England went into lockdown on Thursday 5th November
The health and safety of residents and staff remain our top priority during this period. At present we will continue to deliver essential services, such as compliance, routine, urgent and emergency repairs, planned works, cleaning, lettings and estate inspections. We will be delivering these services in a covid-secure way with a focus on health and safety, to ensure we adhere to government guidance. In some instances, we may need to change the way we deliver our services. For example, caretakers will focus on cleaning high touchpoints such as door handles and lift buttons, but less time on external areas.
We continue to prioritise those who are vulnerable so please continue to use the website and MyGateway portal for reporting repairs, making payments, reporting ASB, and contacting us, rather than calling directly if you possibly can.
Our offices will also remain closed, but we continue to deliver services from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an out of hours service outside of those times. Should you have any questions, our customer service team are on hand to help.
It’s easy to contact us in other ways:
MyGateway Portal: MyGateway portal.
Telephone: 0208 709 4300
Please continue to check the website, read the letters that we send you, and also look out for text messages to keep yourselves updated.
We understand this is a difficult period, and we are offering support should you need it, please check out our Facebook page under ‘Events’ for activities that we have running during lockdown and read our FAQs.
We appreciate that this is a constantly changing situation so we’ll update you as quickly as we can.
Difficulties paying your rent- We are here to help
We recognise that some tenants’ income will be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Please get in touch with us if you face difficulty paying your rent. We are able to provide advice and support over the phone or signpost you to the appropriate service. We’ve already helped over 108 residents since April 2020:
- Supported 23 residents with Housing Benefit- including receipt of Discretionary Housing Payments
- Supported 71 residents with Universal Credit- including claims, and arranging direct housing payments to Gateway Housing
- We’ve also supported 14 residents with council tax, pension credit and benefits advice
This support has resulted in raising £109,000 in additional income on behalf of our residents.
Health & Wellbeing
We now have a range of online health and wellbeing activities for our residents, please email us to find out more or to register your interest Involvement@gatewayhousing.org.uk
Not sure how to video call- we’re also offering lessons on how to use Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Hear from Resident Engagement Co-ordinator Gemma Findlay on how you can get involved this winter. Check out the blog here: Resident Involvement Update - It has never been a more important time to be engaged
Covid-19 community champions
Covid-19, and the measures taken in response, continue to impact all of us in Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Covid-19 community champions network has been established to empower and support Tower Hamlets residents to stay up to date with the latest advice about Covid-19.
Champions help their family, friends and the wider community make sense of the latest advice and information about Covid-19, to help ensure we all stay safe and alert to the risks of the virus.
As a champion, you will receive regular updates on Covid-19 by text message, WhatsApp, email or in live webinars. You can then share them across your networks, in whatever format you like.
By having and sharing clear information, you, your friends, family and community can make informed choices and help to keep Tower Hamlets safe.
Find out how to become a Community Champion by visiting: https://bit.ly/3e2RVGE
If you’ve been told to self-isolate, or you’re experiencing any symptoms and we’re due to visit your home you must let us know beforehand so the appointment can be rescheduled.
Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The NHS has advice for helping you stay clear of infection and what to do if you feel unwell. This is updated regularly: www.NHS.UK/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.
This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing. Below are a few useful organisations that can provide advice and support:
Advice or information on money, care or health
Cruse Bereavement Care
Information and support after a bereavement
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Money Advice Service| Free and impartial money advice
National Domestic Violence helpline
The 24-hour helpline provides advice and support to women and can refer them to emergency accommodation.
08082000247 (24 hours)
Get medical help near you
24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk.