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CEO Sleepout

Rise CEO shivers through her tenth cold night

Rise CEO, Justine, shivered through a cold night to raise funds to support people experiencing homelessness. It was Justine’s tenth year participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Over $5,600 was raised – the best of the ten years in which she has participated.

The CEO Sleepout helps bust dated stereotypes and gives people an insight into the causes behind homelessness and the valuable work by many not for profit organisations.

I can think of nothing more important than having a roof over your head to enable you to set the foundations for all other areas of your life like health, work, bringing up a family and just having somewhere safe, warm and dry to go home to at the end of the day.

Justine, wants to thank all those who generously donated to support people dealing with those hardest of struggles…homelessness.

Mental Health

Successful first steps to Support Worker career


Rise Mental Health Services latest Peer Work Course came to a successful conclusion last week with all seven participants graduating.

The course allows people with a lived mental health experience to learn skills and develop an understanding about the mental health industry so that they can start their journey into work as a Peer Support Worker.  Topics included:

  • Goal Setting
  • The Peer Worker–Client Relationship
  • Conducting a Presentation
  • Looking After Your Health

The 6 week course was facilitated by Michael and work placement student Andrea. Michael said

It was amazing to work with seven great students and see their passion for Peer Work. It was a privilege to hear their stories and help them to start their journey as a Peer Worker. I was lucky to have the support of Andrea in co-facilitating the course she was an amazing asset.

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

If you’d like further information about the next Peer Work course, please contact:

Michael at michael.akkermans@risenetwork.com.au or 0417 857 735

Fun-filled school holiday program

The Rise Youth Team have a fun-filled planned for the July Break. 

In the first week the team will run a workshop to teach young people aged 12-17 how to cook some staple dinner foods, and maybe even some fun deserts too! Then they’re off to Ballajura to celebrate NAIDOC with a day of fun activities at The Dungeon Youth Centre.

In the second week, young people will have the opportunity to learn about healthy relationships through fun and engaging workshops – and, if that’s not their thing, there’ll be a dedicated sports workshop running at the same time! Then later that week it’s back to Ballajura for a joint activity run by a number of youth centres across the City of Swan!

To attend, please send through a July Permission Slip to Emily Wilding at Emily.wilding@risenetwork.com.au. Further  information can be found here: Handout for Parents July 2019

For any questions, call Emily on 0448 067 925.

Please note: Spaces are limited for excursions; priority will be given based on the order permission slips are returned.

Aged Care Social Centre

Celebrating a Charming Centenarian

Loving life and full of energy Wilma walks into her Wahroonga social centre with a radiant smile and a charming chuckle that brightens everyone’s day. It is easy to see why so many people turned up to celebrate her 100th birthday.

Aged Care Centre

Wilma still comes into the centre every week immaculately dressed in matching accessories, hair always looking fabulous and with her beautiful smile and warm greeting of “Hello Darling.

We all aspire to be like Wilma, a woman who is independent, strong, enjoys life and can touch her toes at 100. It’s an incredible achievement.

Jackie Quinn

Aged Care Social Center Birthday

Wilma’s mother died when she was young and Wilma grew up in an orphanage. During the War Wilma helped a Jewish girlfriend hide from the Nazi’s and she was sent to a concentration camp for three and a half years. After the war, Wilma and her husband migrated to Australia.

Aged Care Social Centre

Wilma told us so much about her life – from her working in a bridal gown store in Perth sewing the beads and sequins onto the gowns to volunteering at Whiteman Park where one of the tram workshops was named the W Pennenburg as a thank you for her contribution.

Wilma started volunteering with Rise then Hills Community Support Group firstly on the shopping bus and later in the day centre, before becoming a member herself.

Jackie Quinn

Aged Care Social Centre

Today was an opportunity for staff and friends to celebrate their good friend and acknowledge her dedication to her community. The Queen and the Prime Minister of Australia sent a birthday message congratulating Wilma.

Aged Care

Wilma has touched the lives of many people over the past 100 years and her smile and warmth will continue to touch the lives of many people for years to come.

Aged Care Services

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

LGBTI Awareness Training

Opening closets & celebrating people

Almost half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination.

LGBTI Awareness Training

This is one of the facts Katherine and Stevie from Living Proud explained at the recent LGBTI Awareness Training. The training provides Rise staff with valuable information to ensure we provide an inclusive community that supports everyone.

LGBTI Awareness Training

We don’t have to be bound by societies constructs about what we should and shouldn’t be.

Now public perception has shifted and it’s lovely that people want to celebrate with us. There are still struggles but it’s nice people are finding the positives and want to celebrate with us.

LGBTI Awareness Training

Stevie has devoted a lot of time to community service at Living Proud, The Freedom Centre and Lifeline.

People can be a bit scared and getting the information can break down barriers so they are equipped to provide a service that’s more inclusive.

LGBTI Awareness TrainingDo you know what Cisgender means?

A person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex.

Language plays an important role in supporting the LGBTI community. Katherine and Stevie explained the meaning of different words and the importance of using inclusive language that is respectful to how people describe their own bodies, gender and relationships.

Organisations are starting to realise some of their clients and staff are LGBTI. It’s important that their services are inclusive and individuals can be their whole self at work.

Rise services

Rise celebrates people from all walks of life. We provide support services for aged care, disability, mental health and youth. Find out more on this link.


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.


National Reconciliation Week at Rise

Rise’s marked National Reconciliation Week with music, dancing and discussions that connected the community with Aboriginal history and culture. Listening to the Elders and hearing their stories gives us the opportunity to learn about our shared histories and consider how we can contribute to a unified future.

The Moorditj Mob from Wesley College shared their culture at Yirra Mia and our Arts Hub.

Owning your History

We also aired the powerful film by young Noongar dancer, Brianne Yarran. Brianne is the daughter of Rise’s Moorditj Mia Program Coordinator, Sherri. Her film includes the Moorditj Mia Elders group.

From The Western Frontier Series 3 – Owning Your History (Trailer) from Metamorflix on Vimeo.

The film shares Brianne’s journey to create a solo dance routine that tells her Nannas’ Stolen Generation story.
Brianne has always known that her three Nannas were part of the Stolen Generations but she never truly understood what this meant and how it impacted on their lives. To do their story justice and to create a powerful dance piece, she must go on a difficult journey to learn the truth of their experience.

Brianne introduced her film with a solo dance routine.

Street Banner Project

Rise was a proud sponsor of the street banner project by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
We had Reconciliation Week banners displayed throughout the city.

Reconciliation Banner

At Rise, we believe that Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Volunteer Week

Celebrating Our Volunteers

We had a fantastic week celebrating our volunteers for National Volunteer Week. Over 120 people attended our breakfasts throughout Perth.

I love it! I’ve been volunteering for 12 years.

They’re all lovely people. I get more out of it than what they do. Just being there to help them in lots of areas. Their loved ones don’t have to worry when they are with us.

Volunteer Week

Volunteers were given a hand painted pot plant designed by the creative people at Rise’s Arts Hub.


Volunteer Week

Greg designed Rise’s Thank You cards. He’s been attending the Arts Hub for 21 years and he’s a mad Fremantle Dockers fan!

Thanks to Volunteering WA and Lotterywest for their generous support of our breakfast events throughout Perth.

More information

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.

Youth Services School holidays

A Celebration of Youth during the school holidays

During the April School Holidays the Youth Team and the young people at the Stratton Edge Youth Centre had a blast at a number of different events.

In the first week, Freestyle Now came out to teach the young people new skate, scooter, and BMX tricks at the SkateJam event. Later that week, the youth team trekked it up to Ellenbrook to attend Nowfest. This fantastic event planned and run by the talented young leaders in the Swan area included live music, movies and a colour run.

Youth Services School holidays


In the second week they welcomed Fair Game down to Stratton Oval to run a sports workshop with our young people, in which they had the chance to hone their basketball skills. On the Friday, as a send off to the holidays, we went to Hog’s Breath Café for dinner and then saw the epic Avengers: End Game.

The young people absolutely loved the movie, with the lowest rating being 7/10!

Rise provides a number of services for young people. This includes a youth centre, safe house and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Learn more here.


Aged Care Anzac Day

Yirra Mia commemorates the ANZAC’s

Clients and staff at Rise’s southern social centre, Yirra Mia stopped on Thursday to pay their respects to those who served on behalf of all Australians and New Zealanders. After playing The Last Post a minute’s silence was observed to remember those impacted by the tragedy of war.

Aged Care ANZAC Day 2

The group then visited their local war memorial to lay a wreath.

“It was touching to have clients and staff come together within the centre to pay their respects. Everyone understands the sacrifices that our war heroes made, and the legacy in which they have left behind over 100 years later and it was a privilege to be present there today!” (Aleesha)

If you would like to find out more about our services for older Australians call 6274 3799 or visit this link.