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What will we take forward from the coronavirus crisis?

As we slowly return to normal, we should remember the fortitude and solidarity shown during the crisis and use it to tackle the challenges we still face, writes Riversides Chief Executive Carol Matthews…. While the last few months have been nothing like normal, it does feel like there’s a degree of normality returning to work and

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Armed Forces Day: Jason’s road to recovery thanks to The Beacon

Jason Zerafa_is a resident at The Beacon.

On Armed Forces Day, Jason Zerafa shares his story of how The Beacon has helped him rediscover his identity and he’s now helping others at the supported housing service for veterans during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Beacon is our homeless veterans’ accommodation in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. I served with 4 Rifles Regiment and moved

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Employability Day 2020: How we’re helping customers learn new skills and find employment even through lockdown

To mark Employability Day, Gail Jenson, Riverside’s lead for Employment and Training, talks about the change in the way they deliver services to Riverside customers who are looking for training opportunities or work. As well as supporting those who have been affected by the recent Covid-19 situation and helping them to find direction. Before the

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Riverside’s response to BBC News report around rough sleeping

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

In response to today’s BBC news report John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside, talks about next steps for those in emergency accommodation. Amanda is staying at the Holiday Inn in Manchester and is now flourishing, finding her identity again. She had slept rough for eight years before staying at the hotel

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Tips on keeping safe and busy during the Covid-19 pandemic

Victor Andrews_Chair of Riverside's Customer Voice.

For Riverside tenant, Victor Andrews, it isn’t the first time he has had to take precautionary measures during a pandemic, as he had to deal with foot and mouth disease in 2001 when he owned a small holding. The 67-year-old lives at Church Court retirement living scheme in East London and is chair of Riverside’s

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Sometimes we need to rewrite the rule books

Despite the coronavirus crisis, looking ahead Carol Matthews is hoping a revised Treasury Green Book will help with levelling up the economy…. Budget Day seems like a long time ago. The events of the past fortnight have been extraordinary, forcing us to urgently rethink how we do things, both at home and at work. Everywhere

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Housing First: does it work?

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Ahead of the Housing First conference which was scheduled to take place on Mon 16th April, Adele Arnold, Riverside Service Manager for our RSI funded Housing First service in Medway writes about her experience with the model.  Well let’s start with – I truly do love my job as Medway Housing First Service Manager. When

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National Apprenticeship Week 2020: Riverside provides support to Halton resident applying for apprenticeships

Vanessa Shaw, Riverside’s Employment and Training Officer, explains how she has helped a resident in her area successfully apply for an apprenticeship, and is now developing a career working with children. I’ve been working with Lucy a Halton resident, for almost four years. She was referred to one of my work club sessions via Halton

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Dark times remembered in LGBT History Month

By John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support and Executive Champion of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Last month saw the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp which was responsible for the death of around 1.1 million people. Jews, Poles, Roma people, Soviet Prisoners of War and others were

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day may be primarily an American holiday but it gives us the opportunity to celebrate the life of one the leading figures in the civil rights movement. In this blog, Evlynne Opomu, Customer Service Centre Team Leader and a member of our BAME staff network, Origin, looks at what makes Martin

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