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Dance, displays and delicious food with a side of housing advice

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Published by Susan Littlemore for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities

(From left to right) Joyclyn Tsekpo, Ghanaian Association, Linda Conway, Riverside Area Manager at The Crossings, Councillor Helena Spencer, Sally Nicholson, Riverside Regional Operations Manager, Liz Turner, Riverside Head of Performance & Compliance, Fr (From left to right) Joyclyn Tsekpo, Ghanaian Association, Linda Conway, Riverside Area Manager at The Crossings, Councillor Helena Spencer, Sally Nicholson, Riverside Regional Operations Manager, Liz Turner, Riverside Head of Performance & Compliance, Fr

A Hull housing association has kicked off its New Year’s resolution to provide even more housing advice to help people in housing difficulty in 2014 with a community-wide Diversity Open Day that took place this week.

Riverside-ECHG runs The Crossings housing and training centre, which provides temporary housing, support, training and advice to homeless people.

The Crossings’ open event, which centred on diversity within the community, took place on Wednesday 29 January and featured creative workshops, music, dance and entertainment.

Visitors were greeted with craft stalls displaying traditional items from a range of different nationalities.

Members of the Hull branch of the Russian Community society brought along a collection of the nation’s headdresses and shawls. The group performed a traditional folk dance routine for guests to enjoy.

Representatives from the Ghanaian Association attended the event along with a selection of native African drums.

Members of the public were invited to come along, as well as partner organisations and service users, along with Hull City’s Councillors.

Riverside’s Area Manager, Linda Conway, said: “Our Diversity Open Day was a way to bring together a wide range of organisations to celebrate the diversity of Hull communities to showcase the Crossings as a community hub providing advice and information to the community.”

Hull Councillor Helena Spencer opened the event and gave an introductory talk about Riverside’s recent expansion to its community advice services at The Crossings.

The centre has been working in partnership with the Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA) group on ensuring that advice and support is available to all Hull’s citizens including those from BME communities.

Abel Rivera, Chief Executive Officer at HANA, said: “Working with Riverside at The Crossings has given us a great opportunity to work with a committed company for the benefit of those in need of support and care. We are very pleased to work with Riverside at The Crossings to reinforce the values of diversity and partnership, which are at the heart of our work.”

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