The Big Housing Thank You
20 May 2020
Paying extra special thanks to our frontline workers
Today is the#BigHousingThankYou, a day dedicated to celebrating frontline housing workers who have been the invisible heroes of the country’s Covid-19 battle. This is a national campaign, which is supported by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation, and the National Federation of ALMOs.
The day began with the launch of atwo-minute videoon the website of the housing sector’s top news publication, Inside Housing. The film features 22 residents and leading figures from organisations across the housing sector. They read a specially commissioned poem against a backdrop of housing staff from more than 30 housing associations, councils and ALMOs, all pictured on the Covid-19 frontline. The full poem is below:
Thanks Are Due
Here we make a house a home, here we make a flat your own... and this work we don't do alone.
There's hundreds out there every day working hard to keep at bay the wear and tear, the "come what may" -
To you we owe our gratitude for your bravery, your aptitude:
caretakers take the time to care, empty bins, clean the stairs, make a difference everywhere;
care workers lend a helping hand: medication, dignity, a ray of hope - they're the key;
sparkies, plumbers conduct repairs, keep the lights on, keep prepared every home, every space we share;
and those who run our refuge spaces, who provide the safest places to go when things are at their worst;
and residents, now well versed in social distance, staying in who keep things calm, inspiring;
and everyone who works with us, delivers, fixes, and in doing thus makes us proud, keeps our chins up.
To our workers: we depend on you - your bravery, your fortitude, for every single thing you do a million times, our thanks are due.
Staff at LHP have still been working to keep communities safe and well-cared for: they’ve undertaken emergency repairs, and called hundreds of vulnerable residents weekly to provide a friendly ear at the end of the phone. Call centre staff and income officers have been there to reassure and advise residents, at a time when so many have feared for their livelihoods and even their homes.
Lincolnshire Housing Partnership Limited registered as a charitable Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 with registered number: 7748. Data Protection registration number: ZA345449
Registered Office: Westgate Park, Charlton Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1SQ