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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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Housing matters

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

Rather predictably, so far the general election campaign has been dominated by Brexit and a relatively tight group of domestic issues, with health pretty much at the top of the list. Housing has been much less prominent, despite it being so important to all of our lives. Whether it’s is the inaccessibility of the housing

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As we remember the sacrifices of those that served, here’s how Britain’s new Office for Veteran Affairs can act to end veterans’ homelessness

At this time of year as the nation comes together to pause and commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in active service in all conflicts, it is also important to remember that we must also focus on all those who have served and their families. As well as reflecting on the past it is

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Older People’s Day

By : John Glenton, Director of Operations for care and support services Today is Older People’s Day and that brings me to consider older people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community. Many in their 60s, 70s and 80s may have experienced direct discrimination and some have lived in fear of imprisonment, when homosexuality

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Black culture and its effect on LGBT history

By Michael Gill, Co-chair of Riverside’s LGBT employee network Spectrum Whenever I am asked to write a blog for Black History Month from an LGBT perspective my mind always goes to Marsha P Johnson, the gay activist and drag queen. However this year, I thought it’d be a great time to talk about one example

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Older People’s Day – LGBT

By John Glenton, Riverside’s director of operations in care and support and co-chair of Spectrum, the LGBT staff group. Today is Older People’s Day and that brings me to consider older people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community. Many in their 60s, 70s and 80s may have experienced direct discrimination and some

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Older People’s Day 2019: The valuable contribution older make to society

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To mark Older People’s Day 2019, Sally Nicholson, Riverside’s Head of Operations, explains why it is important that we all celebrate the achievements and contribution older people make in our communities. Today, October 1, is the celebration of older people and the contribution they make to our society. As many of us are aware, the number

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We all have a role to play in ending homelessness

Homelessness is on the increase and solutions are needed. Everyone in the sector must step up to the plate, argues Carol Matthews I am very fortunate in my role that I get to travel around the country seeing so many wonderful places. Whether it be an ambitious regeneration project or retirement living scheme, I am always

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Pan-northern infrastructure investment will ensure the North realises its potential

Roof tops in Headingley, Leeds.

The government’s Northern Powerhouse appears to remain on the agenda, but polices towards housebuilding must match the rebalancing ambition, warns Carol Matthews. ‘The Northern Powerhouse is a vision for joining up the North’s great towns, cities and counties, pooling their strengths, and tackling major barriers to productivity to unleash the full economic potential of the North’.

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