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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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Riverside responds to the Social Housing Green Paper

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

The government’s long-awaited Social Housing Green Paper has been published today. The Green Paper sets out 5 core themes: Tackling stigma and celebrating thriving communities Expanding supply and supporting home ownership Effective resolution of complaints Empowering residents and strengthening the regulator Ensuring homes are safe and decent A consultation has been launched alongside the Green

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Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy welcomed by Riverside

Rough Sleeper

Riverside welcomes the government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy as a crucial first step towards meeting their manifesto pledge to end rough sleeping by 2027. It is refreshing to see that the government have worked with sector experts to fully understand the depth of issues facing people sleeping rough and have developed a strategy which sets out

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It’s ace being an Ally

By Carole Rothery, Strategy and Planning Assistant Liverpool Pride takes place this weekend and I can’t wait! As a Friend of Spectrum (Spectrum is Riverside’s LBGT staff group) I will be joining some of my colleagues to take part in what will be my first Pride march. Over the years I have stood and watched

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Riverside’s Pledge to Tackling Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse make a stand pledge

Chief Executive, Carol Matthews explains why Riverside has signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand pledge Every four years, we all get excited about the World Cup. (Well, some of us! As a Scot, I am completely disinterested). Offices around the country have their sweepstakes. England fans just have that wee bit

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Housing associations can end our over-reliance on a small group of big builders

Sir Oliver Letwin’s letter is encouraging for those of us who want greater diversification to ensure we are building the homes that are needed, writes Carol Matthews. The Times recently trumpeted that house-building is back at pre-crash levels. In many cities you can’t see the sky for the construction cranes. Houses are certainly being built – but

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International Women’s Day 2018: Let’s call out the abuse of power in all its guises

On International Women’s Day 2018, Riverside’s Chief Executive Carol Matthews reflects on the role models we should celebrate… and the behaviours we should all challenge.   “The great thing about being a part of a national housing, care and support group is I have the pleasure of being on every kind of public transport, battering

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How the sector can make a Big Change on homelessness

We simply cannot allow the rise in rough sleeping to carry on, writes Riverside’s Chief Executive Carol Matthews. With the recent cold snap, it just makes you think how dreadful it must be to spend a night on the streets and sadly, more people have to. Homelessness remains a massive problem for our country. Just walk down

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Riverside’s response to the Government’s consultation on housing costs for sheltered housing and extra care accommodation

Riverside is one of the largest charitable housing association groups in the country, owning and managing over 53,000 homes across England and Scotland. We are a significant provider of supported housing, delivering homes and services to over 10,000 customers across 872 schemes. Of these 223 schemes are sheltered housing and 15 are extra care. We

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