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Joy Unlimited at the Promoting Independence Awards

Joy Kent, founding director of Joy Unlimited and former director of Cymorth Cymru

It’s awards season and I’ve had quite a few conversations about there being too many awards now. In my view, the PIAs are different and this is why...

I have lots of wonderful memories of working at Cymorth and this is one of my favourites. It’s from the first conference we ever held. It was at the Hilton in Cardiff and some people were uncomfortable with such a venue for the housing-related support and homelessness sector. I understand where that feeling comes from, but I hold a different view. I will never forget when the hotel staff opened the door to the dining room, I was standing near one of the doors and as one of the attendees came through and saw how lovely it looked, she stopped and said, “wow - is this for us?”

I know that the people using services are the ones who need to be prioritised. But it’s also a tough gig providing services and the rewards are not financial. There are lots of awards ceremonies that are attended by the great and the good in Wales – they cost a fortune, make a lot of money for the organisers and it’s a fair observation to say that it’s the usual suspects receiving the adulation.

This is not the case with the PIAs.

People are doing an amazing but hard job and for one evening in the year, getting together as a sector to share and celebrate success is a valuable and heart-warming thing to do.

We all benefit from a thank-you and a bit of recognition, and if the sector doesn’t value itself, why should anyone else? So I’m really pleased to be one of the sponsors for the night and to have the opportunity to be part of that celebration.

Here’s to a great night!

 

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