The East Sussex Adaptations Service has beaten off stiff nationwide competition to win both the ‘Excellence in Delivering Adaptations’ and ‘Outstanding Individual’ awards in the coveted Foundations Home Improvement Agency Awards 2013.

The Award for ‘Excellence in Delivering Adaptations’ combines the Adaptations Support Service, Minor Aids & Adaptations Service and Independent Living Services which operate in East Sussex. These services provide older or vulnerable people with a trustworthy, reliable service offering adaptations, hand rails, grab rails and stair lifts along with support to apply for the correct benefits and links into other services in the local community.

Overall, the services aim to support people to remain as healthy and independent in their own homes for as long as possible and have also recently been expanded to include tenants of Registered Social Landlords in the area.

The award for ‘Outstanding Individual’ of 2013 was won by Janet Geering, the Service Manager for East Sussex.  Janet’s commitment to helping people improve their lives has been at the backbone of the service’s success.  She says:

“I am very proud of our teams. They work holistically to provide advice on financial and social inclusion and provide practical solutions to enable people to remain in their chosen home, with dignity and safety.  This award recognises our high standards and innovation to assist vulnerable people and shows that by working together, lives can be improved.  I also feel humbled to have won the ‘Outstanding Individual’ award as there are so many people across the sector who champion HIAs.  With the comprehensive spending reviews which are hitting local authorities so hard, I believe the work of HIAs is even more important, as there will be far more vulnerable people who will need our assistance in resolving housing issues health and financial issues to achieve wellbeing.”

Congratulations to Janet and her team for all their hard work and dedication; these awards demonstrate how these we can make a real difference to people’s lives.