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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.

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.


advocacy workshops for young people

Advocacy workshops for young people

Stratton Edge Youth Centre ran some workshops for young people to try their hand at advocacy and civic engagement through letter writing.

Advocacy workshops

At the first workshop the young people were asked to identify things that would benefit themselves and their community.

Then they had think about some reasons why their local representatives should take action.

Youth Worker Emily Wilding said

They came up with some great ideas and some even greater reasons why they should happen! It’s safe to say that our future is in good hands.

Emily provided a range of local, state and federal elected representatives options for the young people to address their letters to. Then they drafted some dot points of things they wanted to include in the letter.

In the follow-up workshop the young people expanded on their points and wrote their ideas into a letter.

Hot topics

There was a range of issues that young people at Stratton Edge wanted to let members of our local and state government know matter to them.

One was the need to upgrade and maintain the local skate park, basketball court and other recreational facilities that they use every week.

The other hot topic was the need to provide activities and services for young people under 12 years of age – something lacking at the moment.

As one of the participants said

It is unfair that there is nothing for kids that are under 12.

And lastly they identified the need to upgrade the youth centre with a computer they could use.

Next stage will be sending the letters!

Rise services

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

Awesome school holiday fun

Rise’s drop-in youth centre Stratton Edge hosted an awesome program of fun these last school holidays.

School holiday program

There was something for everyone happening right throughout the school hols.

We visited some other local youth centres to check out the activities and meet some new people. Altone Youth Centre put on a variety of games and provided a party style lunch of pizza and party pies!

Fair Game ran a sports workshop on our visit to the Dungeon Youth Centre. We had a great game of Boom Ball, played some basketball and tried out all their facilities including the guitars. And of course enjoyed some more pizza!

We also ran a pre-driver workshop called Keys for Life that is all about safer driving. Great to see that 7 out of the 8 participants have now passed the test. Well done!

And then the highlight of the whole program was our brilliant Community Open Day. You can read more about all the fun and activities at the Open Day here.

Youth Program Activities Coordinator, Skye Groenveld said

Overall a fantastic two weeks was had by all!

Youth centre

Stratton Edge is Rise’s drop-in youth centre. As well as running hugely popular school holiday activities, we offer an outside basketball court, oval and a skate park.

It’s for 12 to 17 year olds who want to hang out with friends, meet new people, watch movies, listen to music, play pool or sports, or get all arty and crafty.

Rise services

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


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.

fair game stratton edge

Fair Game engage young people at Stratton Edge

Fair Game has been a hit at Stratton Edge Youth Centre, engaging the young people in a variety of sports.

Fair Game gets young people active

Facilitated by Matt and Tom, Fair Game has been attending Stratton Edge Youth Centre every fortnight.

Fair Game gets communities active through participation in unique sport-based team games, fitness challenges, dance, Indigenous Yoga and wellness programs.

We are lucky enough to have them attending every two weeks, until the middle of 2019!

Rise Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the sessions were well attended, with lots of different sport options.

The young people are really enjoying the sessions. The facilitators are super engaging and we are lucky to have them.

On Monday when it wasn’t raining they were outside playing boom ball. When it was raining they were inside having a pool competition, and playing chess.

The young people have also played dodgeball, and we hear soccer is the next request!

This is a great way to burn off energy, but also develop team-building skills through sport.

As a bonus, there are also prizes every session!

Stratton Edge Youth Centre is located in Stratton and cater for young people aged 12 to 17 years. The centre is open Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm during term. We also run a school holiday program!

Rise young people

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. Read more here.

recycling youth stratton

Rise gets recycling thanks to poster reminder

The environment is at the front of our minds this week as Rise gets recycling thanks to some great poster reminders.

Rise gets recycling

Young people attending the Stratton Edge Youth Centre created some great posters recently in a bid to inspire better recycling.

Youth Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said a recycling workshop was held.

We have been trying to inspire the young people at the centre to recycle their recyclables!

The young people were already pretty good discerning which items went on which poster, with only a little helping hand, and some heavy discussion about certain items, some of which the young people corrected staff on!

Skye said the posters covered the obvious rubbish and recycling. During the workshop, the group also added donate and compost posters.

They used old magazines and papers to create the collages. Skye said she hoped it sparked some environmentally conscious actions!

We will now have posters created by the young people above the rubbish and recycling bins in the youth centre and hopefully create a more environmentally friendly youth centre – maybe some of the tips will even make it back home!

Rise youth

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

Australian Defence Force visit inspires young people

A recent visit by the Australian Defence Force has inspired lots of young people!

Chef Laura and pilot trainee Caston stopped by Stratton Edge Youth Centre recently to share their experiences.

It was part of the school holiday activities run by Rise.

Australian Defence Force drops by

The young people got to hear about a huge range of opportunities the force offers. They heard all about Laura being a chef on board submarines.

She regularly travels from Perth to Singapore under the sea, which usually takes about 10 days. Laura shared how all staff are trained in many different areas so that they can rely on each other to fix anything in the sub.

Meanwhile, one of our young people was particularly interested in the adventures of Caston and how he went through the recruitment process.

The young person said she had a fantastic day and learnt a lot!

We got to look at all their uniforms, helmets and vests and they told us what goes in each section and how much it weighs.

Caston was also telling us about his experience in the training field in flying the aircrafts and told us about his time in Afghanistan.

It was the best day ever because being in the Airforce has been one of my biggest dreams for such a long long time and getting to meet someone in the Airforce really opened my eyes to what he had to say about his experience.

I now realise how long it takes to even get into one of those planes, this has just made me want to this even more. I can’t wait to get into one of those planes and start flying!

Wow, what an inspiring session, we can’t wait to see this young person follow her dreams!

Rise Youth

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

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July school holidays a blast at Rise

Young people have had a blast during the July school holidays with Rise hosting a variety of activities.

From workshops to excursions, there was something for all the young people to enjoy.

July school holidays

Our Youth Centre, Stratton Edge, is based in Stratton and caters for 12-17 year olds.

The holidays kicked off with a sexual health workshop. This was the last in a series of four. Sexting, sexuality and gender diversity were discussed. Morgan from WA AIDS even brought goodie bags for all participants.

This was followed by a pizza and movie night at the youth centre! The Simpsons Movie was the movie of choice.

A few days later, Paula from RAC stopped by to talk about drink and drug driving. There were some interactive activities that were very informative. The group also watched a clip of a real life story showing what happened to a young person when they were drink driving.

We then had the second last mural painting session. It is coming together beautifully! When complete the centre will have a brand new mural inside showing the six Aboriginal seasons.

Pool tournament gets serious

Youth Program Activities Coordinator Skye Groenveld said the next session got a little intense with a pool tournament!

We had seven, 20-minute pool games, which had even the youth workers sweating in anticipation.

The last activity for the holidays was a trip to Town of Bassendean’s NAIDOC Week celebrations at Ashfield Reserve.

The young people ran around for an hour, getting airbrush tattoos, looking at the stalls and traditional dance performances.

After that we went to Subway for lunch and then checked out the Scarborough skate park.

Rise Youth

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

NAIDOC Week 2018

Rise celebrates NAIDOC Week 2018

Rise had a wonderful week across Perth celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018.

We had stands at several community events, and we attended even more!

The theme for the week was “Because of her we can” and celebrated remarkable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The Week ran from 8-15 July across the whole country.

NAIDOC Week 2018

The week started with football! Our Moorditj Mia group based in Koongamia were invited to a special lunch by Swan Districts Football Club. The group enjoyed a special lunch and guest speaker.

Moorditj Mia Coordinator Sherri Bagshaw said the ladies had a fabulous day out and were grateful to be invited.

It was a really great day. They got to sit in the sponsors box and watch the game after the lunch and they had front row seats.

On Tuesday, the Moorditj Mia group were involved with the City of Swan NAIDOC celebrations at Midland Oval. They had a range of artworks and creations on show, as well as information about what we provide.

Nearby, the Rise Youth team also had a stand! The team dolled out fake tattoos, spreading the word about tattoo safety. A giant Connect 4 set was a great way to engage youth people on the theme of the week. We got to chat about the women that have inspired them.

Deadly Jobs

At Ashfield Reserve, Rise took part in the Town of Bassendean’s celebrations for the first time. We had a stall inside the Deadly Jobs tent, engaging with potential workers about Rise. Our Aboriginal Employment Consultant Charmaine Bartlett said it was a wonderful day, with lots of meaningful conversations.

The Deadly Jobs Expo for NAIDOC Week was a great event and for Rise another success story.

Jobseekers and other community members received information and the opportunity to talk to some of the staff that represented Rise on the day.

In the southern suburbs, Our Moorditj Social Group attended the NAIDOC Week celebrations in Memorial Park. The group enjoyed the dancing, and delicious lunch provided. The weather even held out too!

Rise cultural experience

Rise recently employed an Aboriginal Employment Consultant. Charmaine Bartlett is working to increase Aboriginal numbers in our workforce, and make our service attractive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

We are proud to celebrate all cultures and be inclusive for all. You can read more about our plans here.