Stephenson Awards 2022

The Stephenson Awards celebrate the shining stars in the Action for Children family

Over 150 years ago, The Reverend Dr Thomas Bowman Stephenson saw some children living rough under the arches of Waterloo Station. Instead of walking by, he stopped to listen to their stories. Then he worked out the most practical way to help, leading to the creation of the National Children’s Home – the beginnings of Action for Children.

Each year, in memory of that life-changing kindness, we celebrate the people who help us deliver safe and happy childhoods.

The Stephenson Awards recognise the work of our amazing supporters, volunteers, carers and staff members, and the achievements of the children, young people and families we support. We also recognise staff who have reached long service milestones at Action for Children.

Thank you for making her feel so special, she never wants a fuss but deserved one.

Outstanding Supporter Nominator 2020

It was so special to receive an award and come to London for the day.

Young Achiever 2020
Group of award recipients holding up plaques and certificates during award ceremony

Who’s eligible?

Anyone can nominate, anyone can win. It could be a young person who has shown great courage, a team of volunteers who never give up, a member of staff who makes a child’s star shine brighter, a behind the scenes superstar, or many more.

Stephenson Awards recipients seated at table during awards ceremony

Who are the judges?

All nominations are read by a diverse panel of judges. From supporters, trustees and staff to young ambassadors and celebrities, there’s a real mix. Everyone shortlisted is invited to a ceremony in London, where the winners are announced.

It was a lovely experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Outstanding Volunteer 2017

Nominations for the Stephenson Awards 2022 are now CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for those who inspire them. We look forward to celebrating the shining stars in the Action for Children family.

Tables of recipients and staff at Stephenson Awards ceremony

What happens next?

All nominations will be reviewed to make sure they are complete before being passed on to a judging panel who will choose the award-winners and runners-up.

The Awards Ceremony

This year’s Stephenson Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 15th June at Glazier’s Hall, London.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Stephenson Awards or the nomination process, please email [email protected].