Staff at Diverse Cymru are saddened to hear about Kay Jenkins, a wonderful and passionate colleague. . Kay was part of the Direct Payments team, supporting disabled people to manage their independent living arrangements.
She will be incredibly missed by all. Below are some tributes to Kay from the friends and colleagues who knew her.
Please do share your own memories and remembrances through social media and tagging @DiverseCymru.
“Kay Jenkins the queen of Direct Payments and a great friend, will miss you lots” Charles
“Kay Jenkins was a remarkable woman. Her drive and determination to see right done, her forthright no nonsense approach to helping others, together with a cheery disposition and caring nature was an inspiration to all. Kay always tried to look her best and was smartly turned out. She worked hard at whatever task she took on and enjoyed a good party. To meet Kay was always a pleasure and her wit never failed to engage and challenge you, but also to brighten your day. This in itself is enough to make Kay an exceptional person, but when you set this against the fact that Kay had significant disabilities, it truly makes her one of the most inspiring people I have had the great pleasure to know. My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences are with her family and many good friends. We have lost a truly great person.” Keith Dewhurst
“Kay was a lady that put life into perspective for me and many others. Kay was a lady that really opened my eyes to how society disables people and not that people are disabled. A force to be reckoned with and a wonderful, funny and loving lady. A smile that changed the world but the world didn’t change her smile. All my love” Sean
“From the very first day I started work at Diverse Cymru, myself and Kay instantly clicked. Kay took me board and trained me up to do my job and her and Mark took me on home visits, office visits and even down to Global Link to introduce me to the social work team. Kay always made me feel welcome within the team and from there on we became very good friends. I would always look forward to seeing Kay wheel into the office as she would instantly brighten up the whole room with her presence by singing or just being Kay. I could literally write a book at all of the memories and good times me and Kay have shared from the ‘interviews’, to the time at ‘The flaming Grill pub’ and all of the strange funny conversations we would have, I could go on and on. I could always rely on Kay for a shoulder to cry on whenever I needed her, whether it be day or night. Kay always cheered me up with her wise words and advice and guaranteed to always put a smile on my face. I am going to miss our face time calls every day and night as Kay was always at the end of the phone to have a chat too. Kay has really made me the person I am today and I am truly grateful to have called Kay my friend. Friends like Kay are very hard to come by and I will miss her so so much. Sleep tight my angel.” Hannah
“Kay you were one in a million! You were a kind caring person with a wicked sense of humour! You were strong and a resilient women who wouldn’t let anything get in your way! You will be missed….RIP love” Edna
“God bless you Kay. You have brought hope and a smile to so many faces, you truly are wonder woman and will be greatly missed. It’s been such a privilege to know you, but now it’s time for you to fly high on the next plane.With all our love” Angela, George and Alex
A selection of posts from social media are below: –
Really sad to hear this. Kay was always an active participant and valued voice on the Cardiff Met social work degree. x
— Sarah Thomas (@slthomas130170) July 25, 2017
So sorry to hear the sad news about Kay. I'll remember her dedication to addressing inequality and lighting up the office with her laughter https://t.co/mHkp5EerN9
— Roz Warden (@RozWarden) July 25, 2017
— BASW Cymru (@BASW_Cymru) July 25, 2017
— Cardiff MASW (@CardiffMASW) July 25, 2017
So sad to hear the news! Kay was wonderful, gorgeous and passionate! What a woman! Greatly missed! Fe gollwn ti Kay ???? https://t.co/Zm5CppzovL
— William Aled Jones (@WilliamAled) July 25, 2017