Loving people and life gets Janet ‘Tenant of the Year’

Janet Relf (centre) with Graham Morrow  and Angela Sharman (Resident Involvement Officers - Sussex) SUS-150217-162521001
Janet Relf (centre) with Graham Morrow and Angela Sharman (Resident Involvement Officers - Sussex) SUS-150217-162521001

A dedicated sheltered housing resident, who has spent the past 20 years working tirelessly to help the elderly within the community has been named Tenant of the Year for the Southern Region at the TPAS awards.

Janet Relf, an AmicusHorizon resident from St Leonards, received her accolade at a glittering ceremony held at the London Hilton on Friday, February 6.

The TPAS (The Tenant Empowerment Organisation) awards showcase compelling and inspirational stories of the success of tenants, landlords and contractors working together, celebrating people, ideas and organisations, shaping ‘the tenant involvement work of tomorrow’.

Janet has been a driving force from her careful stewardship of the thriving Four Courts community centre, in Sydney Close, St Leonards, to her passionate volunteer work on AmicusHorizon’s Sheltered Housing Steering Group and other committees and is a champion for older people in the community.

On receiving her award Janet said: “I feel so proud. I love what I do and the support from AmicusHorizon couldn’t be better.

“I just love people and I love life - life is for living.”

In October last year Janet helped organise the inter-sheltered scheme ‘Older People’s Day’, highlighting the talents and skills of people who live in sheltered housing and is resident chairman of the Join Us project – a social network run in partnership with Lewes District Council and AmicusHorizon that promotes a programme of activities and events to older people.

Pamela Brayford, supported housing officer at AmicusHorizon, one of the largest housing associations in the south east, said Janet is a special lady.

She said: “I’ve known Janet for 10 years and she is amazing.

“She will think nothing of taking someone to the doctor’s or shopping.

“She finds great pleasure in helping people but doesn’t do it for praise – she does it because she is a genuinely nice person.

“This award is very well-deserved.”

It is the second year running that an AmicusHorizon resident has won this award. Last year Monica Barnes from London picked up the accolade and then went on to beat off stiff competition to win the national prize.

Paul Hackett, chief executive of AmicusHorizon, added: “I’m really proud Janet Relf has won the TPAS Tenant of the Year (Southern Region) award.

“This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our residents.

“Congratulations to Janet for this well-deserved recognition.”