ETF E-Newsletter April 2020

City of Edinburgh Council Stair Cleaning Service – COVID-19 Update

For a short period of time, the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) will not be carrying out their normal stair cleaning service.  They have made this decision because it is vital that they do everything they can to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect their customers, staff and members of the community.

Emergency Cleans

They will be carrying out emergency cleans only at this time.  Emergency cleaning is cleaning required to ensure the removal of hazardous substances, for example bodily fluids or fire hazard materials.  To report an emergency, clean please email [email protected] or phone 0131 529 7484.

Please keep yourself and your families safe by following the guidance to maintain social distancing and stay at home.  CEC staff appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation at this critical time.

The Work of Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland have created a consultation and peer-led model called Time for Change, that includes the voices of people experiencing homelessness and housing problems in shaping and designing solutions to local problems. Time for Change Edinburgh began in April 2019 and since then we have:

  • Held local consultations on local problems and solutions, through the voices of those affected by homelessness and housing problems;
  • Held a Consultation Event;
  • Involvement from eight Time for Change peers – local people experiencing homelessness or housing problems who have a passion to make change;
  • Designed and delivered a local Sleep Walk march, which Edinburgh Tenants Federation.

The Time for Change peers have an incredible passion to make real change and have helped buddy people to the Shelter Scotland hub to meet advisors and met people in communities who they have signposted to available help.

Lisa, Time for Change peer, believes it is time “to change opinions of homelessness”. She reflects on her experiences of homelessness, and how people need to understand how it affects people individually, what they experience in temporary accommodation, and the consequences on families e.g. prison, families being split, etc.

Lyndsey, Hub Support Volunteer and Time for Change peer explains her involvement, “I have been involved for some time, I have participated in the questionnaires [consultation] at various places like the prison, Salvation Army hostels. It was very interesting hearing other people’s stories”. Lyndsey also explains what the experience has been like for the peers involved from her perspective, “All the peers have got different things from Time for Change, but we all want the same thing, to make a change to homelessness”.

Time for Change peers want to see more social housing, better social housing, and housing available to local people to help prevent homelessness in Edinburgh and communities. We would love to hear from more people who live in social housing in Edinburgh, so if you would like to make your voice heard – get in touch.

The Sleep Walk for Shelter

Nicola Hazelton, Edinburgh Hub Manager, Shelter Scotland


ETF statement regarding office closure

We just wanted to let you know that ETF is still operating, to the best of our ability, during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

ETF has taken the decision to close its office in Norton Park, effective from 2 p.m. Friday 20th March 2020, to protect staff members and service users.

Whilst the office base is closed staff will be working from home but can still be contacted in the usual ways – by email to either [email protected] or by phoning 0131 475 2509 and they will do their best to assist you.

We look forward to seeing you at a future event once this crisis has past.

ETF E-Newsletter March 2020

Federation Matters – March 2020