WA community provider Rise Network has announced a merger with non-profit provider Creative and Therapy Activities (CATA).

CATA delivers creative arts projects and therapies under the WA Home and Community Care program and to fee-for-service clients, and said the merger would support its long-term viability in a changing community care environment.

The merger to create a new organisation, Rise, was finalised on 1 July, following a two-year process to find a partner organisation.

Under the merged entity, CATA said it will be able to increase its range of services and expand into new geographical areas.

Not-for-profit provider, Rise Network delivers support to older people, people with disabilities, youth at risk and mental health support in Perth and has over 400 staff and volunteers.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer said of the merger: “We believe CATA and Rise will be stronger together as we have complementary strengths and skills which will help us do even more for the community.”

CATA will come under the leadership of Helen Dymond, divisional manager of aged care, but services will also be available to people with a disability and poor mental health, it said.

CATA board chair Tony Borger will move across to the Rise Board.

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