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Award winning Riverside rolls out smart technology installation after successful pilot

Riverside is installing 1,500 Switchee Smart Thermostats into its customers’ homes following a successful pilot of the technology, which has helped identify and prioritise repairs and support residents at risk of fuel poverty. The installations are part of Riverside’s boiler replacement, empty homes and property repair programmes. Data from the Switchee devices, sent via the

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Housing First is not the only solution to homelessness

Housing First has often been hailed as the solution to ending rough sleeping. Too often stories appear in the media which portray other types of supported accommodation in a more negative light in comparison. Some have even called for the closure of all other forms of supported housing, replacing them with Housing First. But is Housing First

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Michael Gill Co- Chair of Riverside’s LGBT staff group Spectrum discusses why it is important to continue to work toward LGBTQIA+ equality, diversity, and inclusion, and have visible role models and supportive allies. I decided to write a blog for this year’s IDAHOBIT event to draw attention to ongoing issues and discrimination around the world.

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Work starts on major new extra care development in Workington

Work is now underway on an exciting £19million extra care scheme in Workington, which will offer 107 affordable homes and a range of community facilities. Work on the scheme, which is being developed by Riverside in partnership with housebuilders Atkinson Homes, is now underway after planning permission was granted with a planned completion date of

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Work starts on new 268-home development in Winsford

Work is underway on a 268-home development in Winsford, part of Riverside’s ongoing commitment to provide affordable homes for local people. The development, located behind the Verdin Exchange, is being delivered in partnership with QWEST, which is a joint venture between EQUANS and Cheshire West and Chester Council. Riverside will deliver 100 affordable homes (of

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Switched on: Riverside wins Energy Efficiency Award

We’re really pleased to have won a top award at the North West Energy Efficiency Awards last week. The awards celebrate energy efficiency schemes and encourages best practice within the energy and housing sectors. Riverside won the Regional Vulnerable Customer Support Organisation of the Year award with Switchee, for showing a commitment to improving the

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What it’s like to live at our Laurel Court service

Laurel Court provides a safe environment for people with learning disabilities to live independently in Huddersfield. Our dedicated team are on site 24 hours a day and enable our customers to reach their potential, build on life skills and increase quality of life through person-centred planning.  Here, customer Jane (fictional name) who has a diagnosed

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What it’s like to live at our Redwood Glades extra care scheme

Alan is a customer at Redwood Glades – one of our intergenerational extra care schemes in Hull. Alan receives the support he needs to live independently and the sense of community that has developed at the scheme has built his confidence and made a real difference to his life. Here Alan explains a bit about

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Celebrating Lesbian Visibility Week


This week is Lesbian Visibility Week. To mark the occasion, Chief Financial Officer Cris McGuinness talks about changing times and the importance of visible lesbian leaders. The other day, in a meandering dinner time conversation about all manner of things – my teenage daughter, asked me how, when I was young(er), I knew which girls

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Life-changing job for young mum and Riverside tenant Charlotte

Lettings Assistant Charlotte

At Riverside, our Employment and Training team are always here for customers who are looking for support with work and development, both within our organisation and with other employers. Through the government’s Kickstart Scheme, we’ve recently supported young mum and Riverside tenant Charlotte to join our Lettings team. Charlotte had previously been struggling to find

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