Grateful for Janet
Today was different. I attended the memorial service of my Practice Teacher.
Could it have been December 1995 when I visited Frank Lord House, Luton? I was a social work student at the nearby University of Hertfordshire. I had completed my first placement and was now viewing my second and final one as part of qualifying as a Social Worker.
I was given Janet’s name as someone who could supervise me. I wasn’t impressed with the building but I agreed to the placement.
You don’t forget people who launch you into a life, a world in which I remain 26 years later.
I recall my first NAPO ( Probation’s Professional Association and Trade Union) meeting once qualified and appointed to Luton. Janet brought to the meeting the then Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Luton North who was subsequently elected in 1997.
Napo’s annual conferences for the next few years became a place to get to know her outside of work.
Janet then moved on from Luton during which time I would randomly bump into her on a train bound for London or in a supermarket.
Maybe some seven years ago she reconnected with a colleague who invited her along to an annual walk. It was only 8 weeks ago that she sat with us under a tree, shaded from the intense heat.
Janet could befriend people at various levels yet hold them all with warmth.
I today am grateful for her input into my life and that she retained an interest and friendship.