Young People – we provide a wide range of housing and support solutions for young people throughout England, including services for teenage parents, those leaving local authority or foster care and young offenders. We go beyond housing and have a wealth of experience of working with young people who have experienced homelessness, substance misuse and have complex support needs.
Substance Misuse – we provide support services to customers in our schemes and community settings, to manage their recovery from substance misuse and addiction. The continued misuse of any substance severely affects a person’s physical and mental health, social situation and ability to fulfil their responsibilities. We offer a range of support, from harm minimisation to residential rehab and support to help people maintain their abstinence. Based on a ‘cycle of change’ which helps people move on positively with their lives, we use a range of programmes many of which are peer led, in order to assist people to achieve a life free from substances.
People with an Offending History – we have developed services to reintegrate people with offending history back into society by accessing education, training and work opportunities. Our specialist teams work with each individual to identify how they can have a positive role in their communities, and operate both in custody settings and the community to provide a comprehensive ‘through the gate’ offer.
Learning Disabilities – We have expertise in providing long-term supported housing, a safe, supportive and enabling environment for people with Learning Disabilities. Our customers include; adults aged 18 upwards, single people, mild to moderate Learning Disabilities.
Domestic Abuse – Riverside supports women, men and children to live without fear of violence through a range of specialist refuges for women and children. We also have refuge space for men, as well as community based support and dispersed properties for anyone fleeing or experiencing domestic abuse.
Veterans – Riverside actively supports the Armed Forces in a number of ways. Externally, we help homeless veterans through our housing services across the country, providing advice and support to them. Internally, we employ veterans and reservists whose transferrable skills and experience gives real benefits to Riverside.
- Riverside – first civilian Housing Association to sign the Military Corporate Covenant in June 2014.
- National provider of Support and Care services, including 3 supported housing schemes for Veterans as well as the Veterans Artisan Bakery and SPACES.
- We have supported homeless Veterans and their families since 1999. The Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services (SPACES) opened in September 2000, since then Riverside have assisted over 16,000 single Veterans with their housing needs.
- Experience of delivering programmes to Veterans working in partnership with other organisations, includes 17 years working with the Ministry of Defence running SPACES, delivering EU and Lottery funded programmes at the Beacon, Catterick Garrison & Mike Jackson House, Aldershot.
- Riverside are a valued member of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) Housing Cluster.
- Presented with a Silver Award from the Defence Employment Recognition Scheme (DERS) in 2017.
Riverside started working with veterans in 1999 in response to the increasing problem of homelessness among single Service leavers. As a result SPACES, the Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex Services opened in September 2000. The aim is to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping among single Service leavers. On average SPACES deals with over 1000 single Service leavers/homeless veterans per year. We work closely with the Joint Service Housing Advice Office to ensure that Single Service Leavers have accommodation to move into on discharge.
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