Nursery World Awards 2014 – My nomination   4 comments

Before I get down to the details of my nomination and my experience of the Nursery World Awards 2014, I need to make it very clear that this a personal recall of my experience, it is about how I felt from the beginning when I was first nominated, through to actual awards evening.

This is not the opinion of my friends that attended the event with me or those I work in partnership with – it is just my personal view

Therefore it has to be acknowledged that this blog is not intended to criticise the Nursery World Awards event, or to assume that everyone feels the same, but at the same time is also has to be acknowledged that this will be a honest personal reflection, and so some may feel that I am being critical.

 

There will be very positive aspects, some less positive aspects, and some aspects that for me personally were very challenging.

As always – I welcome comments on my blog – both from those who agree with my opinion and from those that disagree.

So to start at the beginning

I am a mature person (being over 50), a mother of 4, Granny to 9 (almost 10) grandchildren, currently an Ofsted  registered childminder – and with over 30 years experience within the field of childminding. I am also a wife, a volunteer to many organisations, and more recently a foster carer. In total counting birth children, foster children, and childminded children, almost 300 children have been in my care – albeit some for many years and some just for a few weeks.

 

My natural persona is one of lacking confidence, quietly spoken, honest, caring  – and having a passion for my chosen career within the field  Registered Childminding – and more importantly for not just the children I personally care for but for all children.

I am not the sort of person to complain if a meal out is not to standard expected, I am not the sort of person to take  something I have brought back,  if it is not fit for purpose, I am not the sort of person to negotiate a better price for something. Even within my setting practice I am not the sort of person to insist on notice period being given and paid for – my setting documentation states very clearly that notice period is required to give opportunity for the child to have a smooth transition, if parents choose not to give much  notice to enable this transition, I do my best with the time period available.

So in a nutshell – I am not the sort of person to challenge or make a fuss. However, I am the sort of person to reflect on things, to think if I could personally improve things to enhance the opportunities for children ……

So where the rights of children are concerned, my personal ethos and principles will not let me remain quiet, will not let me just mutter under my breath or have a bit of a rant at close family or friends.

Therefore I find myself with a rather well worn ‘soap box’ on which I stand on to ‘shout’ about all the things, that I consider to not be in the best interests of the children. I do so, despite the stress this causes me personally, despite the ill health it results in (not least from trying to fit so much into my so called spare time), and despite feeling that  often  I am speaking to a brick wall called Government .

In recent years I have had more and more things to shout about – and in doing so I have made contact with others who feel the same, and who are also speaking up for the rights of the children, in their own ways – some quietly and some as loud if not louder than I do.

Those of you who have not read one of my blogs before, and maybe do not know what it is that I campaign about – please take a few moments to look at some of my other blogs on here, or try googling my name, or Penny’s Place Childminding.

 

Having set the background to who I am and why I feel the need to campaign, I can move on to my actual nomination for a Nursery World Award

Some colleagues suggested that it would be a good idea to enter the Nursery World Awards to raise awareness of my campaigning work , and to acknowledge everything that I do, from my hands on childminding, to my support of colleagues through training and information sharing, to working in partnership with other individuals and organisations – and challenging Government.

ALL OF WHICH IS TO SUPPORT THE WELL BEING AND RIGHTS OF THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTRY

I was reluctant – very reluctant to be nominated – as I hate drawing attention to myself . However I was persuaded to enter the Nursery World Awards and a childminding colleague volunteered to put in a nomination and therefore a bit of background work was undertaken. When that colleague had to withdraw her support, I was tempted to forget about the idea – but then my colleague and friend Laura Henry offered to put in the nomination – and so the process began of gathering evidence – in fact the gathering  of evidence was easy! Many, people wanted to add their voice and to support my nomination – I was shocked that so many people wanted to do so – in fact there were so many that appendices had to be added, as the word count limit on the actual nomination documentation was exceeded

I am now going to add my nomination paperwork here – not because I am having a big head moment – but because I want people to see what those who supported me said. In doing so I hope to help people to understand what it is I do, and why I do it – and therefore to help raise awareness of my campaigning and  an awareness of who I work in partnership with.

I think it is important that everyone works together in partnership on aspects that agree with – as this will have the greatest impact. Of course we are not all going to agree 100% of the time on 100% of the issues – and when we don’t agree, I think it is fine to disagree on those aspects.

The links are just have a title and are  numbered – so if possible read them all and in order – although I accept that some readers won’t have time to do that, and will just scan read, or read the bits most relevant to them.

Document ONE NW Covering letter

Document TWO Role of the nominee

Document THREE Making a difference to children ..

Document FOUR Why Penny deserves to win this award

Document FIVE Appendix One Final    Voice of the Child and Statements from parents

Document SIX Appendix Two – Final  Supporting statements from childminding colleagues

Document SEVEN Appendix Three Final Supporting statements from other professionals

For those of you who don’t have time to read the above documents, I want to give an insight into the other professionals who supported my nomination – this is important as it shows how many are not only working with myself but with each other –  maybe other on reading the documentation will want to join us – may be those who work with one or two of those that I am about to mention, will  now want to work in partnership with more organisations and individuals who share the same concerns about the well being and rights of children.

And to be honest – although I would personally like to work in partnership with others – if people do not want to work directly in partnership with me – that is fine. If I can act as a link through this blog to enable more to work together, I shall be happy, because TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

(PS if you are thinking – when is she going to get to the Nursery World Awards bit – I will – soon, but as you will have noted the whole reason for agreeing to be nominated was to raise awareness of my campaigning – so naturally I am not going to waste the opportunity to raise awareness in this blog)

So – for the list of those other professionals who supported my nomination (please note this does not mean they agree with every single word I say, or every thing that I do – it just means they agree with certain aspects and / or that they work in partnership with me

 

Dr. Richard House   – Too Much Too Soon Campaign / Open EYE campaign / Save Childhood Movement

Mr. Yaf Yafai    – Pyramid Care Fostering Service

Wendy Ellyatt – CE Save Childhood Movement

Nathan Archer – Colleague who supported setting up of ratio petition/  Lincolnshire Montessori

Barbara Skilton – Retire Improvement advisor for Worcestershire Early Years

Cath Ellicott – Worcestershire Early Years and Childcare Manager

Bea Heath – Director Independent Childminders Social Enterprise

Beatrice Merrick – CE Early Education

Liz Bayram – CE Pacey

Neil Leitch – CE Pre school Learning Alliance

Helen Moylett – President Early Education

Marie Peacock – Childminder / Chair Mothers at Home Matter / Save Childhood Movement

Lynda De Wolf – Director Uk  Childminding Association

Sue Palmer – Save Childhood Movement / Author

 

When the documentation was complete – My nomination was sent in by Laura Henry – and the waiting began

Meanwhile I was flattered and humbled that so many people wanted to support my nomination  (and don’t forget the list above is just the other professional – parents past and present, and childminding colleagues also added their support as can be seen in the documents added above)

 

And then just when I thought I had not been shortlisted, I found out that I had been, I was delighted.

I had been shortlisted for the Individual Outstanding Contribution Award – I have to admit I had a huge grin on my face for the rest of the day – this was just what I wanted – some publicity for my campaigning.

However, I have to say – I was a bit disappointed because as the weeks marched forward toward the actual awards event, there was no pre event information about those who had been shortlisted. I understand that it is expensive to print information in the NW magazine – but I had hoped that there would have been some information about all of those who had been shortlisted available online – so that everyone could read about their achievements. Maybe I missed it – and there was some – but I did visit the awards page on NW website several times, I did not see any information – other than a list of names.

I did however receive ‘official’ confirmation of being shortlisted and a request that I book my place on the online booking form.

I have to admit I had to think about this, as the Nursery World Award event is a Black Tie event, very glamorous – and to be honest, way out of my comfort zone. Of course some people love this type of event and really look forward to dressing up, celebrating and having a fantastic time – but not me.

In the end though, after thinking about it and talking to close friends and family, I though I should go because there would be networking opportunities.

So I went online to book my place – and at that time not even thinking that as a finalist that I would be expected to pay to attend.

I was in for a shock – I did have to pay – but I was relieved to see I was booking in time to take advantage of the Early Bird price – which was £160 – a huge amount for someone like me – who like most early years practitioners does not earn a great amount.

To put it some sort of perspective – my weeks family holiday – for myself, my husband and my foster child cost £160 – and yes we did have a few extra expenses such as spending money, travel to the holiday and so on, but the actual holiday was £160.

And I was about to find out that attending the Nursery World Awards event had a few extra expenses as well – starting with VAT being added to the ticket price.

Therefore my ticket cost £192 – and at that price my local friends and my family members said – sorry but we can’t afford to come with you – and I certainly could not afford to pay for them.

I then started the search for suitable dress, shoes, and cheap train tickets and accommodation – all very time consuming – and all stressful

Luckily a friend who lives in London (but quite a way from the venue) offered her spare room, Ebay came up trumps for dress and shoes, and the trainline offered some travel options that were ‘reasonable’ but even so my total expense was in excess of £350 – far more than the total cost of my family summer holiday. ( I should mention here that a couple of very good friends – Carol and Brita, did make donations towards to the cost, for which I am extremely grateful)

Another issue is that because I am not familiar with, or comfortable about even the thought of attending Black Tie events – especially on my own, and do not like drawing attention to myself as ‘me’ rather than as ‘ campaigning me’ – I was becoming more and more stressed at the thought of attending – and was considering not going

But that would have been complete waste of money that I can not afford to waste – and the reasons for going were still valid.

I did start a discussion on Linkedin – as I thought that some everyday practitioners like myself may have similar difficulties in affording to attend or in attending an event outside their personal comfort zone. Response was mixed, but Nursery World have said they will consider other options – although they think from previous feedback that most people prefer the type of event provided. That may well be the case – and it proves that I am in the minority, then of course the event should continue in its present format. However, if it proves after consultation that others also would like some changes made, then I trust Nursery World to consider changes.

I was getting myself into a state of stress about the whole thing – even those who know me, struggled to understand how someone like me, who will challenge Government, attend meetings at all levels – and write blogs, could possibly be so nervous and so stressed about attending an event such as the Nursery World Awards.

However those who know me very well – knew that the reason was – because I lack confidence, I hate drawing attention to myself, I am naturally a quietly spoken and humble person (if you have read the supporting statements you will see this mentioned in several of them)

Meanwhile, unknown to me two of my London based friends and colleagues were emailing each other, and basically saying ‘ We have to do something – Penny is going to ‘bottle out’ and not attend’ – and so they spoke directly to Nursery World – and despite it being a bit late in the proceedings, secured tickets for themselves, and a promise that they could sit at the table with me. I can not thank Bea and Jen enough for going to the personal expense of doing this to support me.

My eldest daughter Michelle, then stepped in to organise and pay for a hair cut – again I am very grateful.  My husband Garry (better known in this blog as Mr. Penny’s Place)  brought me a suitable handbag – and I was more or less sorted.

 

Before I knew it, the time arrived to start preparing for my journey to London – and in the middle of the night in the week before the event – the dress crisis hit me! I had been expecting this due to my lack of confidence, and lack of experience of this type of event. So I looked at photo’s online of previous years events – and felt worse – would I be over dressed or under dressed? – and why did I think a £16.99 dress from Ebay was going to be suitable?

Friends and family poured reassurance on me – my dress was not just ‘fine’ it was prefect.

Early on Saturday morning, having not slept much the previous two nights – I found myself on the 6.37 am train from Kidderminster to London – nerves were getting the better of me – and my digestive system was working over time! Social media played an important part in providing constant reassurance and support during the journey – thank you everyone.

I arrived at Marylebone, and was very grateful to find that the disruption to underground services was not going affect my journey to Victoria where I had arranged to meet my good friend Wendy.

Wendy and I chatted a few hours away over two cups of coffee each, then it was time for Wendy to head home as she needed to rest before taking part in the Shine walk that evening, and I had to head toward my friend Jen’s house where I was staying.

It was at this point that the underground disruptions impacted on me!

Wendy pointed me in the right direction, we hugged and kissed – and then I was on my own. I am fairly confident on the tube system now (after many campaigning trips to London) but I was not prepared for this – too many people for tubes and lifts, stairways closed off, and a lot further to walk – all carrying my large suitcase (that I joked contained fairy godmother, pumpkin, mice and so on – as per the story of Cinderella). I finally get on the final tube of my journey to Jen’s – along with rather a lot of Chelsea supporters on their way to a match – they were not an issue – other than there were a lot of them all determined to get to the match on time, so they all squeezed into the limited space.

I arrived at Jen’s hot and tired and stressed about the forth coming event. Jen provided coffee and cake and chat which helped to keep my mind off things a bit – but then it could not be avoided any longer, as our shared friend and colleague Bea was due to arrive in 30 mins!

Dresses and shoes were put on, hair quickly sorted (and in Jen’s case some make up applied) and we were ready! I felt fairly good about my appearance and comments from Jen, and Bea who had just arrived, help boost my confidence even more.

We stepped out into Jen’s garden and took this photo

Ready for awards

 

By now I was a nervous wreck – and so grateful that Jen and Bea were going with me – I am sure it is difficult for those who enjoy such occasions to understand how I felt – but I felt physically sick and if it was not for my friends I would have not gone.

But go we did and we found ourselves showing our tickets to gain entry to the extremely grand venue. We were directed to where a whole line of waiters were stood with trays of reception drinks. As I don’t drink alcohol, I selected a glass of orange  juice – as did my friends (even though they do enjoy a glass of wine now and then)

We found a space to stand in the huge room that was slowly filling with people – all dressed in their finery. I know if I had gone on my own and had got as far as the reception drinks – I would have left fairly quickly. It is amazing how lonely crowded places can be if you are stood on your own.

Jane (Vice Chair of Pacey) came over and had a chat – and told me what to expect – as she has attended these awards before – thank you Jane.

My digestive system was threatening to explode – and so I needed to visit the ladies room – my very wise friends came with me – as to get to the ladies room you had to go past the entrance (and therefore the exit!)

They ensured I made it back to the drinks reception and we went back to chatting together and people watching. We were spotted by Neil Leitch, CE of Pre school Learning Alliance, who came over to speak to us all and as a supporter of my nomination to wish me good luck.

We were then all asked to make our way to dinner as it was about to be serve, on the way up the stairs, I had a quick chat with June O’Sullivan but then she made her way to her table with her staff from LEYF.

The room looked fantastic and certainly very glamorous

 

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We stood for a while looking down on the room before making our way to table 38 where we found our places. As promise Jen and Bea were sat with me – one either side. The rest of the table was occupied by lovely people from Springboard Opportunity Group in Wiltshire – it was touching that as not all their team could be with them, that they had printed photo’s of their colleagues, and so their present was felt at the event.

Alarm bells started ringing for me as I noticed that my dietary requirements were noted as ‘normal’ for starter and main – but different for pudding. Still there was no way I was going to make a fuss  (and I had communicated about my dietary needs at time of booking and a few days before the event)- and when the starter arrived which was totally unsuitable, I just nibbled on a small slice of bread. However Bea had other ideas and called over a waitress – she explained about my needs – and in a short space of time chef arrived so I explained to him. A second starter was served – again unsuitable – but finally at third attempt a suitable starter was provided. Chef checked my requirements for the main, and I was relived to find that when the main was served it was suitable. I can not fault chef on this as it appeared he had not had notice about my email until that morning.

The point I would like to make though is having provided details, I should not have had to deal with my dietary needs on the night – or rather Bea should not have had to. If I had been on my own – and had managed to stay until dinner was served – I would not have made a fuss and as a result would not have been able to eat the starter or the main.

I question why at such events there is not a choice on the menu – I understand the difficulties of preparing and serving meals to so many people, at the same time,  but if there was a choice, people could pre book, especially as there is clearly a system in place to record what people have requested.

Chat round the table during dinner was very pleasant and friendly.

Others at the table drank some of the wine provided at the table – and as a non drinker, I wonder why wine is included in the price especially as there will always be people who don’t drink, and people who drink more than others. As a soft drinks drinker I have a choice if I buy a soft drink or not  ( and on this occasion I just drank the iced water on the table), so why don’t wine drinkers have the same choice – to buy or not to buy?

And I am sure it is not just the Nursery World event where this needs to be considered.

Option could be that everyone was given  a ticket that could be exchanged at the bar for a drink of their choice, and thereafter everyone paid for their own drinks;

or fruit juice was provided at tables as an option.

or just iced water was provided at the table

Sorry I digress

After dinner Dave Benson Phillips was introduced and he quickly got down to the job of ‘entertaining everyone. I  like Dave – and so don’t have a problem with him being chosen – but in my opinion there were a host of people present who are well known in the early years field, who I would have preferred to introduce the winners and to say a little about the awards and what the judges were looking for in each category, and what was special about the winners. This in my opinion would have also been better than the voice over information about the winners.

We were entertained by a chap who I had never heard of – and who I would not choose to see perform again – but that is personal choice – and you won’t please everyone all the time.

It was then time for the actual awards – my stress  levels started to go through the roof, both Jen and Bea noticed this and asked if I was ok / put a  hand on me, every so often.

I suppose like others who have not attended such events before, I had made a few assumptions about what the event would be like – and certainly from what I had been told about previous events, and from following on Twitter last year – I expected a real celebration of all the achievements of everyone in the room – after all everyone was a finalist and that in its self is a major achievement – especially as we were told there had been over 300 entries.

I have to say I was really disappointed with the event as a celebration – there was no deigning that it was glamorous event – the table settings were lovely, everyone had made an effort to dress for the occasion – but I did not feel that the event did justice to those who were finalists or winners.

But that is just my opinion – I am sure others will have felt it was celebratory and that they felt their achievements had been valued.

To explain this is why I felt that the event was not a celebration – maybe it was just me, maybe it was just this years event – but I was disappointed.

First, as mentioned I would have preferred the judges to have announced the winners –  someone had been chosen to present each award but they did not speak to room, they just presented the award (apart from the well deserved award presented to Tina Bruce for her life time achievement – as she had a ‘proper’ introduction and was given opportunity to say a few words – and then had a rousing standing ovation- as deserved)

Dave introduced the finalists – in that their picture and name was flashed onto the screen for a few seconds – the Highly Commended were then mentioned by name – but they did not even get to go up on stage  – and a certificate was just taken to their table. In my view hardly celebrating either the achievements of the finalists for each award or those that were highly commended.

Then the winners were announced – they did get to go up to the stage – and there was a voice over about them and their achievements. They were presented with their award, the photographer quickly took a photo and they left the stage whole thing taking on average around 5 mins, because as soon as they left the stage, the whole cycle of announcing names started again.

All well and good but what I observed – was that as the night went on there was less clapping from other tables – yes the winning teams jumped up and screamed and clap but others in the room were less enthusiastic – Dave was doing his best to get people to cheer and clap – but those in the room were not engaging.

I have a theory about this – you see I think those who were not winners were not only disappointed but a bit deflated about  how they and their achievements had been more or less dismissed. Certainly a table near me that was not a winner were very quiet once they knew they had not won. By the time the first few awards had been given out people were not really even clapping much when the finalists for each award were announced.

By the time it got to the award that I was nominated for, there was hardly any clapping going on apart from the tables were winners were sat. I personally felt what a wasted opportunity – surely all the finalists needed to hear people congratulating them when their name was announced – surely they wanted people to know what was special about them and why they had been nominated and short listed by the expert panel of judges.

 

I was further disappointed when my picture and name flashed onto the screen for those few seconds – no one looking at it would have a clue that I was a campaigner – it looked like I had been nominated for something connected to outstanding contribution in my setting. In fact I had sent a range of photo’s in showing me in my various roles (complete with notes about what each photo was) – and the one chosen was of me with one of my grandchildren at THEIR house, so it was not even one of me in my setting (there were photo’s of me in my setting and in campaigning mode sent in).

I did not win, nor was I even highly commended – not only was I naturally disappointed, I also felt that entering had not achieved my personal aim of raising awareness of my campaigning – I had not entered for personal recognition as me, only as a campaigner in the hope that more people would come together to stand up for children’s rights and their well being.

Still, as I sat there reflecting I thought about the networking opportunities, and about the booklet we had been told we would get at the end with details of the finalists in it.

However, again I was disappointed – my name is listed as a finalist in the booklet – but no one will realise what I was nominated for, and the opportunities for networking were there at the end – but the room was filled with tables, the dance floor small for the number of people, and unless you are a very confident person you are not going to go up to people you recognise but don’t know and say ‘Hello’ – and even if you did, the opportunity to chat was  limited due to the dance music.

I did get chance for a few words with Neil Leitch (together with Jen and Bea) and he kindly agreed to the photo below being taken and shared .

Neil and us girls

Bea, Jen and myself decided it would be better to get a taxi back – before midnight – which we did – noticing that we were not the only people leaving at this time.

 

Would agree to being nominated again – I am not sure

Would I attend again – In its present format, I don’t think so, but if Nursery World consults and makes changes that reduce the costs and really celebrates the achievements of those who are finalist – well who knows.

 

I have made a couple of suggestions within the text of this blog but as I have said that I would be happy to help Nursery World evaluate and reflect on their event so that they can consider changes – here are all those suggestions in one place – plus a few others not mentioned before.

  1. Consider holding the event somewhere outside London, as venues would be less expensive, travel distances would be reduced for many, and hotel costs for those needing overnight accommodation would cost less.
  2. Consider not having a guest to host the event (actually I thought Liz Roberts, editor of Nursery World, spoke well and has the benefit of knowing about the sector so would be an informed speaker)
  3. Consider asking those judges that present the awards to actually give details of the awards, what they were looking for and what made the winners stand out
  4. Consider providing choice of menu items – even if people do have to pre book what they want
  5. Consider more equality and either don’t provide wine at the tables, or provide a soft drink option
  6. Consider not charging finalists – or have a reduced rate for them and for a guest, so that early years practitioners on low income can afford to attend, and if not part of a team can afford to take someone with them
  7. Consider providing pre event information online about all the finalists – so that everyone is aware of their achievements
  8. Consider providing information about all the finalist either while doing the presentations or in written format on the table at the event.
  9. Consider giving all the finalist a certificate so they have ‘something official ‘ to show others

NB Because I am always honest and fair – I need to mention that finalists do get a certificate and mine is on its way. So this point does not          need considering as already in place. Thank You Nursery World.

  1. Consider how to ensure all are applauded at the event – not sure how to do this but maybe it could be led by the panel of judges if they sat in view and  clapped everyone?

I don’t claim to represent everyone or even anyone other than myself – I do not know if others attending were disappointed with the event in the same ways as myself or even in different ways, or if they had a truly fantastic time (certainly one or two had had a bit too much to drink and were having a wonderful time – even though they may have ‘suffered’ a bit the following day)

I do not claim to have the answers, about what to do, if consultation shows that people would like change.

All I know is it never hurts to reflect, it never hurts to consult and to listen to the views of others.

And it never hurts to say – I / we have reflected, we have consulted and now we know we need to make changes – or now we can continue doing it as we were because change is not needed at the moment.

 

And that applies to individuals like me, organisations like Nursery World and indeed Government

 

POST SCRIPT

I must make it clear (due to comments made) that I am not questioning the judges decision, I fully accept the judges decisions which are based on their professional opinion. Those finalists that were picked as winners or highly commended were picked because they were considered the best entrants. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted September 29, 2014 by psw260259 in Random Things!

4 responses to “Nursery World Awards 2014 – My nomination

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  1. Such a shame Penny. They should have picked you as the winner and given you an extra special prize for all the amazing things you do. Perhaps it is on the way to you along with a large bouquet of flowers? I wonder who the judges were or perhaps it was the sponsors who chose the winners? xx

    • Thank you for your comments – and of course a bunch of flowers is always very welcome.

      However, without details of what is was that I was being nominated for – even a bunch of flowers would not have met my aim of raising awareness of my campaigning.

      On the issue of the judges – they are all listed (complete with photo’s) in the booklet and are all experts in one way or another in the early years fields. I do not question their judgement at all. However a slight issue may have been that many of the judges know me personally, or had already supported my nomination or work in partnership with me. and therefore would have had to declare ‘their interest’ and not be involved in judging my nomination – and I totally agree with this, it is how it should be. I do not know who judged my category but clearly those judges made a professional decision about who in their opinion made an individual outstanding contribution

      Hopefully people will become more aware of my campaigning – and certainly there is a lot more working in partnership now – which is great

  2. Oh **hugs** Penny – it looks like you came last in your category. How terribly unfair after everything you do. The other finalists were ‘Highly Commended’ but you didn’t even get a little write-up. What a fix!

    • I really don’t think it was ‘a fix’ – the judges made their professional judgement – and I accept that. I am not considered to have made an outstanding contribution, others think I have and that I continue to do so, the statements of support are testimonial to that.

      As I said in my blog – I think the shame is in the fact that those like myself who were finalists but not winners or highly commended did not get a write up or a mention on the night of what it was that they had achieved. There were other finalists in the room who I still have no idea what it is that they achieved and why the judges choose them as finalists.

      For most this is a once in a life time opportunity to have their efforts recognised and celebrated – what a shame that for some – no one knows what is is they have achieved.

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