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family fun day wahroonga 2017

Family fun day a hit with all ages

A family fun day held at Mundaring this week proved popular for all ages.

Social centre attendees from Wahroonga and Centenerary traveled to Mundaring for the event.

School holiday family fun

A family fun day is held every two years and allows families to come together.

Coordinator Aged Care Centre Based Services Jackie Quinn said the event was held during school holidays.

The fun day is open to all day centre members and their families. Activities included Easter craft for the kids, face painting, cuddly animal farm, fortune teller and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny.

Lunch was a sausage sizzle with an ice-cream van, a popcorn machine and bagged fairy floss.

Both young and old were enjoying cuddles from the animals. The Easter Bunny also proved popular and people were lining up to have their photo with him. Fortune teller Mystique was also a hit, with people enjoying having their cards read.

You can see the photo gallery here.

Aged care services

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

Sunflower Sunday

Art activities popular at Sunflower Sunday

Hundreds of children enjoyed a great day out at Sunflower Sunday, taking part in art activities.

Sunflower Sunday is an annual event coordinated by Rise’s partner Therapy Focus.

Art activities

Rise had a stall at the event on Sunday 9th April. With help from Creative Arts by Rise, an art activity was run.

Children where able to colour and create their own pinwheel. It was quick and easy and proved very popular.

Children from the ages of two to 10 enjoyed making the craft.

Sunflower Sunday

The all abilities event in Bicton had fun for the whole family. There was face painting, a flying fox, inflatable obstacle course, silent disco and more.

The weather was warm and sunny, creating a great day out for the whole family.

Supporting people

Rise supports people with a disability. We had lots of information at our stall. You can find out more on our website here.

air fryer

Girls get healthy eating help with air fryer donation

A generous donation to Kira House of air fryers is helping young girls to eat healthy food safely.

Kira House is a safe house run by Rise. It helps young women fleeing unsafe situations.

Air fryer safety

Rise Program Coordinator Dale Heyward said staff recent attended fire warden training where the danger associated with deep frying was highlighted at the training.

The young girls at Kira House are learning how to cook healthy food and Smith’s Automotive Parts offered the solution to the deep frying dilemma by purchasing the two air fryers.

The residents can keep safe and healthy. No more deep frying and no more hot oil fire risk!

Dale said the donation was gratefully received. Many of the young women at Kira House have children, so an air fryer provides a safer method of cooking.

Kira House

Kira House is a safe and confidential 24-hour crisis house for young women aged between 14 and 18 years who are leaving a violent family or domestic situation. The young women are supported and prepared for everyday and future goals. Read more here.

Rise shines at ACSWA state conference

Rise was proud to be a sponsor of a recent aged care conference in Joondalup.

Aged and Community Services Western Australia (ACSWA) hosted their 2017 state conference at Joondalup Resort on 30th and 31st March.

Aged care conference

Rise Aged Care Program Manager, Andrea Kelly said the conference was a valuable and timely opportunity for networking and workshopping the current issues all providers face following the reforms that continue to change the way we deliver aged care services.

Recent aged care changes give clients more choice around who provides their services.

The team at Rise welcome and we encourage our clients to take maximum advantage of this.

Proud sponsor

Rise was a proud conference sponsor and we loved the look of our logo on every delegates lanyard.  Our aged care team welcomed hundreds of people at the booth, giving us the opportunity to discuss our services and share our stories. Andrea Kelly commented

It was a delight to see such positive reaction to our Celebrating People book – I have a real sense of pride in the team at Rise.

Aged care services

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

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Swimming group a great social workout

Rise CEO Justine Colyer joined in the fun of a new swimming exercise group recently.

The club runs on Wednesdays in Mundaring. It was an initiative of Rise staff based in Mundaring. People can take part in low impact exercise, before going for lunch at a local cafe.

CEO swims in

Justine joined the group for their third class. Currently there are six members, with space for a few more. Members are picked up, before they travel to Club Sierra. Activities include walking in the pool, doing some low impact exercises and also enjoying the spa and sauna.

The staff were great with the group; there was no rigid structure to the session but they kept introducing new activities that people could opt in or out of as they felt comfortable. Because it was all fun, we exercised without realising it.

More than exercise

Justine said that while the physical benefits were great, friendship, fun and socialisation were also important.

I love spending time with the social groups for our older citizens. They are open to having fun and don’t take themselves too seriously; they just throw themselves into things.

For some of them in the swimming group, it took some time for them to decide to join either through ill health or lack of confidence but everyone I spoke to on the day was glad they had.

Swimming group mundaring rise

Aged care services

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

Philip Bascombe Creative arts by rise

Philip loves creating colourful artwork

Philip Bascombe loves creating beautiful artworks. Each week he visits Creative Arts by Rise and makes fun, colourful pieces.

Philip has been a guest at Rise for several months now. He visits each Thursday and has been working in the painting room.

Unique style

Each artwork Philip produces is vibrant and quirky. He uses a variety of mediums to create different scenes. Rise employee Lynne Palmer has been working with Philip in the art room.

Philip is very engaged here and just gets on with the activities. He has a lot of friends here. He normally uses coloured pencils and some watercolours. Recently he tried some paints for the first time.

Music, travelling and cars

Philip is a well travelled man who draws art inspiration from past holidays and his interests.

I like painting and I do drawings at home of houses, buildings and cars. I love American cars.

The knowledge Philip has of cars is amazing. He lists Trans Ams, Pontiacs and Corvettes amongst his favourites. Peter Brock, Dick Johnson and Alan Moffat are some of the drivers he will happily chat about.

Each Thursday in the art room guests can submit a song request for ‘Throwback Thursdays’. Lynne said Philip absolutely loves music.

Creative Arts by Rise

Creative Arts by Rise, formerly Creative And Therapy Activities, is based in Warwick. Numerous activities are held here. These include:

  • Painting
  • Woodwork
  • Knitting
  • Pottery
  • Excursions

Creative Arts by Rise was formally Creative And Therapy Activities (CATA). CATA merged with Rise in 2016. You can read more about the merger here.

craft group Rise

Craft groups thrives in new home

A craft group run by Rise now has a new space to call home.

The group started in 1994 to provide activities and social interaction for women with mild intellectual disabilities. The group now caters for men and women with differing levels of ability. More than 20 people attend and take part in activities such as knitting, painting, pom pom making and drawing.

Developing skills

The craft group is a skills development program which gives the members the ability to achieve something on their own, to learn, to grow and to make choices.

Disabilities Coordinator Kristel Prosper said the group impacted on member’s lives in various ways.

It is a social gathering where long life friendship and companionship has been formed. A sense of belongings and purpose has been developed where they all feel accepted, valued, listened and respected.

Its is also an ’emotional get away’ for many of the members in difficult times. The group feels they are in a safe place to air emotions, personal concerns and for autonomy. The emotional support among the group has helped many to overcome challenges and become independent.

New home for the craft group

The group now meets at St Mary’s Anglican Church Hall in Middle Swan each Wednesday and Thursday. This brings some stability to the group, which has had to move many times over the years.

The group is now set up and ready to create beautiful art once again.

People with Disability

Rise provides numerous services for people with disability. Read more here.

Sharlene volunteer driver

Drivers needed in the hills area

Rise’s Transport Department is seeking volunteer drivers to help clients get to appointments safely, and on time.

Drivers are gold dust

Rise clients often need to get to medical appointments, or maybe to the hairdresser to freshen up. Taxis are a cost many clients can’t afford and the public transport system is not always accommodating.

This is where our valued volunteers fill the gap and help our aged care clients.

Fitting into your schedule

At Rise we appreciate any time you can spare us and we want to fit into your schedule. Volunteers give us anything from one day a fortnight through to three days per week. We do our best to accommodate anyone who wants to help.

Volunteer drivers can choose to be reimbursed for using their own vehicle, or use a Rise vehicle instead.

More than just driving

Transport officer Sharlene Mirco said many volunteers said they enjoyed the experience.

Volunteers get to meet some wonderful people who have amazing stories to tell. Our clients are always saying how much they appreciate everything our volunteers do and they don’t know what they would do without them. Volunteering may be about giving back, but it also makes you feel good.

The Transport Department is located in Mundaring. If you or anyone you know are interested in volunteering with the Transport Department please contact Sharlene Mirco on 6274 3745 or click here.

Wahroonga craft bunnings mundaring rise

Bunnings helps Wahroonga get crafty

Guests at Wahroonga enjoyed decorating some beautiful pots last week, thanks to help from Bunnings.

Wahroonga is a social centre located in Mundaring. Guests enjoy activities including excursions, craft and more.

Community service

Hardware store Bunnings provide helpers to run craft activities with community groups.

Program Coordinator Jackie Quinn said the ladies came armed with pots, decorations and other materials. The activity was held on Tuesday 14 March.

We decorated a terracotta pot with gem stones and then planted some seedlings in the pot. You can see the concentration and enjoyment on the faces of the guests.

Jackie said the guests really enjoyed the activity, with men getting involved too.

One of the gentlemen was adamant at the beginning of the craft session that he would only sit and watch, but he joined in and had a wonderful time.

Wahroonga craft bunnings mundaring rise

Social centres

Wahroonga is one of three social centres operated by Rise. The centres in Koongamia and Mundaring adapt programs to suit guests. There is transport available to the centres. A healthy morning tea, lunch and dessert are served to guests. For more information click here.

Milperra widget the beagle Rise

Widget returns to Milperra after adventure

Widget the stuffed toy beagle has finally returned home after a lengthy adventure. Rise is trying to find his adopted family to thank them for his care and return.

Milperra Cottage in Mount Helena is an aged care respite facility. While there are chickens outside to feed and collect eggs, stuffed animals provide company inside.

Aged care coordinator Karen Wittcomb said the dog set off on his adventure in August 2016.

Widget was dropped on the verge outside Milperra Cottage. When staff went back to pick him up he’d gone. He was such a great dog, greeting everyone as they entered the cottage. In fact he was missed so much we decided to put out missing posters in the community for him.

Widget returns

Last week Widget made his way home after the loving carers saw the poster about Widget on the fence at Milperra. Karen said Rise staff and guests had never given up hope of his return.

A couple had seen Widget on the roadside and thought he was for verge collection so they had given him a home. He did have fun in his new home and became much loved by the new family. However, last week, on seeing the poster they very kindly brought him back to us. We are thrilled to have him back! He is now sitting in his favourite spot on the couch, ready to greet guests once more into respite.

Karen said in the excitement of seeing Widget once again, a support worker forgot to get the details of the family who returned Widget. Rise is searching to the family to formally thank them and show how much the dog’s return means to guest and staff.

If you have any information please contact Karen on Karen.Wittcomb@risenetwork.com.au

Aged Care Services

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