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The RIVA Project


The Riva Project offers recreational and  work-based training for people with disabilities (including people with learning disabilities, physical and/or sensory impairments and mental health issues) or anyone who would benefit from independent living skills.

The Riva Project includes a café, charity shop and garden in which people can learn about retail, catering, horticultural and customer service skills, along with other essential life skills. Some areas of the project are open to the public so that students can practice their skills by interacting with the public.

  • Preparing for Work
  • Information, advice & guidance            
  • Help with communication
  • Help to build self-confidence & self-esteem  
  • Life skills
  • Help being part of your community  
  • Careers advice & guidance
  • Work Experience and Volunteering Opportunities 
  • Volunteering Opportunities

We also offer a community based activities for young adults with additional needs who wish to take part in sport, arts, craft or independent living skills in a caring, supportive and friendly environment.

All staff and volunteers are DBS checked. Staff are NVQ qualified and have over 20 years experience providing social care provision.

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Cheryl Ridge
Contact Position
Project Manager
07736 708051

Where to go

The Riva Project
Laird Road
S6 4BS

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Time of day
Session Information
From September 2017 we will be open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 3.00pm

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities details
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Down's Syndrome
Visual impairment
Hearing impairment
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Medical Needs or long term illness
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues
Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities

Other Details


£45 per day which includes lunch & drinks (students pay £45 per day from their personalised budgets).
Referral required
Age Range
16 years to
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Secure setting

Local Offer

Contact Name
Cheryl Ridge
Contact Telephone
07736 708051
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)

General Extended Local Offer Response

Eligibility criteria for your service and any priority groups 

There are no eligibility criterion for the service as RIVA was created specifically for young people with SEND.

Do you operate a waiting list? 
Staff training to support children/young people with SEND 

We have staff with a range of qualifications and skills. The qualifications cover a range of NVQ, City and Guilds and Health and Social Care Diplomas. Any other staff have been specifically recruited for their experience with similar clients and comprehensive people skills. (All permenant staff and long term volunteers are DBS certified and the managers have undergone local authority safeguarding training.)

How do you communicate with your service users? 
Directly with parents/carers
Learning events
Progress updates provided
Communicating with service users details 

RIVA offers a bespoke opportunity for each client. This, depending on the individual’s understanding is agreed at the outset with both the parents/carers and the client and then reviewed at intervals as the clients progress and increase in skills and confidence.

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