Swapping drills for disinfectant

Progress Housing Group operatives have swapped their tools for cleaning materials as they fill-in for cleaning contractors at the Group’s independent living schemes.

Managers at Progress Housing Group have praised their colleagues in property services after the operatives stepped up and stepped-in to undertake the cleaning work for older tenants across Fylde and South Ribble, helping to keep the housing group’s residents safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

After the Group’s regular cleaning contractor was unable to continue to provide cleaning services due to Covid-19, the operatives, who normally work as joiners, drivers, roofers and labourers, were happy to take up the essential cleaning work, which involves cleaning and disinfecting communal lounge and kitchen areas, as well as handrails, door handles and letterboxes, to ensure continuation of services offered in our independent living schemes.

"It's not my usual job but I'm happy to be making a positive impact to help minimise the risk of infection." Tim Jones, Multi-skilled Labourer - Property Services, Progress Housing Group

"I have been thanked by some of the tenants and hearing the feedback is lovely and motivates me to continue to help in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus." Barry Fellows, Joiner - Property Services 

"Throughout all this I would feel somewhat helpless and a little lost if I wasn't doing something to help at a time like this." Graeme Boyle, Multi-skilled Labourer - Property Services 

Progress Housing Group's Independent Living Scheme Operations Manager, June McNamee added, “We cannot thank our colleagues enough for the help they are providing. Our tenants feel happier and safer as the schemes continue to be cleaned five days a week.

“Adhering to safety guidelines and ensuring the wellbeing of our tenants and staff is paramount and social distancing is being adhered to at all times. They are doing a sterling job to keep our independent living schemes clean and safe, and the standard of cleaning is exceptional.

“Whatever their trade before, they have stepped up and helped enormously.”