Riverside house includes a Community Interest Company which is a particular type of company designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good. The CIC will largely be delivering the activities and events on a site that will be run by a charity responsible for the restoration and management of the heritage and ecology, making it available for public benefit.
WHERE WE ARE
Riverside house is close to Stourbridge town centre and easy to get to by train or bus. It is a beautiful historic site that is being gradually renovated by staff and clients for the benefit of the wider community. We are opposite the Lion Health Medical Centre and down the canal from the Bonded Warehouse. See the location map at the foot of this website.
WHAT WE DO
We recognise that transforming an environment through learning and developing practical skills in a social context has immeasurable benefits. The simple joy and pleasure of making a craft artifact, growing a beautiful garden or making bread has many residual outcomes that include:
Increased confidence and self esteem
Increased team working abilities
Better physical health
Better inter-personal relationships and social integration
Increased community involvement
A reduction in loneliness and isolation
Increased practical skills
Enhanced work skills
Development of health and safety skills and awareness
…or, to put it another way, if you enjoy practical outdoor skills, historic places, would like to meet new friends, help transform a beautiful place into something special and have a lot of fun doing it, then contact us…
…we however recognise that what we offer may not be right for everyone. With our extensive connections to other local providers and professionals, we may be able to support you with bespoke solutions. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact and we’ll see if we can help.
We have an experienced team of committed staff and volunteers who are supportive, friendly and have a wide range of practical and specialist craft skills. Many have previously been teachers and tutors working in specialist provisions. The staffing ratio is kept very high so that practical and emotional support is always readily available.
Riverside House offers social prescription, private funding or individuals can apply through personal budget allocation. Alternatively, if you are under 25 and have an Education, Health and Care plan, what we offer at Riverside House may suit your needs perfectly.
We intend Riverside House to be the type of place that people will want to return long after a placement is finished to continue the sense of belonging , to enjoy the park, leisure activities, woodland, cafe and the connection with others.
This is an outstanding provision, it’s unique, you’ll not find it anywhere else.Karen Munn
Riverside House are an approved provider for Black Country Impact who provide funding and support to help young people, who are not at work or college and aged between 16 and 29, withsecuring employment, education and training opportunities.