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Older People’s Day 2019: The valuable contribution older make to society

Willow Brook Extra Care in Washington

To mark Older People’s Day 2019, Sally Nicholson, Riverside’s Head of Operations, explains why it is important that we all celebrate the achievements and contribution older people make in our communities. Today, October 1, is the celebration of older people and the contribution they make to our society. As many of us are aware, the number

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We all have a role to play in ending homelessness

Homelessness is on the increase and solutions are needed. Everyone in the sector must step up to the plate, argues Carol Matthews I am very fortunate in my role that I get to travel around the country seeing so many wonderful places. Whether it be an ambitious regeneration project or retirement living scheme, I am always

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Celebrating Bi Visibility Day

By Jenny Crocker, Co-Chair of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Since 1999, Bi Visibility Day has been held on September 23, and is a day to recognise and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, community and culture. Bisexual and bi are umbrella terms used to refer to sexual orientations which express sexual and/or emotional attraction to more

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Update on fire last night at Hastie Close, Netherley

Ten households were safely evacuated last night at Hastie Close, Netherley following a fire. An investigation is currently underway and Dean Butterworth, Riverside’s Regional Director – Liverpool City Region, has issued the following statement: “We would like to sincerely thank the emergency services who attended this serious fire last night at Hastie Close. Their professionalism

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Young and old come together at Riverside’s unique intergenerational supported housing

Jess Hoodlass, 24 and Mike Coombs, 60, at Redwood Glades Extra Care scheme in Hull have formed a great friendship since living there

On Starts at Home Day, Riverside celebrates young and older residents coming together to support each other and forging new friendships as a result of Riverside’s unique extra care housing model. Jess Hoodlass, 24 and Mike Coombs, 60, are a strong example of how intergenerational living can support residents’ lives, helping to combat isolation and

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Important piece of social history returns to Washington site

Here's the Little Onion Club planting flowers around the arch.

An historic sandstone arch that adorned a miner’s social club in Washington is now back home where it belongs. The Washington Colliery Welfare Hall and Institute was the hub of the community when it opened in 1931 until it was turned into a nightclub in the 1980s.   The site on Spout Lane became an

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Pan-northern infrastructure investment will ensure the North realises its potential

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

The government’s Northern Powerhouse appears to remain on the agenda, but polices towards housebuilding must match the rebalancing ambition, warns Carol Matthews. ‘The Northern Powerhouse is a vision for joining up the North’s great towns, cities and counties, pooling their strengths, and tackling major barriers to productivity to unleash the full economic potential of the North’.

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Moving city stresses for the trans community


By Draiton Berridge, Support Worker Since my last blog, which you can read here, I have moved from St Patrick’s Supported Living Scheme in Brighton to Willow Walk in Cambridge, a decision to stay with Riverside and scope out new experiences and opportunities in East Anglia. A recurring issue in the trans community is changing

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Riverside supports Merseyside-based LGBT football team

Colleagues from our in-house repairs team Evolve played a friendly match against a Merseyside-based LGBT football team last Sunday (4 August), showing our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We played our first football match as part of our corporate sponsorship of the Mersey Marauders inclusive football team. As a Stonewall Diversity Champion, this

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