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Riverside’s response to £260 million government funding to support people who are homeless

On 23 December 2019 the Prime Minister pledged more than £260 million to local authorities to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping. In response to this John Glenton, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, said: “As a major provider of services to tackle and prevent homelessness, Riverside welcomes the government’s continued commitment to addressing the

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New Year, New Government, New Opportunities

As a new year dawns, the sector must act quickly to make its voice heard to the new MPs on the debate around housing, writes Riverside’s Chief Executive Carol Matthews… 2019 has been a year of change and upheaval, culminating in one of the most remarkable general elections in a generation. As we anticipate the

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Finding the Spirit of Christmas

How working with people affected by homelessness in Guildford and cooking a meal for 40 people helps Oliver understand the true meaning of Christmas. “It’s often the people who have least to celebrate who make the greatest effort.” This Christmas, 2019, will be the third year in which Oliver Topple has chosen to spend Christmas

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Riverside Group Chief Executive Carol Matthews awarded the CBE

Carol Matthews, Group Chief Executive at The Riverside Group, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year 2020 Honours List. Ms Matthews took up her post as Group Chief Executive of Riverside in February 2012, following five years as Chief Executive of Guinness Northern Counties, part of

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Toys help spread Christmas cheer in Palace Fields

A group of children in Runcorn got an extra special Christmas treat following a massive donation of toys. More than 500 toys including table football sets, action figures and board games, were donated to Palace Fields Community Centre after a collection by Riverside staff. Organisers at the centre then distributed the toys to deserving families

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A Bed Every Night – rough sleeper numbers have fallen by 37% across Greater Manchester

Riverside’s Eleanor Watts  – co-coordinator of the A Bed Every Night initiative, reflects on today’s excellent news that rough sleeper numbers have fallen by 37% across Greater Manchester. In November 2018, Greater Manchester became the first city-region in Britain to commit to providing A Bed Every Night for “every single person” already on streets or

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Doncaster schoolchildren show kindness by holding an appeal for homeless people

Riverside’s Area Manager, Colin West, visited the school and thanked the children for their generosity.

Kind-hearted schoolchildren in Doncaster showed their compassion by reaching out to help people who are less fortunate than themselves. Year Six pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School in Rossington have collected non-perishable food items and toiletries to give to people living in homeless hostels and refuges. The 10 and 11-year-old’s wrote a letter to their

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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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Housing matters

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

Rather predictably, so far the general election campaign has been dominated by Brexit and a relatively tight group of domestic issues, with health pretty much at the top of the list. Housing has been much less prominent, despite it being so important to all of our lives. Whether it’s is the inaccessibility of the housing

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