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My Future Interactive Session

Pennybarn school

Gillian Scott (Employability Officer) visited St Luke’s Primary School to deliver an interactive session with primary 7’s called ‘My Future’.  The interactive session from Irvine Housing Association is aimed at primary 7’s who are moving into secondary school after the summer and highlights how important it is to leave school with qualifications as well as

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My Energy Interactive Session

My Energy Interactive Session St Luke’s Primary School, Pennyburn Kathryn Morrison (Affordable Warmth Officer) & Lyndsay McLaughlin (Executive Services Assistant) visited St Luke’s Primary School recently to tell the primary 5’s all about Energy Saving Week and delivered an interactive session on what IHA do to help reduce energy consumption and costs, as well as

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Meet Winston – National Apprenticeship Week

Winston former Grow Trainee

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week apprentices and trainees across Riverside are sharing their stories about how working with us has transformed their lives.  We support workplace training opportunities for our former homeless customers. Riverside’s Giving Real Opportunities for Work (GROW) programme offers employment as part of a ten-month placement. Not only does this give essential work experience, but it

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Meet Suriena – National Apprenticeship Week

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week apprentices and trainees across Riverside have been sharing their amazing stories about how working with us has transformed their lives. As the week draws to a close there is still time for one more apprenticeship story. Suriena Thomson, 19 , is a Business Apprentice working with our income management team in North Bransholme. Suriena told us ” I wanted

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Meet Jade – National Apprenticeship Week

It’s National Apprenticeship Week!  Apprentices across Riverside are telling their own stories about how working with Riverside is transforming their lives.  Today we meet Jade who is working with Evolve Facilities, part of Riverside Group delivering our repairs and maintenance service . “I started working for Evolve as an apprentice in Business Administration  in February 2015.  Before starting

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Intensive intervention case study

When Nat was referred to Riverside’s Intensive Intervention project via her housing officer, she had given up hope. Nat was victimised for years, living as male to female trans, but was too scared to report it. The final straw came when she was broken into and had death threats painted on her walls. She phoned

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Evolve apprenticeship has given my life focus, says Charlie


As National Apprenticeship Week 2017 continues, Charlie Ralston explains why the chance to earn and learn is making such a difference to him. Charlie, aged 19, is an apprentice electrician at Evolve Facilities, which repairs and maintains our homes, and is part of the Riverside Group. “I chose to do an apprenticeship because after going

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Environmental CSR – Public transport

Sue Powell, Head of Service Improvement recently decided to have a go commuting to work on public transport. Here is her story: I would probably describe myself as a half-hearted user of public transport, committed in theory to the concept of greener travel but sometimes the lure of the door to door car journey from

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Digital training sessions at Irvine Housing Association

Irvine Housing Association (IHA) held digital coffee mornings throughout the month of November with their sheltered housing tenants at West Doura Court and Hawthorn Place in Kilwinning. Mark Abrahart, IHA’s IT Support and Gillian Scott, IHA’s Employability Officer, were on hand during each session to offer help and advice.   Gillian Scott, Employability Officer at

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Meet Ryan – National Apprenticeship Week

Ryan Cook Compendium Apprentice

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week apprentices and trainees across Riverside are sharing their stories about how working with us has transformed their lives. Today we meet Ryan Cook, an award-winning apprentice bricklayer.   In October 2015 Ryan was chosen from more than 100 nominees as the winner of the national Young Builder of the Year award, organised by Youthbuild

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