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We are looking for dynamic customer-focused organisations who would like to partner the Health and Wellbeing services in our retirement living schemes, offering advice or activity sessions locally or nationally.

We aim to be innovative, forward thinking and engage with the ever changing dynamics of our customers.

We are passionate, dynamic market leaders. Especially interesting in bridging that gaps between health services and housing.

We are a national company with a local heart, whether projects are big or small we want to hear from you.

What it is?

The Health & Wellbeing service was developed to deliver health and wellbeing initiatives across 200 + Riverside retirement living schemes, for the benefit of our customers and wider communities. The service was launched in May 2017.

The service’s overall aim is to support our customers to age healthy, to be resilient, independent, and maintain a feeling of physical and mental wellness. To be innovative, forward thinking and engage with the ever changing dynamics of our customers. 

What we do?

We have developed a 12 month rolling campaign, based on UK national awareness days and public health campaigns and generic titles have been appointed to each programme to ensure they capture a variety of themes.

Our Sample Campaigns

  • January – Fit for 2018

The year opens with our ‘Fit for 2018’ programme looking at a new healthier you. January’s campaign will look at some great initiatives to bring people together and look at a healthier lifestyle choices.

To move well, eat well and live longer we will look at the healthy food plate, cooking for one, and eating healthily on a budget. What help is out there to quit smoking and reduce alcohol intake, and some fun sessions to keep that brain healthy and active.

  • February – Friendly February

February is ‘random act of kindness’ month, we will be basing our theme this month around giving back, and encouraging people to go the extra mile to help in their community. We will be exploring potential volunteering opportunities to benefit our customers, and looking for external partner agencies to assist and come on board.

  • March – Meet and Make in March

In March spring is almost in the air and we will be looking at what is taking place in our local communities, what groups, what local and national resources our customers can tap into. We will have some great arts and craft sessions, external community providers coming into our services, could you be one of them?

Why are we different?

Riverside is a forward thinking organisation, with the demographic of older people changing and people living longer, our retirement living services have evolved from ‘bingo and knit and natter’, not to say we are no longer continuing these activities in our schemes, it’s just our customers are asking us for more innovative ideas, like WIFI in schemes and funkier more challenging activities. Naturally we have risen to the challenge!

We have arranged Tai chi, armchair boxing, deck quiots, drummer-cise, indoor archery to name a few. We providing information awareness coffee sessions on schemes tackling subject like falls prevention, digital inclusion, and loneliness.

Our Current Partnerships

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Eden Project big Lunch – The Big Lunch is a national initiative that Riverside’s Health and Wellbeing service delivers annually in partnership with the Eden Project.

The Eden Project aims to improve the happiness and wellbeing of people across the UK by helping to build more resilient and better connected communities.

Riverside supports and encourages people to participate in this project with this year’s lunch simultaneously providing lunches on 108 of our retirement living schemes nationally. It was a huge success in reducing social isolation and building communities.

The British Red Cross – We have been working in partnership with the Red Cross to provide bespoke first aid training for our retirement living customers. These courses aim to create an awareness to prevent and reduce accidents and incidents, and increase the wellbeing and resilience of our customers. 

Learning first aid can help our customers feel more prepared and able to cope in an emergency situation. You never know when you might need to help a colleague, friend, family member, or even someone you don’t know; here at Riverside we think everyone should have the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.

Macmillan Cancer Research – ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer, and families supporting their journey.

Riverside’s retirement services have supported this initiative for many years, but this year it became a formal part of Health and Wellbeing service ‘Let’s Celebrate Older People’ October campaign. Our joint collaboration of retirement living staff and customers raised a massive £9759.75.

Stroke Association – The stroke association are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering strokes.  There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. That’s one stroke every five minutes.

Even though you are now twice as likely to survive a stroke compared to 20 years ago, stroke is still the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK.

The Stroke Association are delivering awareness sessions in our retirement living schemes. Tackling the issue of what to do in the event of a stroke, how to reduce the risk of having a stroke, and the importance of regular checking of blood pressures. In addition to the awareness session each customer is offered a blood pressure check.

A tenant from Chapel Court had her blood pressure checked at the end of the session and it was the highest reading the awareness facilitator had ever taken.  An emergency GP appointment was made for this lady the same day. Naturally shaken our tenant was supported by the Health and Wellbeing service and the retirement living staff at the scheme, and 3 months later is in great health. Just one example of the benefits of partnership collaboration.

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