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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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Raising awareness on IDAHOBIT

By Lyn Bowker, Equality and Diversity Manager Today the LGBT community is celebrating IDAHOBIT, the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. This important celebration raises international awareness of LGBT rights, discrimination, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide. At Riverside, we recognise this important day and as a committed ally to our LGBT colleagues and

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Trans communities and mental health

By Michael Gill, Service Manager As Co-chair of Riverside’s LGBT network Spectrum, I wanted to discuss some of the challenges faced by the trans community during Mental Health Awareness Week. In the latest version of the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), gender dysphoria – a condition where a person experiences discomfort

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Why mental health matters at Riverside

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Fran Stulberg, Chair of Riverside’s disability staff group Enable, which leads on mental health at the organisation, looks at why it’s so important for businesses to focus on employee wellbeing.   Why is it important for associations to highlight mental health? Poor mental health is not a thing to be

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Living with PMDD

During premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) awareness month, Riverside Housing Services Processing Officer Katarina Fleming-Scott talks about her eight-year battle with the debilitating monthly condition.   I have a condition called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) which is like a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It is a condition that is becoming better known, but even now in the UK, it is

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How we are helping customers to tackle fuel poverty

According to National Energy Action (NEA) around four million UK households are in fuel poverty, unable to afford to live in a warm home. Here at Riverside we can provide support for our customers who maybe struggling to pay their electricity, gas or other utility bills. Our Affordable Warmth Advisors are available across the country,

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LGBT History Month

By Jenny Crocker, Care and Support Service Manager February is LGBT History Month – this year’s theme is peace, reconciliation and activism to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.  There have been so many people over the decades who have made an impact on the LGBT community and LGBT rights,

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