Our response to COVID -19
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
- Providing essential 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 answer yes to either of those questions we will make arrangements on a case by case basis to ensure that you receive the help, support and service you need.
If you can’t leave the house to buy food or pick up prescriptions
If you have no other means of support and you cannot leave the house to shop or to pick up a prescription you can call the number below for help and support:
- If you live in Stoke on Trent call 0800 561 5610 or visit the Stoke-on-Trent Support Network
- If you live in Staffordshire call 0300 111 8050 the Staffordshire County Council wesbsite
- If you live in Cheshire East call 0300 123 5034 visit the Cheshire East Council website
If you need some other help or support you can call us on 01782 744533 and we will see if we can help or suggest other agencies who may be able to help.
The government have also issued a support service for people who are considered to be a clinically extremely vulnerable person. You can register for this support on the government’s website
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?
On Monday 16 March the government updated its advice to people who are unwell. Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, dry cough and lives alone 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 14 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 and other home visits do you treat as an emergency?
An emergency repair is one is where a repair is necessary to protect the health, safety or security of the resident 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 and total loss of heating and hot water (October – March).
We are currently reviewing these arrangements in light of coronavirus to make sure that we are making the very best use of our resources at this challenging time and keep everyone safe.
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. Therefore the best way to help avoid our people spreading the virus is simply to reduce the number of home visits we make until further notice.
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 disruptions affecting peoples’ situation. 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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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