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Inclusivity for a diverse workforce

By Emily McEvoy, Talent Acquisistion Assistant I am a lesbian woman in her 20s but my sexuality isn’t something I really think about so much these days, it is completely natural to me. I feel eternally grateful to those before me who fought for our rights as LGBT people and paved the way for me

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LGBT and mental health

By Lee Buss-Blair, Director of Operations We often talk about the importance of being able to be your authentic self at work, and of visible role models. But why is that, why are these things so important? I’m a man of a certain age, and while it would be impolite to ask me what age

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Respecting diversity on Bi Visibility Day 

By John Glenton, Spectrum Executive Sponsor   This month, the final touches are being made to our annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission and I am proud that we have been a Stonewall top 100 company for the past eight years.  I know some people may ask that with all the priorities we have at Riverside like improving our customer experience and the important merger work with One Housing, why do we still focus our energy on these

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Bi Visibility 2021 

  By Jenny Crocker, Specrtum Co-Chair   Bi Visibility Month and, in particular Bi Visibility Day, is a time to recognise and celebrate bisexuality, bi history, community and culture.    Bisexual is an umbrella terms used to refer to sexual orientations which express sexual and/or emotional attraction to more than one gender, or regardless of gender. However, many people who do not identify as gay or straight also do not identify

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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

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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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