See in the New Year safely at home this year

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Dear resident,

The number of people catching COVID-19 in Southwark is still very high and we expect numbers to continue to increase over the next few weeks. The pressure on NHS services is very worrying, and there are now almost as many people in London hospitals with COVID-19, as in the first wave in the spring, with numbers increasing every day.

The Government announced yesterday that London will remain in Tier 4 for at least the next few weeks, which means:

  • We should all stay at home
  • You cannot meet people socially indoors, unless you live with them, or they are part of your existing support bubble
  • Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household
  • Non-essential shops are closed
  • You should work from home if you can
  • You should not travel outside of London to visit family or friends

Read all the Tier 4 rules.

New Year’s Eve

We are asking all residents to please see in the New Year safely at home this year. It’s so important that we all stay at home, and only mix with the people we live with or who are in our support bubble.

One in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so even if you feel ok, you can still pass it to other people who could become very ill. Please stay at home this New Year’s Eve and do not invite people over, to keep yourself and your friends and families safe.

Remember: Hands, Face, Space

As well as abiding by the Tier 4 rules, please continue to wash your hands, wear a face mask (unless exempt), and keep your distance when outside. 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it. Please remember Hands, Face, Space.

Self-isolate and get tested if you have symptoms

If you have coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate and get a free test. There are two testing sites locally in Southwark, with spare capacity, and it’s easy to book a free test. If you’ve been told by the NHS to self-isolate, either because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be able to get some financial help while self-isolating.

Getting medical help

The NHS in London may be busy, but urgent care is available if you need it. You can contact your GP practice for urgent care, or 111 is available day and night. Please remember to only use 999 and A&E for emergencies. If it’s not an emergency, contact your GP or call 111 to get the help you need.

What to do if you, or someone you know, needs help

Please look out for elderly or vulnerable residents and let us know if they need help, especially during this cold spell. And if you need help, please do get in touch. Visit: www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus-gethelp, email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk or phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3.

Schools

Yesterday the government announced that the start of the new school term would be delayed for most children in Southwark along with many other London boroughs. Primary schools will now not reopen next week as planned for most children. Secondary schools and colleges will still have a staggered return but with one week’s delay, providing face-to-face education for exam year groups from 11 January and the planned return of all students on 18 January. Schools will be responding to the announcement, preparing to deliver remote learning as soon as they possibly can, whilst also ensuring they remain open for vulnerable children and for children of key workers. Please remember however, even if you are in one of these categories, you and your family must self-isolate and not attend school if any of you receive a positive test. Our schools have worked extremely hard throughout this pandemic to prioritise our children’s education, and the council will support them through this next phase. As ever the council and our schools are grateful for parents’ patience.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we wish you all a healthy and happy new year.

Stay home, stay safe this New Year’s Eve

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Christmas message to TRA chairs and secretaries from the strategic director of housing

Dear Chair or Secretary,

After a difficult and tiring year I want to thank you for everything you have done for the residents you represent. We are clearly not out of the woods yet and there are some tough times ahead before we get through this.

However, the extraordinary voluntary effort to care for our vulnerable and isolated residents has shown the best side of our communities in council housing. TRAs have played a leading role in this response and thanks to you many people will be able to enjoy a better Christmas than might otherwise have been possible.

I wish you a very merry Christmas and I hope you have a restful, happy and healthy New Year.

Michael

Michael Scorer
Strategic director of housing and modernisation

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Wishing you a happy and safe Christmas from the Leader of Southwark Council

Dear resident,

I want to wish all of Southwark’s TRA officers a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.

This has been the most difficult of years but it has also been a year that has shown just how important our TRAs in Southwark are.  The support you have provided to the people on your estates has been inspiring to see.   So I want to say thank you to you for everything you do for our community.   

With COVID rates rapidly rising again, I hope you will have a merry but safe Christmas this year, staying home as much as you can to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.  With vaccines now being rolled out in Southwark the end is in sight but we still have some months to go during which we will all need to keep each other safe.     

My thanks again to you and I wish a happy 2021 to you, your family and everyone on your estate.

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COVID-19 numbers are rising rapidly: please stay at home

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Dear resident

London is now in Tier 4 restrictions. The stronger restrictions are needed because the number of people with COVID-19 is rising rapidly. London has also seen a sharp increase in hospital admissions.

A reminder of the Tier 4 rules

  • We should all stay at home
  • The previous Christmas bubble arrangements are no longer allowed
  • You cannot meet people socially indoors, unless you live with them, or they are part of your existing support bubble
  • Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household
  • Non-essential shops are closed
  • You should work from home if you can
  • You should not travel outside of London to visit family or friends

Read all the Tier 4 rules.

Remember: Hands, Face, Space

As well as abiding by the new rules, please continue to wash your hands, wear a face mask (unless exempt), and keep your distance when outside. 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it. Please remember Hands, Face, Space.

Thank you for following the rules and helping to keep yourself, your friends and family, and Southwark safe this Christmas.


Tier 4 Update

Sent on behalf of the Community Support Alliance

Dear TRA,

I hope you are well.

As you are aware all of London, the South East and East England have now entered Tier 4 and shielding has been re-introduced for these areas, we have sent out advice letters to all on the Shielded Patient List via email or first class post. We are also making proactive calls to residents.

Currently we seeing low levels of demand, but are monitoring this closely and are ready to respond should this change. Our phone line will remain open daily through the festive period, on bank holidays this will be open 24 hours a day. Our out of hours team have been trained to deal with contact from Clinically Extremely Vulnerable residents.

We wanted to reach out and ask if you are aware of residents in your area who are vulnerable and could be isolated, if you could contact them safely to check in. We are open for referrals if they require food or access to other services.

Ways to contact:

  1.  Complete anonline referral form
  2.  Emailcovidsupport@southwark.gov.uk
  3.  Phone0207 525 5000 and choose option 3

We appreciate this is difficult for many people over the Christmas period, we want to say thank you for your work in helping vulnerable residents in our community.

Yours Sincerely,

Community Support Alliance

Southwark Council

Isabelle Pearce

Project Manager | Southwark Community Support Alliance | London Borough of Southwark | 0207 5254861 | 07936 332 092 | isabelle.pearce@southwark.gov.uk | Visiting address: Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2QH.

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For the latest NHS guidance, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

To read the latest advice and information for Southwark residents, please visit www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have an enquiry about a vulnerable Southwark resident, please email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk, complete a referral form or call 020 7525 5000

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Update to TRAs – Tier 4

Dear committee member,

You will no doubt have seen that London and much of the South East have been placed into a new Tier 4. These stronger restrictions are needed because the virus is now spreading rapidly. The rates in London are very worrying. The number of people in Southwark with COVID-19 doubled last week, and London has seen a sharp increase in hospital admissions.

This means that the following restrictions are now in force in Southwark:

  • Stay at home, apart from limited exceptions including work or education
  • Christmas relaxation of rules no longer apply in London – families cannot form Christmas bubbles and no mixing is allowed between households other than support bubbles
  • You can meet one person in an outdoor public space
  • Non-essential retail must close, including gyms and hairdressers
  • Avoid travelling between tiers and no overnight stays allowed

Tier 4 will be reviewed on 30th December.

Please help us to share the following messages with your networks:

  • Southwark and the rest of London are now in Tier 4.These stronger restrictions are needed because the virus is now spreading rapidly in London. We know it’s going to be hard, but we must keep protecting each other and helping to keep everyone safe https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home
  • Please stay home and don’t mix with other households
  • Please continue to wash your hands, wear a face mask, and keep your distance when outside

A poster explaining the Tier 4 restrictions can be downloaded here which you may also find useful to share.

Thank you for all of your continued support during this difficult time – it is hugely appreciated. We hope you are able to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas despite the circumstances.

Regards Louis

Louis Rotsos – Tenant & Homeowner Involvement Officer

Southwark Council | Communities Division

Housing and Modernisation Department

5th Floor, Hub 3 | PO Box 64529 | London | SE1P 5LX

Tel: 020 7525 1239

Email: louis.rotsos@southwark.gov.uk

www.southwark.gov.uk/mysouthwark

COVID19 (Coronavirus)

For the latest NHS guidance, please visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

To read the latest advice and information for Southwark residents, please visit www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have an enquiry about a vulnerable Southwark resident, please email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk or call 020 7525 5000

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New Director of Resident Services

Dear TRA committee member,

It is with very great pleasure that I am able to tell you that following Paul Langford’s resignation to take up a new role elsewhere, Cheryl Russel, head of accommodation and support, has been appointed to the post of Director of Resident Services.

Cheryl will start her new job on 11 January, following Paul’s departure on 10 January.

I’m delighted to be able to make this announcement. Cheryl has many years of housing experience, including seven years in Southwark and 25 years in local government.

Cheryl was appointed following a rigorous selection process and senior interview panel which included the chief executive, Eleanor Kelly, two directors and me. It also included an advisory panel of council residents.

In the coming weeks and months Cheryl will be introducing herself to residents and community groups (in her new role – many of you will know Cheryl already).

I also want to take this opportunity to wish Paul well and to thank him for the years of commitment he has given to the residents of Southwark. He leaves resident services in a good place and I know Cheryl will want to build on Paul’s positive legacy.

Best wishes and Happy Christmas.

Michael

Michael Scorer

(he/him)

Strategic director of housing and modernisation

michael.scorer@southwark.gov.uk

www.southwark.gov.uk

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