Gloria Jenkins obituary


My mom, Gloria Jenkins, who has died aged 86, launched into a profession in social work and training within the late Fifties. She first labored as a home mom in youngsters’s houses, then as a childcare officer in Camberwell, south-east London, and Glamorgan, south Wales.

In 1972 Gloria was appointed lecturer in social work at Gwent Faculty of Greater Training and thus launched into 25 years of social work training and latterly college administration. Simply as she had been knowledgeable, expert and empathetic social employee she turned an inspirational instructor. As course director for the certificates of qualification in social work she supported lots of of social employees of their want to hitch the career.

Gloria frolicked within the Netherlands, Spain and Israel sharing social work apply. In 1988–89 she was visiting professor of social work on the College of Texas. In 1990, she started the ultimate a part of her skilled profession, as chief of the small staff working to realize college standing for the South Glamorgan Institute of Greater Training (now Cardiff Metropolitan College), which was attained in 1996, the yr earlier than her retirement.

The elder daughter of David Moulds, a miner, and his spouse, Cassie (nee Morgan), Gloria was born in Blaenllechau, within the south Wales valleys, and attended Ferndale grammar college. She was one of many first to attend college from her group, graduating in 1958 with a level in English and historical past from Cardiff College, and marrying a fellow scholar, Tony Jenkins, in 1960. She later accomplished the diploma in utilized social research, adopted by the certificates of qualification in social work on the college. In 1981 Gloria gained a grasp’s in training.

Gloria joined the British Affiliation of Social Employees in 1971 and remained an energetic member till her retirement. She was a member of the Labour celebration for 60 years, took half in early CND marches and sat within the mud at Greenham Widespread.

In 2001 Gloria based the Welsh chapter of Households and Pals of Lesbians and Gays. She attended the very first Satisfaction occasions in Cardiff, and was one of many first co-chairs of Stonewall Cymru. In 2003 she acquired an achievement award from Stonewall and in 2017 was delighted to be honoured as a part of Satisfaction Cymru’s Icons and Allies exhibition.

Gloria cherished the humanities. She was an energetic patron of Welsh Nationwide Opera and the Modern Arts Society for Wales. In 2006, she accomplished a level within the historical past of artwork, graduating with first-class honours and have become a well-liked information for the Nationwide Museum of Wales.

Her marriage to Tony resulted in 1984. Gloria is survived by three youngsters, Sian, Michael and me, and two grandchildren, Owen and Ieuan.


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