We are delighted to officially launch our online customer portal, My Bield, which is set to improve access to a range of services and encourage independent living.
My Bield enables Bield tenants to access a range of services, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, via a secure and bespoke login. The official launch coincides with Safer Internet Day 2024 (Tuesday 6th February), the UK’s biggest celebration of online safety.
My Bield can be accessed via the Bield website (www.bield.co.uk) by clicking the ‘My Bield’ tab at the top right hand side of the homepage. From here, Bield tenants, their Powers of Attorney or Guardians can get in touch at a time that is convenient for them in order to view their rent accounts and correspondence, log enquiries and request and track repairs. This will be particularly useful for customers who don’t have the opportunity or time to call or email.
Throughout the last year, we have worked closely with a group of tenants to develop and test the portal which makes paying bills, reporting repairs and viewing individual information easier and more convenient.
Those tenants were tasked with testing the quality and usability of the software using laptops, tablets and smartphones. The group also considered the functionality, design and general use of the portal with their feedback helping to inform the final product.
Following a soft launch at the end of 2023, over 170 tenants have already registered on My Bield.
Zhan McIntyre, Head of Policy and Customer Standards at Bield, said: “Technology is essential to the future of housing services and we need to ensure our interaction with customers meets their needs and expectations as we take our services to the next level. Getting tenants involved in the testing of the My Bield portal allowed us to find out exactly what they wanted to get out of the platform while making sure it was accessible and easy to use.”
Staff will continue to be contactable through more traditional methods for tenants who do not want to transfer to the digital option.
Tracey Howatt, Director of Customer Experience at Bield, said: “Developing our digital services is extremely important as we strive to continue improving the quality of housing and ultimately deliver better outcomes. The new portal will enable tenants to live more independently and continue to make important decisions regarding their tenancies.”
Everyone who registers for the My Bield portal will be entered into a free prize draw at the end of February for the chance to win one of two £50 shopping vouchers.
The My Bield portal forms part of Bield’s strategy to enhance customer experience and diversify methods of engagement with customers. In November 2023, Bield were awarded the ‘Excellence in Digital Engagement’ award at the 2023 TIS National Excellence Awards, which recognises housing organisations who have demonstrated creativity in developing meaningful digital engagement opportunities. Bield have also been shortlisted for the Technology Enabled Independent Living Award at the upcoming Digital Health & Care Awards 2024.