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Tenant scrutiny: co-regulation in action

By Keith Harkness – Riverside tenant and Chair of its National Scrutiny Committee Tenant-led scrutiny panels are now playing a large role in how Riverside is performing and how its procedures are being run. There are now six divisional panels, as well as a National Scrutiny Committee (NSC) and they are all examining a number

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

When I hear the stories of women, many with children, whose physical and mental health were shattered by violence in the home, it’s harrowing. Then, I hear the stories of those same women whose lives have been transformed. Take Jane*, a 27-year-old with a young daughter. She was first assaulted by her ex-partner in 2012;

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Preparing older people for the cold snap

By Lisa Anderson, LiveTime officer. Age UK claims that each winter one elderly person will die needlessly, every seven minutes. This is a stark statistic, and I’m pleased to see the charity call on the government to improve energy efficiency and end fuel poverty, especially for older people. In light of this shocking home truth,

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Anti-Bullying Week – Be brave, be heard and be kind

By John Glenton, Riverside’s chair of Spectrum.   This week is Anti-Bullying Week in England and the theme is making a noise about bullying. We all need to stand up and speak out against bullying, but if you are a victim it’s difficult to find the strength and confidence to challenge it. Bullying in the

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Tailored support to prevent young people losing their homes

One of the UK’s leading housing associations has launched a national tailored support service to help troubled young people avoid losing their homes. As part of its ongoing commitment to help its customers lead resilient lives, Riverside piloted Intensive Intervention in Cumbria last year. Eight months on, all households at risk of losing their home

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Straight allies – who needs them?

By Roisin Rowley-Smith, communications officer Before I’d even arrived at M & S Bank buildings in Chester for Stonewall’s Straight Allies training I’d struggled with the preparation for the course.  Choosing my role models proved a difficult task.  Atticus Finch, the lawyer who fought racism in To Kill a Mockingbird was an obvious choice for

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Healthy eating project a success for Derby

A healthy eating project in Derby a huge success. Earlier this year, Riverside working together with community charity Sova secured funding through Public Health England (PHE) to deliver ‘Healthy Food, Healthy Communities’. Families from Derby’s City Point estate took part in the first batch cooking scheme of its kind. Residents learned how to prepare and

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Standing up to Tenancy Fraud

Riverside is committed to standing up against tenancy cheats. This is a wider South East problem, with all local authorities tackling the issue. A dedicated Riverside team, operating out of the Dartford office, have launched a confidential Key Amnesty to help those breaking the law come forward without fear of prosecution, with the recovery of

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Momentum youth conference

  Riverside are proud supporters of popular youth conference Momentum 2015. On Thursday 29th October hundreds of young people will gather for South London’s largest youth conference in Croyden which aims to support young people to move in a positive direction. Riverside community engagement officer Wendy Mason said: “I’m delighted we’re a sponsor for Momentum again.

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Tackling anti-social behaviour

Riverside is tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) in our communities across the country.   This summer we had two successful injunctions upheld against two perpetrators’ ASB in the Midlands.  As a result of our working within the community, and advice from our legal team, we successfully obtained the two injunctions against perpetrators’ ASB to other residents which included

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