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How to celebrate Black History Month if you’re not Black

Black History Month should be a time of celebration for everyone. If you’re white and thinking ‘but how can I celebrate Black History Month?’ then Housing Officer Smira Khalid has some information for you. ‘This isn’t for me’ – I get it, I’m British/Asian Pakistani Black history is everyone’s history, but has been systemically left

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Preventing ‘Mischief’ in our neighbourhoods

So called ‘Mischief Night’ is a time when gangs come out in their droves and wreak havoc in neighbourhoods across the country, bringing misery and dread to many residents. October 30 seems to have been made a night of chaos when youngsters take to the streets in their droves and see it as their rite

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Meet the Chair of our BAME staff group

During Black History Month, Housing Manager Allison Cuddy talks about her role as Chair of Origin, Riverside’s BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) staff group. I started working for a housing association in 1998 through a positive action training initiative in Liverpool. My first role was as a trainee finance assistant. The project targeted the

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Contracts signed ahead of Camberwell regeneration scheme

Camberwell regeneration

Contracts have been exchanged between Bellway London Partnerships and Riverside to create a joint venture, as plans progress for a key regeneration scheme in Camberwell. The housebuilder was selected by housing association The Riverside Group to work on its existing estate in March 2018. Together they have been developing a scheme, in consultation with residents.

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Black culture and its effect on LGBT history

By Michael Gill, Co-chair of Riverside’s LGBT employee network Spectrum Whenever I am asked to write a blog for Black History Month from an LGBT perspective my mind always goes to Marsha P Johnson, the gay activist and drag queen. However this year, I thought it’d be a great time to talk about one example

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Terrie Alafat appointed as Riverside’s new Group Chair

Terrie Alafat CBE

The Riverside Group has appointed Terrie Alafat CBE as its new Group Chair. Ms Alafat will take up her new role in April next year, replacing the current Chair Max Steinberg CBE when he retires. She is due to retire from her current role as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing in November

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All the reasons we DON’T need Black History Month

By Aminata Kamara, Employment and Training Officer Let’s face it, Black History Month is a bit old school and outdated. It was probably only necessary at a time when Black people were specifically targeted because of their race during post war migration. But we have moved on immensely since then. We are a more inclusive

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Hate Crime Awareness Week

By Jenny Crocker, Co-chair of Riversdie’s LGBT staff network Spectrum In September 2009, Ian Baynham was a victim of a homophobic attack. He was verbally abused and beaten unconscious in Trafalgar Square. After two weeks in a coma he died from the injuries he had sustained. His death inspired the first London Vigil against Hate

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How can you help to prevent suicide?

By Fran Stulberg, Chair of Riverside’s disability staff network Enable Today is World Mental Health Day, this year focusing on suicide prevention. But why is it so important to raise awareness? We know that suicide is preventable, not inevitable and here at Riverside our Enable staff group and our 200+ mental health champions already play

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