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Moving city stresses for the trans community

By Draiton Berridge, Support Worker Since my last blog, which you can read here, I have moved from St Patrick’s Supported Living Scheme in Brighton to Willow Walk in Cambridge, a decision to stay with Riverside and scope out new experiences and opportunities in East Anglia. A recurring issue in the trans community is changing

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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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Everything changed when I was referred to Hardwick House

Two years ago, I didn’t want to live. I’d go to bed and pray that I wouldn’t wake up. I was only 42 but I’d led a destructive, dysfunctional life. The things I’d done – drug dealing, violence, substance abuse and sleeping rough – were haunting me. But a chance meeting with a fellow veteran

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Being an LGBT role model

By John Glenton, Executive Director Care and Support and Executive Sponsor of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Experience tells me that having visible LGBT role models can have a transformative impact on creating a truly inclusive workplace and society. We shouldn’t underestimate the impact that visibility makes to people, it makes a difference when it’s

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