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Steve’s recovery journey began when he came Vaughan House

A 25-year addiction to heroin had plagued Steve Rodda’s life. The 51-year-old from Guildford has been kidnapped, attacked with an axe and has slept rough in a tent. But with support from Riverside, Steve is starting to lead the normal life he’s always craved. “I was about 18 when I started doing drugs. I smoked

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My first step on to the property ladder with the help of Riverside

First time buyer Meghann has become a homeowner in Cheshire with the help of Riverside and shared ownership.

First time buyer Meghann has become a homeowner in Cheshire with the help of Riverside and shared ownership. Meghann, aged 24, had previously rented from a private landlord and lived with friends, so was ready to buy her first home – and shared ownership made the dream possible. Property prices in Cheshire East are amongst

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Sowing the seeds for a healthier lifestyle in Enfield

For a group of young residents in Enfield, getting their five-a-day just got easier. That’s because they’ve learned to plant and grow their own fruit and veg. And, as they’ve found out, healthy eating isn’t the only good thing to come from growing your own. A project being run for residents at Enfield Young People’s

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#HousingDay 2017: What social housing means to Riverside customers

Today is #HousingDay 2017 which celebrates the difference that social housing makes to people all over the country. This year the day is focused on telling customers’ stories and dispelling misconceptions about who lives in social housing.  Next year Riverside will be 90 years old and our roots go back to 1928. We began life

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Homeless service, Willow Walk, turned my life around

Kevin Scanlon at Willow Walk in Cambridge

Father-of-two Kevin Scanlon, 51, from Ely, served his country in the Army and ended up homeless. But Willow Walk helped him get his life back on track… and he even ended up managing the scheme to help other homeless people rebuild their lives. He tells his story….   “I was born in London and grew

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Employability Day: How we help people learn new skills and gain employment

Stephen Hewitt, Riverside’s Employment & Training Officer in Carlisle, provides support to Riverside tenants who want to learn new skills and gain employment. He went the extra mile for one customer, Becky, who needed support to successfully get the job she wanted that’s suited to her needs. The 21-year-old has Asperger syndrome. Stephen explains how

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