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Pop-up 1950s and 60s rooms bring memories flooding back and help people with dementia

Riverside residents and sisters Rita Connelly and Betty Hughes in the rem pod at Windsor Court, Bootle

A pop-up 1950s kitchen and 60s-inspired living room are taking Merseyside pensioners back to the good old days… and helping people with dementia. The nostalgic ‘reminiscence pods’, which include everyday items to touch and smell, even feature a vintage-style television set with newsreels from a bygone era. The pods are being used by housing association

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Volunteers’ Week: ‘The benefits of giving your time are truly priceless’

Riverside staff volunteers and students from De Montfort University clean up a neighbourhood in Leicester

It’s Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2017), celebrating the amazing contribution volunteers make to society. In the last year, Riverside staff have dedicated hundreds of hours’ volunteering time to communities around the country. Lizzie Whitmore, our Volunteer Service Manager for London, looks at why volunteering makes such a difference – and how you could get involved…

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Cambridge homeless services’ innovative work to help rebuild lives

The Victoria Project and The Springs in Cambridge are run by housing association Riverside and provide accommodation and support to homeless adults

Housing and support services in Cambridge have been praised for helping to transform the lives of homeless people….by using psychology and gardening. The Victoria Project and The Springs, based on Victoria Road, are run by housing association Riverside and provide accommodation and support to homeless adults. They also run an innovative gardening project for residents

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Apprentices take up permanent residence at Riverside Home Ownership

RHO Apprentices David and Shaun

Two apprentices have secured full time employment with Riverside Home Ownership (RHO), shortly after completing their placements on the Riverside apprenticeship programme. David Briscombe and Shaun Minton first joined us in January 2016 to develop a wide range of skills in the specialist leasehold and home ownership division. After a year of practical work and

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Armed forces leader praises new homes and support for Teesside veterans

Hardwick House in Teesside

A new housing scheme to help ex-servicemen and women in Teesside adjust to civilian life has been given the seal of approval from a retired Army commander. Lieutenant General Robin Brims has praised £3.6 million Hardwick House in Teesside, describing it as “outstanding”. The new complex provides 20 modern apartments for ex-service personnel, plus a

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There’s no place like home for 95-year-old Florence

Florence Black standing outside her Riverside home

Her parents were the first to move in when it was built 101 years ago. She was born there, married and lived with her husband there, then raised a family of her own in the same Wavertree terrace. And at the grand age of 95, gran-of-two Florence Black is still happily living in the house

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Help is at hand for tenants affected by Benefit Cap

Stephen Chapman, Riverside’s Community Engagement Project Manager, explains the impact the Benefit Cap is having on tenants. As anyone working in housing knows, changes to the welfare system have come thick and fast in recent years. Now the £20,000-a-year Benefit Cap has been rolled out nationwide, we know that around 250 Riverside customers are affected

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Homeless veterans of war supported to achieve independent living

I have been scheme manager at Mike Jackson House for the past eight years and during that time it’s been so rewarding to support homeless armed forces veterans through challenging times. Health and wellbeing, both mental and physical, lie at the heart of our work as well as helping many veterans with the difficult transition to civilian life.

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Health through housing for homeless people

Riverside attends NHS confederation conference 2016 The health and wellbeing of homeless and vulnerably housed people will be the main focus for Riverside as our Head of Health and Care Boaz Elieli and our Care and Support team attend this week’s national NHS Confederation Conference,  showcasing the work that Riverside does to improve people’s health.

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