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All the reasons we DON’T need Black History Month

By Aminata Kamara, Employment and Training Officer Let’s face it, Black History Month is a bit old school and outdated. It was probably only necessary at a time when Black people were specifically targeted because of their race during post war migration. But we have moved on immensely since then. We are a more inclusive

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Hate Crime Awareness Week

By Jenny Crocker, Co-chair of Riversdie’s LGBT staff network Spectrum In September 2009, Ian Baynham was a victim of a homophobic attack. He was verbally abused and beaten unconscious in Trafalgar Square. After two weeks in a coma he died from the injuries he had sustained. His death inspired the first London Vigil against Hate

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How can you help to prevent suicide?

By Fran Stulberg, Chair of Riverside’s disability staff network Enable Today is World Mental Health Day, this year focusing on suicide prevention. But why is it so important to raise awareness? We know that suicide is preventable, not inevitable and here at Riverside our Enable staff group and our 200+ mental health champions already play

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Celebrating Bi Visibility Day

By Jenny Crocker, Co-Chair of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Since 1999, Bi Visibility Day has been held on September 23, and is a day to recognise and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, community and culture. Bisexual and bi are umbrella terms used to refer to sexual orientations which express sexual and/or emotional attraction to more

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Riverside supports Merseyside-based LGBT football team

Colleagues from our in-house repairs team Evolve played a friendly match against a Merseyside-based LGBT football team last Sunday (4 August), showing our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We played our first football match as part of our corporate sponsorship of the Mersey Marauders inclusive football team. As a Stonewall Diversity Champion, this

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Why we all need allies

By Ian Gregg, Director of Asset Services I grew up as a white, middle class, heterosexual male just south of Stockport. I attended a posh school, albeit on an assisted place scheme, so am well aware of the benefits and privileges, and limited discrimination, these diversity/socio-economic characteristics bring. This privilege led to me living quite

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Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

By Danny Briggs, Housing Services Processing Officer and Communications Officer for Riverside’s LGBT staff group Spectrum Having looked back over 2019 so far, one thing seems to stand out over others in relation to LGBT issues – teaching about LGBT relationships in schools. This has been a controversial topic to say the least. Since January

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How can a white Welsh girl be the leader for Origin?

By Cris McGuinness, Chief Financial Officer On joining Riverside, as a lesbian, I half expected to be a role model for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff group Spectrum. I never in a million years expected to be asked to be the Executive Sponsor for Origin, the staff network for black, Asian and

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Supporting the trans community

By Jenny Crocker, Service manager and Co-chair of Riverside’s LGBT staff group Spectrum Last weekend several Spectrum committee members went to show their support for the trans community during Manchester’s Sparkle Weekend. This is the fourth year Riverside has attended Sparkle and we are proud to say that once again we were the only housing

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Supporting our customers through Universal Credit

By Rachael Robinson, Universal Credit Manager Riverside has been working with customers to help them move onto Universal Credit for a number of years now. Over that time we have listened to their concerns and issues and have tailored our support to make their Universal Credit journey as straightforward as we possibly can. To simplify

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