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Dementia Action Week 2019: The importance of becoming a Dementia Friend

Sally Nicholson, Head of Operations

Sally Nicholson, Riverside’s Head of Operations, explains why she became a Dementia Friend when her grandmother, Dorothy, was diagnosed in 2007 and how easy it is to become one.   I started becoming more aware of Dementia personally when my grandma was diagnosed in 2007. I remember the date as it was the month that

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Sefton couple share secret to 65 years of marital bliss

Jim and Margaret McNally of Hawthorne Court Retirement Living Scheme in Litherland celebrate 65th wedding anniversary.

A Sefton couple’s lifelong love which began when they met on a bus in the 1950s is being celebrated as they reach their 65th wedding anniversary. It was love at first sight for Jim and Margaret McNally when he caught sight of her on a bus in May 1952 in Liverpool city centre, and two

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Support into work with Riverside

Riverside customer Josh aged 21 from Carlisle took the opportunity to get help through the employment and training service to find a job to become financially independent and move away from claiming benefits.   Josh moved to Carlisle into a Riverside property and really wanted to take control of his income. He wanted to work

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Raising awareness on IDAHOBIT

By Lyn Bowker, Equality and Diversity Manager Today the LGBT community is celebrating IDAHOBIT, the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This important celebration raises international awareness of LGBT rights, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide. At Riverside, we recognise this important day and as a committed ally to our LGBT colleagues and

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Trans communities and mental health

By Michael Gill, Service Manager As Co-chair of Riverside’s LGBT network Spectrum, I wanted to discuss some of the challenges faced by the trans community during Mental Health Awareness Week. In the latest version of the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), gender dysphoria – a condition where a person experiences discomfort

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Why mental health matters at Riverside

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Fran Stulberg, Chair of Riverside’s disability staff group Enable, which leads on mental health at the organisation, looks at why it’s so important for businesses to focus on employee wellbeing.   Why is it important for associations to highlight mental health? Poor mental health is not a thing to be

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How the Riverside team running A Bed Every Night shelter are changing lives in Greater Manchester

Riverside's Eleanor Watts and Simon Partington with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnhan.

Riverside runs an A Bed Every Night shelter in Crumpsall, making use of an unused former children’s home to create much needed 38-bed multi-occupancy accommodation for people affected by homelessness. Over the past six months, since the A Bed Every Night scheme was officially started by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, Riverside has

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Living with PMDD

During premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) awareness month, Riverside Housing Services Processing Officer Katarina Fleming-Scott talks about her eight-year battle with the debilitating monthly condition.   I have a condition called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) which is like a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It is a condition that is becoming better known, but even now in the UK, it is

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