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Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

By Danny Briggs, Housing Services Processing Officer and Communications Officer for Riverside’s LGBT staff group Spectrum Having looked back over 2019 so far, one thing seems to stand out over others in relation to LGBT issues – teaching about LGBT relationships in schools. This has been a controversial topic to say the least. Since January

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How can a white Welsh girl be the leader for Origin?

By Cris McGuinness, Chief Financial Officer On joining Riverside, as a lesbian, I half expected to be a role model for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff group Spectrum. I never in a million years expected to be asked to be the Executive Sponsor for Origin, the staff network for black, Asian and

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Supporting the trans community

By Jenny Crocker, Service manager and Co-chair of Riverside’s LGBT staff group Spectrum Last weekend several Spectrum committee members went to show their support for the trans community during Manchester’s Sparkle Weekend. This is the fourth year Riverside has attended Sparkle and we are proud to say that once again we were the only housing

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Carlisle College students set to benefit from training opportunities at new development

Riverside, developer Esh Living and Carlisle City Council have teamed up with Carlisle College to deliver job training opportunities in construction for local students in Carlisle. Training will take place at the new development on Beverley Rise, Harraby in Carlisle which will deliver 50 affordable homes.  It will be managed by Riverside subsidiary Impact Housing

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Supporting our customers through Universal Credit

By Rachael Robinson, Universal Credit Manager Riverside has been working with customers to help them move onto Universal Credit for a number of years now. Over that time we have listened to their concerns and issues and have tailored our support to make their Universal Credit journey as straightforward as we possibly can. To simplify

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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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