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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Latest Update: Essential Services

The health and safety of residents and staff continue to remain our top priority. With the lifting of most national lockdown measures, we continue to deliver services safely and respectfully.

 

  • Compliance
  • Repairs
  • Void Works
  • Planned works
  • Cleaning
  • Estate Inspections
  • Lettings

 

Safe Working Practices

To ensure the safety of our staff and residents, we will continue to practice social distancing, and we ask that our residents help us by doing the same.

When we arrive at your home:

  • Our operatives will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This will include; face masks, gloves, shoe covers and may consist of protective overalls.
  •  Please open windows or doors in the areas that the operative will work, and ensure at all times to observe social distancing. 

 

 

Safety Tests

We want to reassure residents that our gas and electrical safety checks will continue to be carried out in line with our legal and statutory duties, ensuring we keep our residents safe.

 

Estate Services and Maintenance

 

Our Caretakers are delivering their normal routine of cleaning, they will still follow guidelines where needed and continue to wear PPE at all times, including face masks.

 

Mile End Road Office

With the lifting of lockdown, we have decided to re-open the reception, but with Covid 19 still prevalent, we are doing so with the health and safety of staff and visitors to the office in mind.

 

The reception will re-open on Monday 8 November 2021, Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm by appointment only. This will allow us to manage and limit the number of visitors to the office and keep everyone safe.

 

Please do not book or attend an appointment if you have the following symptoms a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You will be required to wear a mask when attending your appointment and sanitise your hands on entering the reception. In addition, the interview rooms will be thoroughly sanitised before and after each appointment.

  

We ask that you continue to contact us by phone on 020 8709 4300 or email enquiries@gatewayhousing.org.uk and the resident’s portal for enquiries and reporting repairs. Unless you have an appointment with a member of staff, please do not attend the office. We continue to work in the office on a rota basis and may not have anyone available to see you. 

 

We understand the difficulties you may be experiencing during this time and ask that you consider our staff and treat them with respect.

Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding.

 

It’s easy to contact us in other ways:

Email: Enquiries@gatewayhousing.org.uk

Webform:www.gatewayhousing.org.uk/contact

MyGateway Portal: MyGateway portal.

Telephone: 0208 709 4300

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.

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. 

 

We appreciate that this is a constantly changing situation so we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

 

Financial Support

 

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.

 

Free Employability Workshop

We have FREE workshops available to get you online and help you get into the world of work.

For more info and to register your interest, please contact: Nariscia Sherman - Community Investment Coordinator communityinvestment@gatewayhousing.org.uk 

 

Support

Let's keep life moving

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:

Age UK 

Advice or Information on money, care or health.

08006781602

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/

Cruse Bereavement Care

Information and support after a bereavement

08088081677

https://www.cruse.org.uk/

Mind

Non-urgent information about mental health support and services 

0300 123 3393

https://www.mind.org.uk/

Money Advice Service| Free and impartial money advice https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

National Domestic Violence helpline

 24-hour helpline provides advice and support to women and can refer them to emergency accommodation.

08082000247 (24 hours)

helpline@womensaid.org.uk

www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

NHS 

Get medical help near you

https://111.nhs.uk/

111

Samaritans

24-hour emotional support for anyone who needs to talk.

https://www.samaritans.org/

jo@samaritans.org

 

Covid-19 community champions

Tower Hamlets 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