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World Suicide Prevention Day 2017: Let’s talk

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day this Sunday 10 September, Riverside Care and Support’s Liz Turner considers why talking and listening could help to save a life. Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Some of these people may be linked to

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An unprecedented threat to supported housing


By John Glenton, Executive Director for Riverside Care and Support. The National Housing Federation’s ‘Starts at Home’ campaign which launched on Friday (1/9/17) comes at a crucial time for supported housing providers. For not only are we responding to huge increases in the numbers of homeless and older people needing support, we are also in

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Starts at Home day: Why providing homes and support for homeless people is so important

Starts at Home Day on 1 September 2017

 Three decades ago, John Glenton began work as a chef in a supported housing scheme. Today he runs national care and support services for the same organisation, Riverside. On Starts at Home day, he reflects on the importance of providing homes and support for homeless people as uncertainty over government funding for the sector continues…

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We need to speak up on behalf of our sector

The sector must do more to shape the narrative around social housing after Grenfell

The sector must do more to shape the narrative around social housing after Grenfell, says Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive The last few weeks have presented huge dilemmas for those of us working in social housing, especially for landlords who own or manage high and medium rise buildings. And whilst our focus has rightly been on urgently assessing

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Promoting open conversations about mental health

Opening conversations at Riverside during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8 to 14, 2017). Here, Helen Gore, Head of Supported Housing, reflects on Riverside’s commitment to ending the stigma surrounding depression, anxiety and other conditions… Riverside recognises that the often traumatic histories experienced by the vulnerable people in our services means many of them will face some kind of

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Supported housing: MPs call on Government to think again after hearing evidence from Riverside

A Riverside Care and Support outreach worker talks to a rough sleeper.

A cross-party report from MPs today urged the Government to scrap plans to base housing benefit funding for vulnerable people living in supported housing on private sector rents. They said that if the proposals go ahead as planned, they could lead to a serious shortfall in the availability of specialist housing for vulnerable people, including

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Trying to push a ‘round shaped’ sector into an ‘LHA shaped’ hole…

What next for the funding of supported housing? Riverside's Simon Ketteridge considers the challenges that lie ahead

What next for the funding of supported housing? As the sector awaits the outcome of a government inquiry, Simon Ketteridge, Riverside Care and Support’s Director of Business Development, considers the challenges that lie ahead… Every year, we support 16,000 customers in more than 300 homelessness and Retirement Living services across the country. Many of these

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Older people’s housing can be part of answer to UK’s homes shortage

Cathedral Court

After recently giving evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, John Glenton, offers his views on the future of supported housing for older people… The UK currently has a shortage of affordable housing. Not only is the supply of new homes not meeting demand, but the

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International Women’s Day: ‘Barriers only made me more determined to succeed’

Before she worked in housing, Riverside’s Leann Hearne blazed a trail in a man’s world. On International Women’s Day 2017, she offers a personal reflection ‘Be Bold for Change’ is this year’s theme for International Women’s Day, and Leann has certainly managed to be that over the last 30 years. Throughout her career, she’s overcome

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