Our response to COVID -19

Updated Tuesday 5 January 2021

For the safety and wellbeing of our customers and to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus we are:

  • Asking you to only visit our offices by appointment only
  • Asking you, if you live in a home managed by Concrete, to pay your rent online or over the phone, or speak to your support worker
  • Cancelling all group sessions and carrying them out virtually where we can
  • Providing support over the phone where we can

If we do need to visit you at home we will be asking you the following questions: 

  • Have you been advised to self-isolate?
  • Do you have any of the symptoms relating to the Coronavirus:
    • A high temperature – you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back?
    • A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.

If you’re a customer and have been asked to self-isolate

If you live in a Concrete home and have been advised to self-isolate, please let us know as soon as possible by calling 0330 094 5558 or speak to your support worker.

Frequently asked questions

What should I do to avoid catching coronavirus?

Government advice is ‘social distancing’ which means avoiding all but essential contact with other people and following good hygiene practices in your home.

We recommend that you follow official medical and health advice provided by the government.

You can find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response. We also suggest that you keep an eye on reliable news sources, such as the BBC, to stay up-to-date on developments with the outbreak.

If get sick due to coronavirus, will you still come out to do repairs at my home?

Following Government guidance, anyone who has coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, dry cough or shortness of breath, is advised to isolate themselves at home for seven days. Additionally, anyone who shares a home with someone who has coronavirus symptoms should also self- isolate at home for 10 days.

Self-isolation means that you must avoid contact with other people to prevent spreading the virus to others.  So we will be unable to visit anyone who is self-isolating.

If you are in this situation, you must let us know if you are reporting a repair, asking for a home visit, or have one already arranged. Our staff will also ask you questions about coronavirus if you ask for a home visit and we would ask everyone to answer these questions honestly to help to reduce the spread of the virus.

We are now only completing essential repairs to homes. This means any repair which is necessary to protect the health, safety or security of the residents or the public, or where unchecked it may lead to further damage to property. Examples include gas leaks, major bursts or leaks, dangerous electrical faults or the total loss of heating and hot water and loss of the use of a toilet. We will also continue with essential safety checks in homes, such as gas boiler checks.

What repairs are you doing?

We are carrying out emergency repairs, urgent jobs and routine jobs

Emergency repairs

An emergency is a situation that may be classified as a repair which compromises the health, safety or security of the resident or the public, or may lead to further damage to property, e.g. flooding caused by a burst pipe.

Urgent jobs

Urgent jobs are situations that may cause inconvenience but pose no actual immediate danger to a person or property.

Routine jobs

Routine jobs are situations which may cause a minor inconvenience but doesn’t pose a risk to you, other people or property, or which will not lead to further expenditure if delayed.

Am I at risk of catching coronavirus from staff visiting me

We are following government advice which is now to avoid all unnecessary face-to-face contact by reducing the number of home visits and only working in COVID-secure environments.

What will happen if Concrete has to close down due to the coronavirus?

We have plans in place to help us continue providing essential services in the event of a range of emergency situations. If large numbers of staff cannot work as they are unwell we may need to further cut back services for a time while we focus on more urgent work.

We have invested in technology which means that many staff can work from home and, to comply with government advice, we are now asking all employees who can work from home to do so. These staff will continue working and providing services as normal.

If I am sick and can’t pay my rent will my home be at risk?

We understand that this is a very unusual situation and that there may be all kinds of issues affecting peoples’ situation and we may have to be flexible in response to unexpected events.

If you are sick or cannot work or have other issues affecting your ability to pay your rent, please contact us to discuss the best way of managing this situation until things return to normal.

What if I am having difficulty with my landlord?

If you are concerned that your housing situation is at risk, for whatever reason, we can help. If you have a support worker give them a call, if you don’t have a support worker call us on 0330 094 5558 or email hello@thisisconcrete.org.uk

What if my current situation changes and I need more help?

If your situation changes in any way, whether it is because you are self-isolating, you have contracted the coronavirus or for any other health or non-health related reasons we can still support and help you. Just call us on 0330 094 5558 or email hello@thisisconcrete.org.uk

Where to find further information:

For updates on COVID-19:
Visit the government’s website

For further information and how to protect yourself from the virus:
Visit the NHS website

For travel advice:
Visit the government’s website

Support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses:
Visit the government’s website