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Rise People with Disability

Disability Services

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.


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


Lights… action… camera!

One group of young people have recently had the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera at one of Rise’s social centres.

Making movies

Thanks to a Rise volunteer Hadrian Fuller, a group of young people with disability have been participating in making a film over the last four months at Peter Anderton, one of Rise’s social centres.

The group participated in various workshops on aspects of film making including acting and mask making. They then developed and acted in their own short film dealing with looking for a long lost friend.

They even created their own music track for the film.

Hadrian, who has his own media business, visited the centre on a weekly basis and filmed the whole process.

I’ve been blown away by their enthusiasm and talent. They drove the whole project – I was just there to help

When we visited to see the process, we walked into a music session that had our toes tapping. This group knows how to have fun!

Opening night

The project is coming to an end soon and Rise Youth Program Planner at Peter Anderton, Zoe Wood, is keen to launch the film by holding a screening for families and friends.

If anyone can offer a venue with a big screen, please get in touch.

We may even need to rustle up a red carpet!

Rise supporting people

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

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.

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.


trainee wa aged care awards evan cox

Rise Trainee a finalist in the WA Aged Care Awards

Rise is extra proud of one of our trainees, who a finalist in the WA Aged Care Awards!

Evan Cox has been nominated for the Trainee of the Year award.

This award recognises the awesome achievements of someone studying and working towards a qualification in the aged care sector.

Rise finalist in the WA Aged Care Awards

Rise has a great partnership with Health Training Australia (HTA) who matches trainees to Rise.

Evan started with Rise in October last year through HTA. He was officially employed by Rise in May at our southern community centre.

Evan had been in an office job for more than a decade and wanted a change so he could connect to people.

He said he was humbled by the award nomination

I mainly provide social support for male clients, but over the time I have spent with Rise, I also do domestic assistance, personal care, medications, transport and office administration.

I’m not really one to go around tooting my own horn but I do appreciate the fact that the extra effort I make to aid my clients in having a more fulfilling life, has been acknowledged.

Really to me, I’m just doing my job and I guess that when I look at it, my previous experience in retail customer service has a little to do with my high standard of customer service and care.

The future looks bright

For Evan, the future looks bright. Further study is on the cards, and he has a great career goal.

I think it would be great if I could eventually become a senior support worker, specialising in male clients.

We have no doubt you will reach and smash your goals, Evan! We’ll all be cheering you on for the awards too.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner to be held at Crown Perth on Friday 13 July.

Rise employment

Rise offers diverse roles and positions all over Perth. For more information visit our website.

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.

redgum house garden makeover

Redgum House gets a garden makeover

The garden of one of our houses has undergone a makeover – which all the residents are enjoying!

Redgum House

Redgum House is located in Morley and is home to several people. House Senior Denise Warner said she was so happy with the results.

We now have paving, new lawn, vegetable patch and rose garden!

This makeover has given our residents a place to enjoy and relax, and also learn new skills like watering the garden and learning to grow vegetables that they can eat.

Denise said there was plans to do even more in the garden including putting in a bird bath and fruit trees.

A big thank you needs to go to Swan Valley Nursery. They kindly donated 40 seedlings for our vegetable patch which included vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.

Denise wins award

For her efforts to lead the makeover, Denise won an award! She won the people with Disability Staff Award for May. She was nominated by her team leader. Naninga Onesmino from a nearby house was also nominated.

Rise services

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