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The Social Value of Employment Support

employment and training manager Nick Stephenson

    By Nick Stephenson Employment and training manager The social housing sector delivers a range of services designed to make a significant impact on improving health, finances and wellbeing for customers.  But with the mounting pressure on housing associations to find the 1% cut in rent to tenants, set out by the government in

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Why making ‘Friends’ matters

By Roisin Rowley-Smith Communications officer While some were out spending on all things hearts and flowers this Valentine’s day, I was busy sharing the love at work. And no, I don’t have an office romance to report, but I am passionate about making Riverside an LGBT-friendly environment, so that everyone can be themselves at work.

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International Women’s Day

By Antoinette Turner, Spectrum co-chair On International Women’s Day I want to share the news about my new role as co-chair of Spectrum, our LGBT staff group. As women around the world celebrate their achievements, past and present, it’s as good a time as any to share my views on why lesbian and bisexual women

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Rent cut exemption only a halfway house for supported housing

The one-year rent cut exemption for supported housing only partly solves the problem, says Carol Matthews The government’s announcement at the end of last month of a year-long concession on rent reductions for sheltered, extra care and supported housing is a welcome step in the right direction. For Riverside this means greater security for over

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Building a stable foundation for affordable housing

Mark shares his thoughts on affordable housing focusing on Riverside’s achievements over the last 12 months, the challenges of welfare reform, right to buy and rent constraints and how we move forward with a new government, in their quest to build more homes. Looking back it’s been a great year for Riverside in achieving our

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LGBT history in the making

By John Glenton, Riverside’s chair of SPECTRUM and director of operations in care and support. In January I was delighted to learn that Riverside had kept its place in the Stonewall top 100 gay-friendly workplaces. And as February is the month designated to celebrating LGBT history, it’s the perfect time to both look back, and

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Making health savings through housing

By: Sally Nicholson, Riverside’s Head of Health and Care At Riverside, we bring together a range of health and care service models that blend housing and support for people with care needs. Apart from providing a safe and socially active place to live, extra care housing services enable us to help people manage their long-term

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Change grants awarded to Riverside to help end homelessness

Helen Gore is Riverside's Head of Supported Housing

By: Helen Gore, Riverside’s Head of Supported Housing To help us continue to transform the lives of the people living in our supported services, we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded with a total of £400,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Homelessness Change fund for 2016. We have been granted £250,000

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New Year, New Start, New You

By Nick Stephenson, project manager for employment and training. As we embark on a new year, many of us face far greater challenges than keeping to the resolutions made during the festivities. The Christmas hangover can result in real financial hardship for some. Choosing to forget about the rent for a few months to recoup

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North Bransholme: a shining example of how estates can be regenerated

In David Cameron’s recent article in The Sunday Time, he raises the issue of the negative influence of housing estates on people’s lives, stating that “some of them…. are actually entrenching poverty in Britain”.  The Prime Minister argues that attempts to regenerate estates in the past had “failed”.  Carl Mitchell, Riverside’s Assistant Director of Operations,

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