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Riverside launches new volunteer Buddies service to support customers

Grace Connor

Riverside has launched a new initiative coinciding with national Volunteers’ Week for colleagues to offer bespoke volunteering support services to further engage with vulnerable customers across the country. The new Scheme Buddy service offers additional support for Riverside’s frontline teams across its communities who are facing up to the challenges and additional pressures presented by

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Anton volunteers to work on the frontline in ICU with coronavirus patients

Anton Newcombe from Mike Jackson House volunteered to work in the ICU ward with coronavirus patients at his local hospital.

Camaraderie shown in communities across the country during the Covid-19 outbreak has been tremendous, and one Riverside resident is no exception as he has put himself on the frontline to work in dangerous circumstances. When the pandemic took hold in this country earlier this year, Anton Newcombe wanted to do something worthwhile to support his

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Riverside’s response to BBC News report around rough sleeping

Riverside Street Buddy Ashley Maigwa chats to a homeless man on the streets of Westminster.

In response to today’s BBC news report John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside, talks about next steps for those in emergency accommodation. Amanda is staying at the Holiday Inn in Manchester and is now flourishing, finding her identity again. She had slept rough for eight years before staying at the hotel

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Resettlement options for people who’ve been sleeping rough during COVID-19

The Government has brought forward funding to provide 6,000 additional housing units for people brought inside from rough sleeping during the COVID-19 crisis. More than half of these are going to be made available in the next 12 months, with additional ‘revenue’ funding also available to provide support. Riverside support over 3,000 people who are

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Mental Health Awareness Week

At the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Executive Director Ian Gregg has written this blog about the importance of kindness in times of trouble.  As we begin Mental Health Awareness Week, I need to be honest and say I struggled last week. Having reflected on this, there were a few reasons why. As an

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Friends of Duffield supports Riverside customers to self-isolate in Derby

Riverside customer Sharmaine with her new TV at Centenary House which has been donated by the Friends of Duffield Homeless Group to help them self-isolate.

Customers at Riverside’s supported service for people affected by homelessness in Derby are being helped to manage their social distancing with the donation of eight TVs from a local church group. Centenary House in Derby city centre offers supported accommodation to people with complex needs and addictions, as well as those customers accessing Riverside’s further

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Tips on keeping safe and busy during the Covid-19 pandemic

Victor Andrews_Chair of Riverside's Customer Voice.

For Riverside tenant, Victor Andrews, it isn’t the first time he has had to take precautionary measures during a pandemic, as he had to deal with foot and mouth disease in 2001 when he owned a small holding. The 67-year-old lives at Church Court retirement living scheme in East London and is chair of Riverside’s

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Riverside joins partners to set out principles preventing people returning to the streets after COVID pandemic

Riverside has put their name to a letter signed by housing providers, homelessness organisations and sector leaders sent to Dame Louise Casey, who will be spearheading the Government’s taskforce into rough sleeping during the COVID pandemic. The letter commends the government for leadership shown in the first phase of the pandemic to bring rough sleepers

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Neston High School support our Powerhouse team with crucial PPE

Staff at a school in Cheshire have been supporting our frontline teams by making and assembling face visors. James Burns, acting Service Delivery Manager at the Powerhouse, manages the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment to our frontline teams in his region. After noticing a short supply of face visors, a colleague suggested he get in

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VE DAY at Mike Jackson House

Residents and staff at Mike Jackson House, our homeless veterans’ accommodation in Aldershot, Hampshire organised a day of activities to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. Jane McClintock MBE, Service Manager at Mike Jackson House, gives an account on how they commemorated the day while social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.  On Friday,

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