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Why celebrating Pride is more important than ever

By John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support and Executive Sponsor of our LGBTIQ+ staff network Spectrum. Why Pride?  I know some people are asking why the UK still needs LGBTIQ+ events when in some respects our community has never had it so good. With so many improvements in the equality laws and high-profile

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Celebrating Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which is celebrated at the end of Transgender Awareness Week, aimed at highlighting some of the struggles faced by transgender people, raising awareness and inclusion, exploring how transgender people are portrayed in the media and how policies and laws have changed. Transgender Day of Remembrance began in 1998

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Celebrating International Men’s Day

On International Men’s Day, Care & Support Director of Operations Lee Buss-Blair talks about how ‘real’ men can still lead by example without having to conform to gender stereotypes – and can even use jazz hands if they want! The main purpose of International Men’s Day this year is to highlight the positive value men

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Celebrating International Lesbian Day


Today is International Lesbian Day. To mark the occasion, Chief Financial Officer Cris McGuinness tallks about changing times and the importance of visible lesbian leaders. The other day, in a meandering dinner time conversation about all manner of things – my teenage daughter, asked me how, when I was young(er), I knew which girls liked

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Riverside runners and riders clock up 17,000km and raise £9,000 for Church Homeless Trust

Over 80 staff at Riverside took part in the “Stretch Yourself for CHT” in June, which aimed to raise money for the Church Homeless Trust’s (CHT) emergency Covid fund. Times are harder than ever for people affected by homelessness. CHT is a small independent charity that raises funds to support homeless people and Riverside staff

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Employability Day 2020: How we’re helping customers learn new skills and find employment even through lockdown

To mark Employability Day, Gail Jenson, Riverside’s lead for Employment and Training, talks about the change in the way they deliver services to Riverside customers who are looking for training opportunities or work. As well as supporting those who have been affected by the recent Covid-19 situation and helping them to find direction. Before the

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Men’s health and the LGBTQ+ community

By Michael Gill, Co-chair of our LGBTQ+ staff network Spectrum I was pleaed to be asked to contribute to Men’s Health Week and this year’s theme of the COVID 19 outbreak as this is so important to the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ community already faces health inequalities without a global pandemic and, because of this,

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Mental Health Awareness Week

At the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, Executive Director Ian Gregg has written this blog about the importance of kindness in times of trouble.  As we begin Mental Health Awareness Week, I need to be honest and say I struggled last week. Having reflected on this, there were a few reasons why. As an

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World AIDS Day – why it’s important to know your status

By John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support On 1 December we marked the 30th annual World AIDS Day. The theme this year is ‘know your status’, encouraging people to be aware of their HIV infection status and to access HIV prevention, treatment and care services.  Only 75% of people living with HIV are

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