How we celebrate colleagues that go above and beyond

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Kelly Corcoran - Digital Communications Officer
Friday 26 January 2024
Abby, a young girl, is doing therapy play crafts with her support worker. They are both smiling and laughing.

Each year at Action for Children we give a 'Christmas Star' to our fellow colleagues. Why? To recognise their incredible work and achievements.

Our 'Christmas Star' nominations open towards the end of our Secret Santa campaign, giving us the perfect chance to pause and celebrate the achievements of the teams around us.

Find out other ways we recognise colleagues across the charity
Our annual awards

This year, there were over 1,400 Christmas Star messages sent to colleagues across Action for Children.

We’re proud to share some of these heartfelt messages with you and hope it gives you a little insight into the incredible work people do across the charity.

Meet some of our Christmas Stars

Karina Cowell

Karina is a Wellbeing Practitioner here at Action for Children. She works in the Moray Sonas Wellbeing Service, which supports young people aged 5 to 26 who are experiencing emotional health difficulties.

Karina Cowell image for Christmas Star

Karina's Christmas Star nomination:

'Karina, you're a real star! You give your all to the families you work with and you're amazing at what you do. You're so calm and patient, even during the most difficult situations. I love our work chats and always look forward to seeing you!’

Kim Pouch

Kim Pouch

Kim is a Family Support Worker at the Buttercup Family Hub in Worcester. Buttercup Family Hub offers early years and family support to those who need it most.

Kim's Christmas Star nomination

'Kim deserves a Christmas Star for her passion and caring nature towards the families she supports. She also deserves a star for being so patient and having a great sense of humour. And thank you for being my Social Media mentor! You're truly an inspiration!'

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Nicola Clifford image for Christmas Star

Nicola Clifford

Nicola is the Registered Manager at Action for Children's Park House Residential Service, developed in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

Park House offers short-term, planned residential breaks for young people with disabilities.

Nicola's Christmas Star nomination

'Nicola has supported our team as a manager really well. She is very approachable and does an excellent job. She has also been integrating the Anti-Racist campaign from Action for Children into our team meetings, which has been great.'

Lauren Young Christmas Star nominations

Lauren Young

Lauren is the Creative Account Manager, in the Brand & Strategic Marketing team, delivering the branding and creative assets needed across the organisation.

Lauren's Christmas Star nomination

'Celebrating 5 years at Action for Children - what an achievement! Lauren has given so much passion, energy, and creativity to the charity and I want to say a big thank you! Lauren's valued and much loved by the team. She's a star through and through.'

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William Molloy

William Molloy is a Young Persons Practitioner at the East Dunbartonshire Canal Housing Service. The service provides general counselling and support to young people who have left or are in the process of leaving care.

Christmas Star nomination for William Molloy

'William has been so supportive and helpful during my time at Action for Children. He's dealt with my numerous questions and had patience whilst I learnt and adapted to the role. He's been extremely approachable and friendly, and showed nothing but kindness.'

This is just a small selection of the 1,400 Christmas Star messages received. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all Action for Children staff for their incredible hard-work and dedication to the charity. Every single one of you is helping children and young people across the UK, have a safe and happy childhood.

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