Resident makes tenant of the year shortlist
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A social housing resident has made the shortlist of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) tenant of the year awards.
Susan Feary has spent the last five years championing the rights of her fellow tenants.
Previously manager of Suffolk Housing’s sheltered scheme at St Mary’s Close in Mildenhall, Mrs Feary became a tenant seven years ago when she retired to one of the housing association's properties in Newmarket.
She has been a member of Tenants Voice, which works to ensure the needs of residents continue to be met, since it was established in 2008 and was elected chair in 2010.
She said: “Being shortlisted for this award is a real honour and it’s really nice to be recognised. But it’s not just down to me – all of the tenants who have helped drive through improvements at Suffolk Housing should be patting themselves on the back.
“I have always been a champion of tenants’ rights, and firmly believe every tenant should have the chance to make their voices heard. We’ve come a long way at Suffolk Housing, and now have all sorts of exciting ways in which tenants can get involved. I’ve been proud and very pleased to lead a very enthusiastic group of tenants and look forward to continuing to work closely with them to drive forward further improvements in the future.”
Ian Winslet, chief executive of Suffolk Housing, said: “We are delighted that Susan has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. She has played a huge role in championing tenant’s rights at Suffolk Housing and has used her wealth of skills and experience to help ensure we continue to drive through improvements on behalf of our residents.”
Susan is one of ten finalists, with the winner due to be announced at a ceremony in London on March 1.