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Rise People with Disability

WA to join national NDIS

Rise is pleased that a decision about WA’s disability scheme has been announced.

WA to join national NDIS

On 12 December, it was announced that WA would be joining the nationally delivered, National Disability Insurance Scheme. Here is a statement from Minister for Disability Services Stephen Dawson.

From 1 July 2018, WA will hand over running of the Scheme to the Federal Government. The NDIS will continue to roll out on a geographic basis and will be fully rolled out across WA by 2020.

People already taking part in the State Scheme will transfer to the nationally delivered Scheme between April 2018 and December 2018. They will be contacted by the WA Government to advise them of the decision and the next steps to be taken.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer said the decision gives certainty to current and future participants and their families.

Rise is very familiar with both the State and Federally run scheme and will be able to support those moving from the State scheme as well as those in the National scheme.
If you are receiving services from us today, you will still get services from us tomorrow.  We will share more information with you as soon as it becomes available.
In the meantime, we are pleased that WA will retain it’s own Minister for Disability Services whom we trust will work on our community’s behalf to protect the rights, interests and choices of people in our State.


Rise has been a leading provider of services for people with a disability and those with a mental health issue for over 30 years. For more information click here.

Cat Haven Jack and jenny

Cat Haven brings joy of pet companionship

A unique partnership with the Cat Haven is allowing Rise clients to enjoy the company of cats.

Rise is pleased to be part of Cat Haven‘s companion cat program. Friendly and confident cats are chosen to live in a variety of situations such as aged care and disability homes. Rise has two disability homes involved in the program.

Cat Haven provides companionship

Cat Haven External Adoption Centres Coordinator Louise Hildred said ragdoll Jack had been placed at Redgum House in Morley.

Here, he has formed a special bond with one of our residents, Jenny. Louise said Jack was frightened on arrival to the Cat Haven.

Jack is special to me, as I brought him to Cat Haven myself. Jack was advertised as free to a good home on Gumtree, and I spotted the ad.

We took him into our admin office and he came right out of his shell! We quickly realised what a funny, quirky personality he had and how beautiful his nature was.

Louise said around this time the Cat Haven was asked by Rise about the possibility of a companion cat.

It was perfect timing and we all knew he would be a perfect fit! I absolutely love to visit all of our companion cats in their homes.

All of these cats have come to Cat Haven with a sad story and no home. To see them in homes, all safe and loved and know that they provide happiness and enrichment to people who need it is a part of my job that I absolutely love.

Jenny and Jack

Redgum House Senior Denise Warner said Jenny had a special bond with Jack.

The relationship between Jenny and Jack is one of friendship, affection and security. Jack makes Jenny feel loved, secure and gives a calm effect. They loved to play and sit on the bed to watch movies together.

Jack had made Redgum his home and the residents are more relaxed and happy with him around. He has had a positive effect in the house and everyone just loves him.

Rise disability services

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

Rise AGM 2017

Rise marks a successful year with celebration

Rise has marked another successful year of operation with a fun-filled Annual General Meeting.

The AGM was held on 25th October, with more than 90 people attending. This included members, board, staff, friends in the sector and community members.

A celebration of people

The AGM was a celebration of our people. Two of our clients were interviewed by leadership group members to give an insight into their hobbies and successes.

Jarrad Dickerson spoke about his love of football and the revamped garden at Nobel House where he lives. Eathen Carruthers talked about Rise helping him become a published author. He had these inspiring words to tell the audience

Rise has helped me so much it brings a tear to the eye. If you’re looking smart and your reputation for being a gentleman makes you who you are and wherever you go, then your class of smarts will be bound for new heights. Whatever you wish to do or be take care of yourself before you take care of anyone else. Your life begins with that mysterious idea within.

Staff awards for service and values were also handed out. Mental Health Housing Coordinator Kristi Reinelt was awarded theinaugural Anna Alderson Award. This award honours the memory of Board Member and Board Chair Anna Alderson, who lived and breathed Rise’s values.

Another successful year

The celebration coincided with the release of the Annual Report 2016-2017.

Both Board Chair Alf Lay and Treasurer Chris Nicoloff spoke about the success Rise had achieved throughout the past financial year.

Chris said Rise had significant growth, with a strong working capital placing us in a good position. He said investment in new systems, such as the ICT Project currently underway, would help Rise deliver services for clients in the best way.

Rise services

Rise provides a number of services for aged care, youth, people with disability, mental health and more. More information is available here.

If you would like a copy of our Annual Report, please visit the head office at 12 Leslie Road, Middle Swan.

Josh superhero

Josh loves superheroes and the outdoors

HULK HULK HULK! This is something you can hear Josh saying frequently – as he loves superheroes!

Josh (23) lives in Bennett Springs in one of the many homes run by Rise. Nestled in a suburban street, this beautiful home is light, airy and has a great patio out the back.

Superheroes and bushwalks

Josh is a big fan of the Marvel series. He loves Hulk, Spiderman and many others.

When we visit his house, Josh proudly shows us his figurines.

His support worker Naninga Onesimo is savvy with the characters. He names all of them on Josh’s wristband and together they shout HULK HULK HULK.

This gets a huge smile from Josh. As does looking at the pictures we’ve taken of him, and the selfies together.

Naninga tells us all of Josh’s other favourite things to do.

He loves to catch public transport and do things outdoors. We go for bush walks and he likes animal farms too.

After our visit, Josh is off to the shops for one of his favourite drinks – iced coffee – followed by lunch in Ellenbrook. We love supporting people and seeing them live a great life!

Rise disability services

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


Bellydancing brings joy to young people

Our young clients are learning bellydancing as part of a full program of activities.

Bellydancing gets youths moving

Rise runs lots of different activities for clients. At the Peter Anderton Centre in Forrestfield one of the options we have is bellydancing classes!

These classes are run by Rayya from Bellydance by Rayya. They are particularly popular with the young women.

The group was recently spotted shaking their hips to Shakira.

Aged Care Coordinator Skye Stevens said bellydancing was a fun way to get moving.

We have a range of fun things for our people to take part in. From bellydancing to craft, trips to the movies and excursions, we have something that appeals to everyone.

Rayya is a fantastic bellydancer and it is nice to see someone so passionate passing on their skills to others.

People with disability

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

Russell Walley Pioneer house

Garden upgrades help Russell greet visitors

When the support workers arrive at Pioneer House for the morning shift, they can be sure that Russell will be up and waiting to greet them.

Russell Walley has lived at the house in Mount Helena for several years now.

Garden upgrades

Last year the gardens at the house were made over thanks to the generosity of CBRE volunteers. New plants were put in at the front, side and rear of the house, with many others removed and trimmed. Together with Rise installing shade sails and fake lawn previously, it has created a beautiful, calm space at the front of the house.

Support worker Lana Bain said the new environment was great for residents, who like eating meals in the sunshine.

Russell in particular loves food. He enjoys iced coffee and each week attends a cooking class to learn new skills.

Greeting visitors

Since the upgrades, Russell now has a clear view from the chair closest to the front door. He can see exactly who is coming and going and is always the first to the door to greet visitors.

He gives them a nice, warm welcome, and the staff love seeing his smiling face.

People with a disability

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

jarrod dickerson football

Jarrod loves flying high like the Eagles

Jarrod Dickerson loves his football, and flying high like his favourite team.

Living in Rise’s Nobel House in Mount Helena, Jarrod leads a very busy life.

The sportsman has played with the High Wycombe Integrated Team for the past five years. He trains once a week on Thursdays in preparation for the games.

Coach Brett Hockley said Jarrod loves football and is a supporter of the West Coast Eagles.

Our team is going very well this year and have won all 11 games that we have played, so we are undefeated and sit on top of the ladder.

Our season has one home and away game left which is on the 19th of August playing at Kingsway. We then have semi finals the following week, with the grand final to be held on the 2nd of September.

Jarrod cheered on by family

Jarrod said his mum was his number one fan and watches all his matches.

He said he loved learning how to chase the ball and how to score goals.

I like practicing and doing high kicks, like the Eagles, flying high.

Jarrod loves all sports and also enjoys cricket and boxing. In addition to sports, he has many other skills. Jarrod plays guitar and attends Music Rocks on Thursdays and Performing Arts on Tuesdays.

He also started to volunteer at RSPCA on Mondays to look after cats and other animals.

Rise supporting people

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

Family Fun Day creative Arts by Rise Warwick

Rise hosts Family Fun Day in Warwick

Rise is gearing up for a whole day of festivities at our free Family Fun Day at Creative Arts by Rise.

The event takes place on Saturday 12th August in Warwick, from 10am to 2pm.

Creative Arts by Rise

Rise Program Manager Skye Stevens said the event was a great opportunity to show the public what Creative Arts by Rise is all about. The event is also supporting a good cause and bringing awareness to Shelter WA during Homelessness Week.

Creative Arts by Rise provides a safe and supportive environment for people to get creative. We run painting, craft, woodwork and pottery activities at our centre.

During the Family Fun Day we will be celebrating our people and showcasing the work of our talented members. We will also be raising a little money through the proceeds from selling our new calendar.

Family Fun Day

Activities at the free family event include:

  • Gold coin donation sausage sizzle
  • Craft activities for the family
  • Face painters & entertainment
  • Pottery Wheel and Wood Burning demonstrations

The Family Fun Day is made possible through funding from Shelter WA.

The event runs at 12 Dorchester Avenue, Warwick.

We look forward to seeing you there! View the poster here.

Scott Rawlins fencing

Rise fencing champ off to world comps

A Rise support worker is representing Australia in a world fencing competition next month.

Scott Rawlins is a disability support worker and a fencing champion. He has faced his own challenges in life which help him relate to clients.

A love of fencing

Scott began fencing when he was 11 years old. He was looking for an alternative to team sports, which he didn’t enjoy.

Scott said he enjoyed the action of the sport. He competes in the open age category.

It’s a live sport and you feel very in the moment. I train 15-16 hours a week and teach as well.

You can hit your opponent anywhere on the body with the end of the sword.

In February this year, Scott was selected for the Australian fencing team. It’s something he has been aiming for since he was 14 years old.

Life hurdles

For Scott, his achievements in the sport are greater than for most. At 25 years he was diagnosed with ADHD. He also has learning difficulties. Despite this he has just completed his masters at University of Western Australia, with his thesis on children who struggle with coordination.

Growing up, I used to there was something not right about me, but couldn’t put a finger on it. When I was diagnosed with ADHD, everything started to make sense.

After a while I learned how to work with my ADHD, rather than fight against an invisible foe. I learned that I was better than most at taking risks and having tunnel vision, but not so good at paying attention and being organised.

I also learned that I need more time than most to finish tasks and learn new things. That’s really hard to grasp at first, but in the end you learn to be gentle with yourself.

Scott’s goal is to help people with a disability engage in physical activities.

I know what it is like to struggle, that’s why I wanted to work for Rise. I want to share with others that they can do anything they put their mind to, and that no matter what obstacles are in their way, they can find a way around it.

Scott recently competed at the Robyn Chaplin competition in Adelaide and the Asian Championships in Hong Kong.

He competes for Australia in the World Championships in Germany from 19 July. The competition runs for two weeks. All the best, Scott!

Rise support

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