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Respecting diversity on Bi Visibility Day 

By John Glenton, Spectrum Executive Sponsor   This month, the final touches are being made to our annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission and I am proud that we have been a Stonewall top 100 company for the past eight years.  I know some people may ask that with all the priorities we have at Riverside like improving our customer experience and the important merger work with One Housing, why do we still focus our energy on these

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Bi Visibility 2021 

  By Jenny Crocker, Specrtum Co-Chair   Bi Visibility Month and, in particular Bi Visibility Day, is a time to recognise and celebrate bisexuality, bi history, community and culture.    Bisexual is an umbrella terms used to refer to sexual orientations which express sexual and/or emotional attraction to more than one gender, or regardless of gender. However, many people who do not identify as gay or straight also do not identify

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Councillors approve plans for Lambeth regeneration site

Plans for a 441-home development in Lambeth have been approved by councillors, subject to a planning agreement being finalised. Bellway London Partnerships and The Riverside Group are to deliver the one, two, three and four-bedroom homes at the development at Geoffrey Close Estate, off Flaxman Road. The joint venture, which was given the green light

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Veterans’ mental health funding: without further intervention services will collapse

Our Director of Operations and Veterans’ Lead, Lee Buss-Blair, welcomes new veterans’ mental health funding – but this funding alone won’t enable us to address the wider problem of veteran homelessness: “The Government’s £2.7m pledge to support military veterans’ mental health is very welcome, however there remains major gaps in funding for veterans experiencing homelessness

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Remembering Karen Lewis

It’s with incredible sadness that we share the news that Karen Lewis, Head of Business Management in Asset Services has passed away after a short but brave battle with cancer. Karen was a much beloved member of our team, always championing the customer experience and never afraid to challenge conventional thinking. She loved both learning

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Housing is rarely mentioned in the conversation about levelling up

Here is how the housing sector should change the story about levelling up ahead of this year’s crucial Spending Review. In particular the strategy should focus on homelessness and rethinking Homes England’s investment strategy, write Carol Matthews and Richard Hill One recent Friday afternoon the two of us walked around one of One Housing’s estates. In the shadow

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Call for spare rooms and properties to let in north London to help people experiencing homelessness

Sandra Thompson

Do you have a spare room or apartment to rent out in Hackney and surrounding areas? Social housing provider Riverside is working in partnership with Hackney Council to find much-needed accommodation for people experiencing homelessness, and are looking for suitable properties and rooms that can be rented out. Under the initiative, private landlords have the

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Kerslake Commission’s interim report: Government must act upon recommendations

The Kerslake Comission’s newly published interim report on homelessness and rough sleeping is a landmark moment in recognising the need for a long-term national strategy, joined up commissioning and a far greater focus on homelessness prevention. Our Executive Director for Care & Support, John Glenton, explains why the Government must now heed and act upon

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International Non-binary People’s Day

Non-binary Pride flag

14 July is International Non-binary People’s Day, which aims to celebrate the wide range of people worldwide who identify as non-binary. What does it mean to be non-binary? Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify

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