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How to celebrate Black History Month if you’re not Black

Black History Month should be a time of celebration for everyone. If you’re white and thinking ‘but how can I celebrate Black History Month?’ then Housing Officer Smira Khalid has some information for you. ‘This isn’t for me’ – I get it, I’m British/Asian Pakistani Black history is everyone’s history, but has been systemically left

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

By Kat Fleming-Scott, Housing Services Processing Officer Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which is celebrated at the end of Transgender Awareness Week. This year Riverside has marked the week with a series of posts and articles aimed at highlighting some of the struggles faced by transgender people, raising awareness and inclusion, exploring how

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World AIDS Day 2019

By Lee Buss, Director of Operations Michael Gill’s recent blog on the Ball Scene, as shown on the TV series POSE, and Michelle Visage’s homage to vogueing in Strictly, have given me cause to think as we approach World AIDS Day about my own experiences of the HIV and AIDS crisis over the decades. The

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Human rights and the LGBT community

By Kat Fleming-Scott and Danny Briggs, Housing Services Processing Officers and members of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Today we commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR was one of the UN’s first major achievements as well as the first time

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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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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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Riverside’s response to £260 million government funding to support people who are homeless

On 23 December 2019 the Prime Minister pledged more than £260 million to local authorities to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping. In response to this John Glenton, Riverside’s Executive Director of Care and Support, said: “As a major provider of services to tackle and prevent homelessness, Riverside welcomes the government’s continued commitment to addressing the

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New Year, New Government, New Opportunities

As a new year dawns, the sector must act quickly to make its voice heard to the new MPs on the debate around housing, writes Riverside’s Chief Executive Carol Matthews… 2019 has been a year of change and upheaval, culminating in one of the most remarkable general elections in a generation. As we anticipate the

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