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The Homeless Reduction Act one year on

Riverside Street Buddy Ashley Maigwa chats to a homeless man on the streets of Westminster.

John Glenton, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, looks at the measures councils can put in place to deliver better outcomes for people affected by homelessness and save money.  A year on from its introduction we still passionately believe the Homelessness Reduction Act has the potential to transform how we support homeless people in England. Now

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Smira Khalid, Housing Officer.

On International Women’s Day Smira Khalid, Riverside’s Housing Officer, talks about being the first female in her family to graduate from university and thanks her mum for inspiring her. International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year and is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. Its roots date back to 1909 when the

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We need to fight the North’s corner for housing funding and allocation

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

A new charter calls for action to prevent the North of England losing out on housing funding to London and the South East. Carol Matthews, Riverside chief executive and chair for Homes for the North, explains more… We can all agree this country needs more homes. The Government has set a national housing target of ‘at least

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How we are helping customers to tackle fuel poverty

According to National Energy Action (NEA) around four million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm home. Here at Riverside we can provide support for our customers who maybe struggling to pay their electricity, gas or other utility bills. Our Affordable Warmth Advisors are available across the country,

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Unacceptable numbers of people sleeping rough in new figures

We are disappointed not to see a greater decrease in the number of rough sleepers in England as we are working so hard to tackle and prevent homelessness across the country. Although it is encouraging that the rate of increase has clearly slowed year on year. Everyone is moved to see people who sleep rough

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Research shows that many rough sleepers have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives

Rough Sleeper Service

A staggering 4,751 people were counted or estimated to be sleeping rough by local authorities in England on any one night in autumn 2017. Riverside’s Executive Director for Care and Support, John Glenton, reflects on this depressing statistic and the perceptions versus reality of sleeping rough.   Recently I have heard a number of people

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We can’t just sit back and wait following Social Housing Green Paper consultation

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

Now it’s time to get on with our real response to the Social Housing Green Paper, says Riverside’s Chief Executive, Carol Matthews. Many of us have been busy over the past few months thinking how best to respond to the Social Housing Green Paper consultation. There’s been lots of debate over league tables, consumer ratings and whether and how

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Remembrance Sunday: Where’s Home?

Simon Allcock, Riverside’s Head of Projects

To commemorate Remembrance Sunday (November 11), Simon Allcock, Riverside’s Head of Projects, reflects on the challenges faced by ex-service personnel when they leave the Armed Forces, and asks where’s home for them? Talk to anyone about joining the armed services and it won’t be long before the subject of ‘home’ comes up. Joining the services

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It pays off for Government to listen to the sector

As social care needs increase, the need to keep dialogue open between the sector and the government is important, writes Carol Matthews. Starts At Home Day (NHF’s annual spotlight on how supported housing transforms lives) sets the scene for my reflections on the sector’s achievement in securing a sustainable future for our customers. A recent

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A view into the ‘Bi Bubble’

Jenny Crocker, Service Manager, talks about her experience at BiCon, the UK’s biggest gathering of bisexuals, their friends, partners and anyone with a positive interest in bisexuality.

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