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

The government advice has now changed for the public. The situation is fast-moving, and we are following Government guidelines as they develop.

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 every day.

You can also watch the World Health Organisation (WHO) for a brief introduction video to the Novel Coronavirus.

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

Greenoak's Coronovirus Measures

We are taking precautionary steps to safeguard our staff and tenants to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

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

Please do follow the government advice. If you are over 70, their guidance is to stay at home and don’t receive visitors or family if they are in another household. This will cause difficulties for our elderly residents so we are liaising with various support services and will come back to you with more details. If you are in urgent need of help, please call Wendy Goddard on her direct line 01483 545085.

We have reluctantly decided to cease morning welfare visits until further notice. Visits to the schemes will be kept to a minimum and telephone calls will residents will replace visits where possible.

We continue to take precautionary steps to safegaurd our staff and tenants to help prevent the spread of the Cornonavirus, and therefore will continue to keep the communal bathrooms, kitchens and lounges closed until further notice. We are also unable to take any further bookings for the guest room.

We encourage tenants and visitors to continue using the hand sanitisers at the entrances to the schemes to sanitise on entry and exit. 

Currently national restrictions will apply:  

  • you cannot meet socially with anyone indoors unless they’re in your support bubble
  • there are changes to how many people you can meet outside
  • you must not travel in the UK or overseas, unless for a specific reason, like education, work or a caring responsibility
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to stay at home, except for exercise or essential health appointments.

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 critical to staying safe and saving lives.

We also like emphasise that you must not visit friends and family inside their homes or stay overnight away from your own home, except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes to and remind residents to please make every effort to ensure that you do not disturb your neigbours when enjoying the communal gardens.

Please visit the Gov website for more information.

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.  We do have a backlog and 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 shielding or 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.

 

 

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

 

 

United against Coronavirus

Even though we’ve had to adapt our ways of working, our focus remains the same – to keep our residents safe and supported in their homes, to keep vital services running, and to help our communities to respond.

For this reason, we welcome the response of the National Housing Federation (NHF) to the coronavirus outbreak. Along with housing associations around the country, we stand with the NHF in our joint commitment to:

1. Keep people secure at home
No one will be evicted from our homes as a result of financial hardship caused by coronavirus.

2. Help people to get the support they need
We’re helping residents to access benefits and other support to alleviate financial hardship.

3. Act compassionately and quickly where people are struggling
We’re working with residents to understand how we can help them.