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Dark times remembered in LGBT History Month

By John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support and Executive Champion of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Last month saw the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp which was responsible for the death of around 1.1 million people. Jews, Poles, Roma people, Soviet Prisoners of War and others were

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day may be primarily an American holiday but it gives us the opportunity to celebrate the life of one the leading figures in the civil rights movement. In this blog, Evlynne Opomu, Customer Service Centre Team Leader and a member of our BAME staff network, Origin, looks at what makes Martin

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Human rights and the LGBT community

By Kat Fleming-Scott and Danny Briggs, Housing Services Processing Officers and members of Riverside’s LGBT staff network Spectrum Today we commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR was one of the UN’s first major achievements as well as the first time

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What can Riverside do for customers who are in fuel poverty?

To mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, Riverside’s Michael Anderson talks about how we help customers affected by fuel poverty. National Energy Action (NEA) estimate that around four million UK households are in fuel poverty and are unable to afford to live in a warm home. With winter around the corner, Riverside want to ensure that

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World AIDS Day 2019

By Lee Buss, Director of Operations Michael Gill’s recent blog on the Ball Scene, as shown on the TV series POSE, and Michelle Visage’s homage to vogueing in Strictly, have given me cause to think as we approach World AIDS Day about my own experiences of the HIV and AIDS crisis over the decades. The

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

By Kat Fleming-Scott, Housing Services Processing Officer Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which is celebrated at the end of Transgender Awareness Week. This year Riverside has marked the week with a series of posts and articles aimed at highlighting some of the struggles faced by transgender people, raising awareness and inclusion, exploring how

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How to celebrate Black History Month if you’re not Black

Black History Month should be a time of celebration for everyone. If you’re white and thinking ‘but how can I celebrate Black History Month?’ then Housing Officer Smira Khalid has some information for you. ‘This isn’t for me’ – I get it, I’m British/Asian Pakistani Black history is everyone’s history, but has been systemically left

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Meet the Chair of our BAME staff group

During Black History Month, Housing Manager Allison Cuddy talks about her role as Chair of Origin, Riverside’s BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) staff group. I started working for a housing association in 1998 through a positive action training initiative in Liverpool. My first role was as a trainee finance assistant. The project targeted the

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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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