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Riverside win Stop Loan Sharks Award

Riverside has won a Highly Commended Award for its outstanding endeavours in raising awareness of the crime of illegal money lending. The annual Stop Loan Sharks awards, hosted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team, recognise those who have made a valuable contribution in highlighting the dangers of loan sharks in their communities. Only five agencies

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Tenant scrutiny: co-regulation in action

By Keith Harkness – Riverside tenant and Chair of its National Scrutiny Committee Tenant-led scrutiny panels are now playing a large role in how Riverside is performing and how its procedures are being run. There are now six divisional panels, as well as a National Scrutiny Committee (NSC) and they are all examining a number

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Real Junk Food café opens at Liverpool homeless centre

The Real Junk food Café is now open at the Shaw Street supported housing and training centre for homeless people in Everton, Livepool and will be getting out the vital message about using food well and wisely in the run up to Christmas. Shaw Street is a great combination of aspirations and hopes – the aspirations

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Preparing older people for the cold snap

By Lisa Anderson, LiveTime officer. Age UK claims that each winter one elderly person will die needlessly, every seven minutes. This is a stark statistic, and I’m pleased to see the charity call on the government to improve energy efficiency and end fuel poverty, especially for older people. In light of this shocking home truth,

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Anti-Bullying Week – Be brave, be heard and be kind

By John Glenton, Riverside’s chair of Spectrum.   This week is Anti-Bullying Week in England and the theme is making a noise about bullying. We all need to stand up and speak out against bullying, but if you are a victim it’s difficult to find the strength and confidence to challenge it. Bullying in the

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Tackling unemployment and skills shortages in Merseyside

By Nick Stephenson, Riverside’s project manager for employment and training. This week the National Housing Federation released their Home Truths report, which not only revealed the cost of home ownership in the regions, but also the impact of unemployment and underemployment on people’s ability to get onto the housing ladder. Nationally, 6.2% of working age

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Standing up to tenancy fraud in the South East

Riverside is committed to standing up against tenancy cheats. This is a wider South East problem, with all local authorities tackling the issue. A dedicated Riverside team, operating out of the Dartford office, launched a confidential Key Amnesty this month to help those breaking the law come forward without fear of prosecution, with the recovery

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Helping first-time buyers onto the property ladder

By Ian Gregg, Riverside’s Director of Asset Management. The figures from the National Housing Federation’s latest report on the state of the housing market in the North West make sober reading. A shortage of affordable homes is pushing house prices out of reach for the average person. This combined with low wage growth means that

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Intensive intervention case study

When Nat was referred to Riverside’s Intensive Intervention project via her housing officer, she had given up hope. Nat was victimised for years, living as male to female trans, but was too scared to report it. The final straw came when she was broken into and had death threats painted on her walls. She phoned

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