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Greenoak's COVID-19 Preventative measures - Protect yourself & others from the Coronavirus

Greenoak's Coronovirus Measures

The government advice has now changed for the public. We are taking precautionary steps to safeguard our staff and tenants to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, and we are following Government guidelines as they develop.

What are doing in sheltered schemes and schemes with communal areas?

Following, The Prime Minsters announcement on 12th July 2021, regarding changes to The Covid restrictions on 19th July 2021, Greenoak is looking at this information very carefully and any guidance which may be released in the next few days. This will ensure that when our decision to reopen our communal lounge and communal kitchens are made, they will be as safe as possible for our customers, visitors, staff and our contractors.

So at present our communal lounges and kitchens will remained closed.

This page will be updated on 1st August 2021 and provide our customers with the date when we will be reopening our lounges and kitchens.

As the Prime Minster mentioned a number of times, in his speech, while restrictions are being relaxed from the 19th July 2021, we should all still be cautious in our actions and approach as the Covid Virus is still with us.

This page will be updated on 1st August 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns about the above please feel free to contact Greenoak using our email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01483 768856 Option 2.

Thank you
David Hall, Head of Housing

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating or shielding, for example if you have been contacted as part of the test and trace programme, you should stay at home - this is still critical to staying safe and saving lives.  Please visit the Gov website for more information.

Please review the latest information on the website links provided below:

You can read more about the symptoms of Coronavirus and how to avoid it on the NHS website.

You can also read guidance on how the UK is affected by Coronavirus on GOV.UK. This guidance from the government is updated daily.

Find out how you can safely help those around you in isolation.

Remember you can get coronavirus support from the government as an extremely vulnerable person. Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway. This service is free. You can register yourself, or for someone else.

How has this affected our Repairs services?

If you have any outstanding repairs, please report them in the usual way.  Work will only take place where no one in your household has any symptoms.  If we do carry out repairs in your home, social distancing must be maintained, and you must let the tradesperson work on their own in a room with the door shut.  Our staff will be provided with facemasks and gloves.  

If you are isolating or shileding and do not wish to have anyone in your home at this time, please still report the repair but advise us of this.  We will then hold your repair until you contact us to say that you are happy for someone to visit your home.

If you are worried about your rent or unable to work?

We know that many of you will be concerned about paying your rent if you are unable to work. We want to reassure you that no-one in a housing association home will be evicted because of coronavirus. We are a charity and want to support residents who are facing a tough time because of this illness. We will work closely with our residents to help them manage their housing costs and indicate where to get access to the benefits they are entitled to. This summary of questions and answers may be helpful. If you are newly claiming housing costs through Universal Credit, we will for a period of up to 6 months, make up any shortfall for under-occupying from our Welfare fund. We will endeavour to keep it updated on our web site as there are announcements from the Government on a daily basis.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has made temporary arrangements for benefit claimants impacted by coronavirus. Please check the DWP's information about coronavirus and claiming benefits page regularly for updates.

If you are concerned about paying your rent because your work has changed or ceased, it is really important that you apply online for universal credit or state aid as soon as possible. To discuss your rent, please contact your Housing team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call , or you can call on 01483768856 option 2.

Self Isolation Support Payments

To help stop the spread of coronavirus, people across England are now required by law to self-isolate if they test positive for the virus, or if they are instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. The self-isolation support payments are there to help people on low incomes and to encourage people to self-isolate if instructed.
If you are on a low income and have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace since 28 September, you may be eligible for a self-isolation payment of £500. Councils are accepting applications and issuing these payments on behalf of the Government. To find out if you are eligible please contact your local authority.

Additional Support for our tenants

We also would like to remind our tenants that the Tenant Support & Wellbeing Service is availble to you at all times, they are there to support you during these difficult timesShould you require emotional support eg concerns for loved ones or travelling, accredited Counsellors are available 24/7 to provide you with support in the moment.  Information Specialists are also able to provide advice for practical issues relating to Coronavirus; for example if you are concerned about work or caring for elderly or vulnerable relatives the Information Specialists are able to signpost you to the government guidelines which are regularly updated - Information Specialists are available to provide practical advice 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. Download the leaflet here

Beware of internet and doorstep scammers

We would like to urge our residents to be vigilant against criminals using the publicity around coronavirus as a chance to target their victims with fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages or social media posts. Always follow advice of the national Take Five to stop fraud campaign and take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information in case of a scam. Find out more here.

 

 

Greenoak becomes founding Member of the new Pathfinder Network

GHA & NEF collaborate on new network for forward-thinking housing associations
 

Following on from the success of the Good Homes Alliance (GHA) Vanguard Campaign and Network, the GHA and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) have launched a new Pathfinder membership network for progressive housing associations.

The main aim of the network is to facilitate housing associations in adopting enhanced sustainability, quality, health and performance standards for new housing developments. As with the GHA Vanguard Network, this will be achieved via the sharing of learning and best practice, creation of new resources and guidance, and by conducting original research and demonstration projects.

The network runs alongside NEF’s revamped SuperHomes retrofit network, with members benefitting from a dual membership offer and sustainable development expertise for both new-build and existing housing stock. The SuperHomes network is set to be formally launched on 29th April and will deliver a tiered rating scheme for domestic retrofits on energy performance and comfort. To achieve a SuperHomes rating twelve months evaluation and monitoring will be required.

The network is kindly supported by six founder members - Abri, Aster Group, Greenoak, LiveWest, Raven Housing Trust and VIVID, who between them represent over 150,000 existing homes and 50,000 new homes to be developed in the next 10 years.

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The network met for a first ‘Member’s Meeting’ in February 2021 and has already started inputting into some important activities, such as the development of Model Employer’s Requirements for net zero and healthy homes.

During the next 12 months, the Pathfinder Network is seeking to grow throughout the UK, with the aim of recruiting 20-25 housing association members by the end of 2021.

For more information about the GHA Pathfinder Network and to get involved, please contact Julian Brooks, Programmes Director – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0330 355 6274.

 

Gardening Competition Winners

Gardening Competition Winners 2020

The winners of Greenoak’s first Gardening Competition 2020 have now been decided. It was very challenging with so many great entries and it is clear that many residents have spent a lot of time improving their gardens and outdoor spaces. We would like to thank all who entering as it was a great pleasure for staff at Greenoak to see your amazing achievements.  Winners have all been awarded gardening vouchers.

Best Individual Garden 

Winner

Drovers

1st Mr and Mrs Chambers, The Drovers

Runners up:

 Meadow View

Mr & Mrs Caswell: Meadow View 

 

Great Meadows

Mrs Johnstone, Great Meadows

Best Unusual Container 

Winner

Unusual container crabwood

Crabwood Residents

Best Window Box/Balcony Display 

Winner

crabwood

Crabwood Residents

 

 Best Communal Garden

Winner

Brodie place

Brodie Place

 Runners up:

Crabwood comm garden

Crabwood

 

Bethany place

Bethany Place

Special awards

Best Start Up Garden

Achilles place

Mr Woodland, Achilles Place

 

Best Upcycled Garden 

paddocks mead 

Miss Maher, Paddocks Mead