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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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Riverside apprentice is on track to gain valuable work experience

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and Riverside is proud to be helping young people take their first step in to the working world. Our Employment and Training programme is there to help people on the path to learn new skills so they can secure a job and transform their life. Among those we have helped is

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Government needs to deliver a regional approach to housing

New homes

The Housing White Paper has done little to provide answers for the regional challenges the sector faces, says Carol Matthews, Riverside’s Chief Executive A month has passed and the dust is settling on the much anticipated Housing White Paper. Did it live up to your expectations, or are you a bit disappointed that the elusive

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Consultation reveals regional inequality of supported housing LHA caps

The Boundaries

The Government consultation on the funding of supported housing closed on 13 February and we must now await the Green Paper in the spring which will set out further detailed information. Riverside advocates the need for supported housing funding reform as the current system is unsustainable, and there is much to welcome in the Government’s

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