Riverside Foundation

Our charity Riverside Foundation exists to transform lives.

About Riverside Foundation

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Riverside Foundation LogoOur 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 do

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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.

Related Riverside Foundation documents

  • Riverside Foundation Financial Statements 2017/18 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Financial Statements 2016/17 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Financial Statements 2015/16 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes February 2019 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes October 2018 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes July 2018 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes April 2018 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes January 2018 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes October 17 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes July 17 Download
  • Riverside Foundation Minutes April 17 Download

Who we are

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Gate buddies

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: Michelle Dovey (Chair), Linda Wright, Mark Cullinan, Jane Harris and Jacky Vince.

Riverside Foundation: Registered charity number 513727

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