About Riverside FoundationBack to top
Our charity Riverside Foundation exists to provide practical support to help people overcome obstacles for a better quality of life. Closely linked to Riverside, one of the largest social landlords in the country, and operating in the communities where they own properties, we support a diverse range of projects aimed at promoting community action and cohesion, and breaking the cycle of poverty in our neighbourhoods.
The key themes we will focus on during 2017 -2020 are:
Employment & training – supporting people of all ages and backgrounds into education, employment and training.
Poverty relief – helping disenfranchised, isolated and challenged people to become stable, constructive and financially sustainable members of their community.
Health & wellbeing – supporting individuals and communities to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing through a variety of engagement activities.
Supporting vulnerable people – supporting those who are vulnerable or who suffer barriers caused by age, disability, illness or circumstance.
What we doBack to top
Our current projects include:
Our Employment & Training advice and guidance project operates in key deprived communities around the UK, and offers a holistic, one to one information, advice and guidance service to those aged 16 or over who are currently unemployed or otherwise out of work. Our Project Officers develop a step-by-step plan of action with clients to help them back into work, motivating individuals in a trustworthy, supportive environment. Visit our Employment and Training Advice pages to find out more.
The Foundation supports Money Advisors, working across England helping our customers with money issues. They provide support to customers to gain welfare benefits and grants from trust funds like the helping hand for essential furniture, cookers or energy top-ups. The team also signpost to debt advice specialists and other support where it is needed. Visit our Money Advice pages to find out more.
The Foundation supports Affordable Warmth Officers, they too work across England to assist our customers in need. This may be where customers have had their supplies of electricity, gas or water cut off, where there are issues with affordability or use. Officers help customers with emergency grants, reconnections, switching providers and help them seek funds to reduce or clear debts. They also show customers how to use their heating and electricity more effectively and also signpost them to other support specialist.
Our Helping Hands fund provides immediate and tangible support to those at risk of homelessness, poverty and social isolation. We offer a lifeline to people at the margins of society at a point of crisis, when they need immediate poverty relief, including access to essential household items, help with household bills and ongoing support in accessing employment, accommodation and leading a sustainable life.
Gate Buddies aims to stop the cycle of offending, prison and homelessness by supporting offenders and their families. The ‘through the gate’, volunteer led service starts towards the end of the prison sentence and continues after release, supporting clients and their families through the journey from leaving prison to resettling in the community by using their own skills and lived experience.
Who we areBack to top
The Riverside Foundation was known as the Riverside Housing Association Charitable Trust until November 2013, when legal changes to the Trust’s governing document were approved by the Charity Commission.
The charitable trust was originally established in 1983 by Riverside (formerly Merseyside Improved Houses) to promote charitable activities and provide benefit in areas where the housing association operated, in and around Merseyside.
The annual income from the trust’s investments enabled it to contribute grants to projects such as the Care and Repair Special Fund – designed to provide small grants for minor property adaptations for older, vulnerable, low income homeowners in Merseyside. In 2012, work began to update and modernise the charitable trust to enable it to provide benefit across the same areas as where the Riverside Group operates, and become a pro-actively managed fundraising body, raising funds from external grant-giving charitable trusts, corporate bodies and other donors.
The current Trustees of the Riverside Foundation are: Susan Jee (Chair), Philip Raw, Philip Han, Paul Forster-Jones and Jo Kennefick.
Riverside Foundation in numbers – 2016/17Back to top
5,500 people or households received support from the Riverside Foundation’s projects.
£2.5million cash gained through benefits, trust funds and switching energy providers.
2,391 people into employment or training.
397 people received grants through our two hardship funds (Helping Hands supports people with furniture, white good, fuel top-ups etc; the HIA Special Fund provides grants to elderly, vulnerable and disabled homeowners).
65 ex-offenders supported by Gate Buddy peer mentors in Greater Manchester.
1,472 elderly, vulnerable or disabled homeowners benefitted from simple handyperson jobs to make their lives at home a little bit easier.
56 street homeless people have been engaged by our 11 volunteer Street Buddies in Westminster.
285 children received ‘out of school’ dinner and breakfasts in PRYDE, Irvine.
£650,596 has been committed by the Riverside Foundation for projects in 2017/18.
Riverside Foundation: Registered charity number 513727