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Everything changed when I was referred to Hardwick House

Two years ago, I didn’t want to live. I’d go to bed and pray that I wouldn’t wake up. I was only 42 but I’d led a destructive, dysfunctional life. The things I’d done – drug dealing, violence, substance abuse and sleeping rough – were haunting me. But a chance meeting with a fellow veteran

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Jeremy Corbyn meets veterans at supported housing service to mark Armed Forces Day

Veterans at a supported housing service in Teesside met with Jeremy Corbyn and shared their experiences of being homeless to mark Armed Forces Day. The Labour leader toured Hardwick House, a supported housing service run by housing association Riverside which has 20 self-contained apartments for ex-service personnel who are homeless or at risk of sleeping

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Riverside calls for an end to the five week wait after survey shows two fifths of UC claimants are forced to use foodbanks

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Survey finds that two-fifths of Riverside’s UC claimants (41%) have had to rely on help from food banks More than 80% said the wait for their first Universal Credit payment had caused them financial hardship Arrears for Riverside’s UC claimants are more than three and a half times higher than those who are not claiming – average arrears

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Being an LGBT role model

By John Glenton, Executive Director Care and Support and Executive Sponsor of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Experience tells me that having visible LGBT role models can have a transformative impact on creating a truly inclusive workplace and society. We shouldn’t underestimate the impact that visibility makes to people, it makes a difference when it’s

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Eat Together: Riverside supports the health and wellbeing of veterans

Marco Pierre White with The Beacon residents

Veterans at Riverside’s The Beacon in North Yorkshire are developing new cookery skills which are helping to boost their confidence as well as tackling feelings of social isolation. Over the last few years, residents at The Beacon have had the opportunity to learn how to cook and bake in the Veterans Artisan Bakery with the

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Eat Together: Benefits of social eating

Riverside’s Eat Together campaign is promoting the many benefits of social eating and to highlight this, John Glenton, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, shares his experiences of eating together and how it can have a positive effect on mental health and wellbeing and social inclusion. There are so many benefits from eating with

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Making a difference by volunteering with Riverside

It’s Volunteers Week 2019 and our National Volunteering Manager, Lee Bailey, explains why it is important for everyone to get involved and volunteer, which benefits our customers, the communities where they live and the services we provide. Riverside is looking for volunteers with a wide range of opportunities available to support customers and marking our

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Housing Associations must work with private developers if we are to solve the housing crisis

An increasing number of associations are striking deals with developers to deliver much-needed homes and Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive, argues that this is one vital way to tackle the housing crisis. England needs four million new homes. Last summer the National Housing Federation and Crisis published groundbreaking research showing that as a country we need

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Riverside job club provides local support

Vivien Fleming, Riverside tenant and member of Riverside Customer Voice Executive, went along to a job club hosted in the Halton area of Cheshire. Here’s her views of what the job club offers and the help tenants can get. Rachael Hayes one of Riverside’s Customer Involvement Officers suggested I visit the Halton job club run

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