Housing associations are supporting residents and communities around the country to come through the coronavirus outbreak together.
Many housing association staff are key workers at the frontline of the crisis. Support staff are caring for older or vulnerable residents, repairs and maintenance staff continue to carry out essential work in people’s homes, and waking watch staff work through the night to make sure homes are safe and secure.
Housing association teams are also working with communities to support residents in new ways. Staff have called many thousands of older or vulnerable residents to check on their wellbeing and are finding creative ways to help residents connect with each other during lockdown. Income support teams are providing help and advice to people whose livelihoods have been affected, while catering teams have delivered hot meals to the community.
Housing associations are donating to local foodbanks and supporting vital local charities who have themselves been hard hit by the crisis. They are working with closely with local government partners to help those most in need and contributing to the national effort to find homes for people who are sleeping rough.
We want to share and celebrate this important work with a new social media campaign, #CommunitiesTogether.
We’re asking you to send us your stories and case studies of how you’re supporting your communities and making a difference to people’s lives at this tough time. We’ll share them on social media and build up a dedicated section of our website to showcase the sector’s contribution.
We’d love it if you continued to share your own examples on social media too, using the #CommunitiesTogether hashtag.
Tell us how you’re supporting residents and communities during the coronavirus crisis
If you have a story or example you’d like to send us, or if you’d like to know more about this work, please email Rick Lloyd.