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men's Shed

New Men’s Shed program to help build connections

Rise has started a new Men’s Shed program to help build connections and friendships.

At the Talus Social program in Armadale, we provide lots of activities for the aged.

Need for a Men’s Shed

However, a gap was identified for programs specifically for men.

Men’s Program Coordinator Tony Phipps said the program was aimed at men who were at risk of becoming socially isolated.

The Men’s Shed is a safe place where men can meet others, enjoy their company and work on special projects too.

As well as meeting at the shed, we will offer excursions and other activities. The best bit is what we do will be driven by our guests.

Mateship and more

The men’s Shed will run from our centre on Talus Drive in Mt Richon.

Coffee, tea and lunch are included in the cost of attendance. HACC eligible clients can participate in the program.

A small launch party was held for the new program recently, with dozens of people having a chance to check out the shed.

For more information please contact Tony on 0437 587 615 or Tony.Phipps@risenetwork.com.au


Rise Aged Care

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

Seniors week

Seniors Week full of fun and laughter

Rise has celebrated Seniors Week 2017 with fun, laughter, and several tears as well.

All of our social centres combined for two great days out.

Seniors Week a hit

At Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield, staff organised a cultural day.

Guests enjoyed dancing by students at Hampton Senior High School. They also heard from law student and dancer Bree Yarran. Bree went on a journey to trace her family heritage, leading to a mission in the state’s south west. This was turned into a documentary, which was shown to guests. A few tears were shed as it was such a moving story of strength and resilience.

Bree’s family was at the cultural day and shared many artifacts and photographs. Our guests then enjoyed kangaroo tail stew and other traditional foods. There was a huge buzz in the air on the day.

cultural day

Armadale enjoys food trucks

Later in the week, all the centres combined again for a day out in Armadale. Guests enjoyed a sausage sizzle lunch, with an ice cream van and coffee van providing tasty treats!

In the afternoon there was quizzes galore and lots of prizes to be won. It was fabulous to see all the centres join together so people could make new friends.

seniors week

Rise aged care services

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


Charles matchsticks

Matchsticks a life-long hobby for Charles

Rise client Charles Mackey has always used his hands to make things. As a fitter and turner by trade, it’s just something that comes naturally to him.

So 50 years ago when his wife was using matches to light the gas stove, he saw an opportunity.

His wife would save the matchsticks in a tin, and when there was a big enough pile, Charles would make things. Lots of things.

It started with a tray. Then coasters. Cars, and trains. And he creates pieces on a grand scale too, making several coffee table tops in his time and using up to 5000 matchsticks a piece.

He meticulously lines up the matchsticks, creating square patterns on an MDF board. Once the pattern is complete, the matchsticks are sanded, smoothed, varnished and protected. Hours and hours of fiddly work.

His favourite piece is a replica of the childhood house he grew up in.

I grew up in Queensland in an old house on stilts, with stairs out the back and the front. I copied the design from a picture I had.

Enter Parkinson’s Disease

Twenty two years ago, Charles was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. For a bloke in a physical job, tremors were not ideal. He loved his career, working in both the Weetbix and Marmite factories here in Perth after a transfer from the east.

But combined with balance problems it was too dangerous for Charles to continue and he was forced into early retirement at 46 years of age.

Charles persevered with his matchstick creations for a while.

The shaking and involuntary movements got too much and I got frustrated. I had to stop.

Deep brain stimulation

Charles was told by his doctor that he was a prime candidate for deep brain stimulation. Nine years ago a small device was inserted under the skin near his right clavicle. Wires run up his neck into his skull. For Charles, it’s been a life changer.

It pulses at 130 pulses a minute, but you can’t feel it. I have a controller so I can turn it off and on but I leave it on, which is what my doctor told me. It changed everything and the tremors stopped. I could go back to doing everything again, just like before.

Charles was able to continue building things at home. They converted the garage to a fifth bedroom where he and his wife share a craft room. He got back into the shed to enjoy using the wood and metal lathes there. And he returned to making matchstick creations, which he finds relaxing.

There’s been a few bumps along this journey, with flat batteries in the stimulator landing Charles is hospital and seeing a return of the tremors until he could get in for surgery.

Respite care

Two or three times a year, Charles travels to Milperra Cottage in Mount Helena for a little rest and relaxation. He gets spoilt and looked after by our staff, while his wife gets a mini break too.

Here amongst the leafy surrounds, Charles enjoys the chance to crack on with some matchstick art and reading, while making new friends staying at Milperra.

Life ahead for Charles and his wife holds lots of promise. While they are downsizing and selling the family home and shed, their new house is closer to one of their three children. And their youngest grandchild of seven, who they look after once a week.

Charles has a great hobby he continues using his hands for, and his mind ticking over. All possible thanks to modern medicine.

Rise aged care

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

cook peter anderton

New social centre cook gets five star reviews

The new cook at Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield is getting the thumbs up from our members.

From July 1 Rise took over Home and Community Care (HACC) services. These were previously run by City of Kalamunda.

New cook on the block

Cath Masters was appointed to run the kitchen in July. She has been impressing our members ever since!

Cath loves cooking a variety of food for morning and afternoon teas, and lunch.

I’m definitely a desserts person and love to bake cakes and biscuits. My favourite dish to cook though is lasagna, I’m a big pasta fan.

Program Coordinator Wendy Grivell said food was important for everyone. She said some simple changes at the centre made for a more enjoyable dining experience for members.

We are about showing people that we care and they are special. We’ve got new tablecloths, plates and staff sit down with members to eat.

Cath loves cooking slices, cakes and scones, as well as petite fours. A lot of people said they have already put on weight and will have to start watching their figure!

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for the aged, people with a disability, mental health and youth. For more information visit our website.

Get Away club 20 years

Get Away Club celebrates 20 years

Rise’s Get Away Club celebrated it’s 20th year of operation this week!

Formed in 1997, the group aims to get active seniors out and enjoying Perth and surrounds.

Members range from 50 to 100 years and enjoy a variety of excursions, including overnight and longer stays.

20 year celebration

The 20 year anniversary of the club was marked with a morning tea at Wahroonga social centre in Mundaring.

Members came together to mark the occasions, viewing photo albums from past years. They also had fun finding their names on an embroidered tablecloth.

Current program planner Marilla Pierson said the group had around 40 members.

I often say how much I love my job. I get to work with the most friendly and fun-loving people you could work with.

Our next holiday is in September, a wildflower holiday up to Geraldton.

Get Away club 20 years

Get Away foundations

Sally Roberts was one of the founding members of the club. She also spoke of her happy memories of years past.

They are some of the happiest years. We had a lot of fun and did a lot of fun things.

The oldest member of the Get Away club is Vicky Turner at the ripe age of 99 years. We’re sure she has some tales to tell from past years!

Rise Aged Care

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

shower renovation hazel

Small shower upgrade makes big difference

A small upgrade to their bathroom has made a big difference to the lives of a Stoneville couple.

Owen Richards has received services from Rise for a number of years.

His wife Hazel said twice a week support workers assisted with showering.

bathroon renovation

Shower upgrades

Recently Hazel became aware that they had unspent allocated funding they could use for home modification or equipment.

To make life easier for Owen, they decided to renovate the shower.

Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) carried out the upgrade, which included removing the hob. The glass frame was also replaced with shatter proof glass and new tiles with drainage slope installed.

Hazel said the upgrade had made a big difference.

Owen can walk straight in now, and doesn’t need to to step up to get in the shower.

It has helped a lot and made it much easier. We’re very happy.

In addition to support services, Owen also attends our respite house in Mount Helena several times a year. This is a great change of scenery for Owen and a chance to meet new friends.

Rise aged care

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

craft prep for Mundaring markets stall

Seniors get crafty for Mundaring markets

Members across three Rise social centres have been busy making craft for the upcoming Mundaring markets.

Rise will host a stall at the Sunday Mundaring Markets on Sunday 13th August.

Social centres get busy

Rise will set up a stall outside Wahroonga, a social centre on Craig Street in Mundaring.

Various arts and crafts made by our members will be available for sale. Items include heat bags, scarves, beanies, drink coasters, aprons and lots more.

Aged Care Coordinator Jackie Quinn said members were looking forward to the market, which is a yearly activity.

All our craft is made by our savvy seniors, sometimes with the help of our staff and volunteers. The three combined social centres Wahroonga, Centenary House and Moorditj Mia are all part of this activity.

Our proceeds go back toward buying more craft supplies for our clients to get started on the craft stall for the next year.

Mundaring markets

As well as craft for sale, market attendees will be able to purchase a Devonshire tea for $4.50. This will be available from inside Wahroonga social centre’s kitchen, which is a great chance for people to see our facility.

The market runs from 9am – 1pm on Nichol and Craig streets in Mundaring. There are a variety of stalls including plants, food and general items.

Aged care services

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

Christmas in July peter Anderton

Santa drops in for Christmas in July

Santa took time out of his busy day to celebrate Christmas in July in Forrestfield this week.

Day guests at Rises’s Peter Anderton Centre were treated to a winter wonderland.

Christmas celebrations

Aged Care program Manager Skye Stevens said it was a wonderful day.

Our guests had so much fun. They enjoyed a roast lunch and took part in various activities.

There were big smiles on a lot of faces.

Fun and games

Some of the fun activities included painting, craft and hockey. This was topped by a visit from Santa himself. Along with his helper, Santa handed out presents to the guests.

Peter Anderton Centre

Shire of Kalamunda Council recently made a decision to transfer its community care services to an external provider. From 1st July 2017 Rise commenced operating the Peter Anderton Centre. The Shire’s existing 725 HACC recipients, staff and volunteers will be given the opportunity to transition to Rise. You can read more here.

live lighter

Clients get help to Live Lighter

Dozens of senior citizens took part in a Live Lighter activity day last week and learned more about Rise services.

The Live Lighter Seniors Information Activity Day was hosted by Shire of Mundaring and Seniors Recreation Council of WA

It was held at The Hub of the Hills in Mundaring.

Rise services

Rise displayed information for seniors to learn more about our services. Aged care coordinator Kerryn Swan said it was great to chat to people about our programs.

There was interest in the getaway club and our days centres in Mundaring and Koongamia. It was a great day out for people to see available services and activities in the area.

Our friends in the sector also attended, including Avivo and Mercycare.

Fun for all to live lighter

Seniors enjoyed numerous activities as carpet bowls, seated hockey and shuffle ball. They were also able to try out Xbox Kinect. Morning tea and lunch were provided. for guests.

The local Country Women’s Association, Chidlow spinners and insurance also had displays.

Aged care services

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

exercise group

Exercise group keeps seniors active

An exercise group run by Rise in Mundaring is helping people stay fit and active in their senior years.

The group started in 2009 and runs at The Hub of the Hills. This is a community facility next to our social centre, Wahroonga.

Instructors Tina and Melanie lead two classes a week with up to 10 people attend each session. Tina said the classes lasts for an hour and are followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat.

This has been a great opportunity to help boost fitness and improve the group’s confidence. Anyone can have a go, in a totally safe and fun environment.

Sheila (75) and Jenny (83) enjoy the exercise group.

Tina our instructor is so inclusive, and doesn’t’ mind if you need a little sit down.  She understands if you get tired.

Health and wellbeing at Rise

At Rise, this group is just one part of a whole health and well being package. Aged Care participants can get help and guidance on emotional well-being and nutrition. There is also an opportunity to join in a regular swimming group to stay fit.

The cost of the exercise group is $6 and it is both HACC and non HACC funded.

Aged Care

Rise Community Network provides numerous aged care services. This includes social centres, personal care and in-home support. For more information click here.