashley

James Sharpin’s and Ashley Deany’s artwork will be on display at the Fusion Art Project Exhibition in June


Kind donations turn a house into a home for one client

donation of towels, sheets and rugs displayed on tableLast week, our Leisure Focus Coordinator, Kristel Prosper, sent out an email to Rise staff. She was on the hunt for donations to help a lady supported by People with Disability who has recently moved into her own house along with her lovely dog, Timmy. Kirstel asked for various items to help this lady to furnish her home and get started with this new stage in her life.

Thanks to the kindness of Rise staff, this lady was over the moon to receive a variety of very generous donations. The items donated were mostly brand new with their tags on and included things like towels, sheets, bathroom items and a lovely rug for her lounge.

Kristel said

I would like to thanks everyone who donated for their kind heart and for brightening someone’s life. This lady’s life hasn’t been easy for years but she is a real battler and having so much care from people is light at end of the tunnel. The smile on her face when she saw how much she was given was priceless, so thank you.

Thank you all for your generosity.

Josh sitting in one of the cars at the show smiling at the camera

A Grand Day Out

One of the people we support recently enjoyed a grand day out. Our People with Disability support worker Ian, tells the story.

About Josh

Josh is 25 years old has Downs Syndrome. He moved into one of our properties last year.

Josh loves outside life and trips out and about are the highlight of his day. He also loves dancing, music, movies, art and visiting the beach.

A trip to Perth’s biggest car show

Ian says,

At about 10am on a sunny Saturday in February, Josh and I set off for Perth’s biggest car show, Big Al’s Poker Run. Josh enjoyed the drive along the river and past the city.

Josh posing in front of one of the cars at the show

Once we arrived we went for a walk and looked at many cars, about 700 I have been told.

Lunch followed. This is always a highlight for Josh and he enjoyed a hot dog and chips.

After lunch we had another walk and by about early afternoon Josh was exhausted so it was time for home. Josh had a nice sleep on the way back and a good day was had by all.

Josh posing in front of one of the cars at the show

Young people around table with Rise staff member standing supporting and helping

Boomerangs, toy cars and lasting friendships

Thanks to financial support from the Shire of Mundaring, young people with a disability or who are socially isolated have a chance to come together over the school holidays to try out different activities.

CEO, Justine Colyer, put up her hand to help with one of the groups who were painting toys, such as cars and boomerangs, handmade by the local Men’s Shed.

The very cheerful Kristel Prosper from People with Disability coordinates the program and kept us all organised and entertained.

And the best result from the day – aside from finding out what happens when you throw four boomerangs at once – is the friendships those who attended are making which will extend well beyond the program.

Well done Kristel!

Partnership offers opportunities for clients

This week, the team from Rise visited the TADWA (Technology Assisting Disability WA) offices in Bassendean to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement means that both organisations agree to work together to provide better support for our clients.

Our services fit really well together; with Rise providing community support services for older people, people with disability, at-risk young people, people with mental health issues and care givers and TADWA providing solutions for independence and safety for people with disabilities, older people and carers.

The agreement was signed by TADWA CEO Bob Whitaker and our CEO, Justine Colyer. George Scotcher, a client of both organisations, also attended and signed the agreement.

Justine Colyer, George Scotcher and Bob Whitaker in front of the Rise and TADWA signage smiling at the camera

Mr Scotcher receives regular domestic assistance from Rise, and last year, TADWA installed custom steps with hand rails to enable him to access his home safely and independently. He was very keen to play an important part in the proceedings, fondly describing his attendance at the event as feeling like he was “the meat in the sandwich”. He enthusiastically shared stories about his new steps that TADWA had installed and didn’t miss the opportunity to drop in that he was in the market for some modifications to his bathroom and possibly also some help with a computer so he’d be able to Skype with his family; both areas that TADWA can help with.

The formal signing was followed by a tour of the TADWA workshop, which gave our team a great opportunity to see some of the bespoke items and modifications TADWA produce, including beach trekkers for people with disability and refurbished computers, complete with training workshops for people needing extra help getting to grips with the technology.

Collage of 6 images showing the tour around the TADWA workshop

After a light lunch, the teams shared some videos of their client’s stories so that each organisation could get a better understanding of the services provided and the results of those services.

Justine presenting Bob with flowers and a card

Justine Colyer said, “TADWA is a highly respected provider of equipment and technology and our relationship with them will be of enormous value to the people we support.”

In agreement, Bob Whitaker said, “Our partnership with Rise will only bring greater outcomes to clients such as Mr Scotcher. We are excited to see the possibilities and opportunities this offers to the people who matter most, our clients.”

Rise banner, TADWA signage and MOU certificate on table in front

Rise CEO swaps cookery tips for basketball skills

Jimmy hanging out with the Lynx mascotJimmy Sharpin and his friends had just made a tasty demonstration lunch, as part of Rise’s cooking skills program, for our CEO, Justine Colyer, when he started to chat about his beloved basketball.

It was clear that Jimmy was going to have to be the guest of honour for the complimentary corporate basketball package courtesy of @perthlynx.

Jimmy and Justine in front of the player posters

Justine’s knowledge of the game extended to knowing it involved baskets and balls but Jimmy patiently talked her through the rules and the players until she was cheering and singing (tragically) along with the most avid fans.

Are you the right person to join our Supported Accommodation Relief Pool?

man sitting on sofa with lady standing to the left of the image in the doorway talking to himPeople with Disability have launched an exciting new Relief Pool in order to cover staff leave and we are looking for people with the right experience to join us..

We are looking for motivated staff to assist people we support within Supported Accommodation, the person’s own home and in the community.

Ideally, you will be a “jack of all trades”  As a minimum, you must be medication competent.  Other desirable skills includes being peg competent, capable of driving a hoist bus, knowledge of how to transport supported individuals in their wheelchair and experience with challenging behaviours.

Please note that any shifts picked up in the relief pool must comply with the Award.

If you are looking for a variety of experiences and are interested in more information about the relief pool, please contact Trish Springall on (08) 6274 3765.