We would like to reassure you that we are following the advice of Public Health England and keeping in touch with local emergency planners from the Council and health services to ensure we are prepared for any eventualities.
The safety and well-being of our customers and colleagues is always our number one priority – we are following government guidance for everyone to stay alert and stay safe. We are working hard to deliver essential services and support. We want to keep you up to date with the steps we are taking to promote the safety of our customers and staff and let you know about any changes to our service delivery as a result of the Coronavirus.
Up-to-date information about the virus from www.nhs.uk and Department of Health’s websites.
To get coronavirus advice, please visit NHS 111 Coronavirus service
Customer information posted on 19 May 2020
The Government has issued its latest guidance on the Coronavirus and social housing services. The information can be found at the bottom of this page.
Customer information posted on 24 April 2020
Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board has put together useful information to make sure people at risk remain safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Customer information posted on 22 April 2020
We are regularly updating our social media sites at Facebook and Twitter with useful information from Rykneld Homes and other organisations in North East Derbyshire.
Customer information posted on 9 April 2020
Please be aware there will be a temporary change to our Contact Centre service from Wednesday 15 April 2020, until further notice, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
During this period, we are available for support and advice. As you can appreciate our lines are likely to be very busy and we ask you to bear with us during this difficult time.
We are protecting our customers and staff by carrying out Emergency Repairs. Non urgent repairs will not be attended to during this time.
Customers are also able to make payments over the phone.
Please phone 01246 217670 to speak to our dedicated Customer Service Advisors.
Our out of hours emergency repairs service remains available between 4pm and 8am and on Bank Holidays. You can contact us by phoning 08000 121 621.
Customer information posted on 27 March 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
We have created a Frequently Asked Questions page on our website which covers some of the main questions we are receiving from customers as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. The information included below also brings you the latest update on how our services have been affected.
Customer information posted on 25 March 2020
Food donation centres
Rykneld Homes and North East Derbyshire District Council have opened up food donation centres at locations across the district to accept donations for vulnerable people who are self-isolating and may not be able to get out to shop.
Rent payments - please be aware Rykneld Homes will never contact you to take a rent payment over the phone. We only take phone payments if a customer contacts us. For alternative ways to pay your rent please visit the Rent section of our website. We have also included information about staying safe and being aware of potential bogus callers.
We have temporarily placed our Choice Move property adverts on hold until further notice as a result of the Coronavirus.
Customer information posted on 23 March 2020
Area Housing Offices
Please be aware that in order to protect the safety of our customers and staff after 23 March all our Area Housing Offices will be closed until further notice.We apologise for any inconvenience.
Register for vulnerable customers and residents
We are contacting all tenants who are over seventy or classed as vulnerable to identify their needs and whether they wish to be included on the self-isolating register being collated by the Council and Rykneld Homes.
Customer information posted on 18 March 2020
The health and safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and we are closely monitoring the situation around coronavirus.
Advice and information continues to change on a daily basis and therefore we are having to make plans for how we will be able to deliver our services should the situation develop.
The government has identified that certain people are considered to be at higher risk than others and we do not want to do anything that increases this risk, either for you, our customer, or for our staff who may be in contact with you.
In light of government and health service advice we are introducing some service changes.
We will carry out emergency repairs only. We are sorry but due to the current situation we are unable to continue carrying out non-essential repairs, even though you may have already received an appointment and be expecting us. We appreciate that this will be an inconvenience but hope you understand.
Any customer requesting an emergency repair will be asked if they have been diagnosed with Coronavirus, are self-isolating or showing symptoms. If the customer answers yes we will continue to book the Emergency Repair but advise the customer how they can protect themselves and our staff.
Housing Management Services
We will only be carrying out essential home visits but will continue to maintain telephone contact with customers we know to be vulnerable.
Paying your Rent
If you are concerned about paying your rent due to reduced income please contact our Finance Team on 01246 217670.
We have postponed a number of community events scheduled for the next few weeks including a community roadshow in Pilsley and rent drop-in sessions in Clay Cross and Killamarsh. We have also postponed our customer estate walkabout until further notice. Our staff will continue to carry out their usual estate management duties.
We want everyone to stay safe during the current service disruption. Always check the identity of any stranger calling at your home. All our staff carry identity badges and you can call us 01246 217670 to check if you are unsure. We have included advice on our website about bogus callers and staying safe.
Information about Coronavirus
Typical symptoms include fever and a cough that may progress to breathing difficulties. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild and that more severe symptoms generally only occur in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Because this is a new illness it is not clear how it spreads but similar viruses spread by cough or sneeze droplets. These fall on people nearby who directly inhale or pick them up on their hands from surfaces.
There are things we can all do, however, to help stop germs spreading:
- Always carry tissues, use them to catch coughs or sneezes then bin them and wash our hands or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash our hands often with soap and water or use sanitiser gel, especially after using public transport.
- Avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Face masks play an important role in clinical settings but there is little evidence of benefit from their use in other settings. Public Health England is not currently advising people to stay at home with mild cold or flu symptoms. However, it is recommending that people who have travelled from specific hotspots during the last fortnight should be vigilant.