Incommunities: Coronavirus Update – 7th May 2020
From Monday 11th May we are restarting limited work on grounds maintenance (such as grass cutting) and on our empty properties.
We have now reviewed all of our operational services and identified which can be conducted safely, whilst meeting social distancing guidance.
You might begin to see our operatives working in nearby properties or outside on external repairs. You can be assured they are following strict social distancing advice. Please do not approach them while they continue to work.
By abiding by the social distancing guidelines during the works, you are helping keep yourself and our colleagues and communities safe. Thank you.
- We have moved to an emergency only repairs service - click here to see what we are providing
- We maintain our daily cleaning of all touch points in our blocks and sheltered schemes.
- We are continuing with some estates services , including removal of rubbish in refuse areas in high rise blocks and the removal of bulk rubbish in communal corridors and stairwells.
- We will only carry out the most essential of duties and we will risk assess each interaction.
- Services NOT being provided during this period include all non urgent repairs and all planned maintenance.
- In necessary situations, our staff are provided with PPE (personal protective equipment) to minimise the risk of infection to both customers and staff.
- You might be asked some questions before we enter your property and, following government advice on ‘social distancing,’ we will work a safe distance away from you when we visit your home.
- We are minimising face to face and physical contact with our customers where possible and communicating via telephone or digitally ( email, SMS, Webchat etc ).
- We have closed the office at The Quays, Shipley, to the public for the safety of both customers and staff.
- We have moved staff, where possible, to work from home and prioritised our resources into essential front line services.
- We have reduced access to our Retirement Living schemes, are continuing with welfare checks on our residents, and have increased the frequency of cleaning, particularly touch points and surfaces.
- We have ceased communal events and asked residents and their families to cease non-essential visits.
- We have postponed all neighbourhood walkabouts with immediate effect.
- We have suspended any planned maintenance and investment works, other than that of a critical health and safety nature.
- We continue to provide essential gas servicing and compliance services to keep our customers safe.
- We will provide minor adaptations works where they are specifically required to enable a patient to be discharged from hospital and safe to do so.
- We will look at the circumstances around each of our proposed sign-ups. If not fulfilling the sign-ups causes significant hardship or potential homelessness we will seek to complete the sign-up as planned.
- We continue to process and pay the invoices of our partners in a timely manner to reduce the prospect of any financial hardship.
- We will be calling all customers over 70 years of age and people with vulnerabilities to have discussions about their welfare. This includes those living within properties monitored by the Trustcare alarm service.
- We have bought food from our wholesale suppliers and are making up emergency food parcels for those who are in need. This complements the work we carry out in partnership with the Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank.
- We will continue to provide our Intensive Housing Management service to vulnerable customers.
- We work collaboratively with Council led planning groups in regard to overall planning, sheltered housing provisions, Trustcare ( falls response ) and wider community support.
We continue to work with support services and agencies across the district to help you access financial help and advice. Our Income Team are here to help you on: 01274 254777. How can we help? Visit our page.
It is important you continue to make rent payments. Please contact us if you are facing difficulties doing so. Visit our Coronavirus - paying your rent - frequently asked questions help page.
- We continue to work with support services and agencies across the district to help you access financial help and advice. Our Income Team are here to help you on: 01274 254777.
- It is important you continue to make rent payments. Please contact us if you are facing difficulties doing so. Visit our Coronavirus - paying your rent - frequently asked questions help page here.
- The government has introduced new measures to protect the energy supply of those most in need during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you’re struggling with your energy payments, please get in touch with your supplier.
Incommunities will continue to investigate incidents of domestic abuse reported to us during the Coronavirus outbreak.
- If you are living in an Incommunities or Sadeh Lok home and experiencing domestic abuse, we can support you in confidence.
- Call us on 078100 57505 or 07837999228 or 07760172823 or email email@example.com
- Our confidential contact form and further support resources are available on our dedicated Domestic Violence page [HYPERLINK]
- If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police continue to respond to emergency calls.
- If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force who can assist you without you having to speak.
At Sadeh Lok we want to make sure that everyone in need of help and support will have somewhere to turn to if the need arises during the current Coronavirus crisis.
If you are in a high risk group, have symptoms or are in self-isolation, then the advice is to ask for help from family, friends, neighbours and established local groups.
If you don’t have anyone or any organisation that you can ask for help, please call Sadeh Lok on 01484 435715 – we can offer help such as:
- Ringing for a friendly chat
- Access to information or other services
Sadeh Lok Customer Services Team is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday.
All our local authorities are offering support and assistance to those in need and you can contact Kirklees Council / Rotherham Council / Wakefield Council / Sheffield Council as appropriate to where you live:
Kirklees Council – Covid 19 Community Response or Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership – 7 days a week – 8am to 8pm 07562252940
Wakefield – Vulnerable residents experiencing a crisis and need help with food / fuel 0345 506 506
Rotherham – Support available via 01709 807319 or https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/xfp/form/633
Sheffield – Help to collect shopping / medication