Your Lockdown Superhero Results

1st Place – Claire Grint nominated by Toni Gibson


I would like to nominate Claire Grint (Clacton Jobcentre) as our Lockdown Superhero.

Claire has worked tirelessly supporting colleagues old and new,  in and out of the office.

From presenting online Skype training for home workers, ensuring inclusion via informal Skype meetings, and providing moral support for anyone struggling with working from home. Claire is a force of nature.

In her own time, she has visited homeworking colleagues ensuring they have all they need, has delivered presents/cards etc for Lockdown Birthdays, and ‘festival packs’ for our ‘Celebrate Civil service’ day.

Everything is done with the greatest good humour, kindness and consideration, and in addition to her pre-existing day job.

There is so much more that Claire has done to support others, that simply can’t be included in a 100 word nomination.

Suffice to say, she truly deserves some recognition for her amazing support, and positive attitude.

I hope you agree.


Joint 2nd Place – Steve Cook nominated by Nita Draper

My Lockdown Superhero is a Band B at Great Yarmouth Jobcentre called Steve Cooke      

I got sent home almost from the very start as I am a diabetic     

He has texted or emailed me every day since, just to chat, ask me how I am, or if I need anything    

He drops off things from shops I wouldn’t go to  

He has an allotment and brings me produce he has grown  

He has kept me informed of what’s going on in the office, and has brought me work stuff when I’ve needed it      

He’s truly my Lockdown Superhero   


Joint 2nd Place – Karen Taibi nominated by Julie Darlison

I would like to nominate Karen Taibi at Watford Jobcentre.

Karen used to be a member of the committee until last year. Unfortunately, she was no longer unable to commit to monthly meetings and running events due to her job role changing to a Work Coach in Watford Jobcentre. But she has carried on in an unofficial capacity with her new colleagues. She remains an active HASSRA Club member.

She is a very caring and supportive colleague and has been doing socially distanced exercise , dance and mindfulness sessions.

She has ‘coffee and chat’ with the staff working from home to ensure they are included.

As well as regularly baking cakes and treats including homemade donuts on VE Day she made scones with cream and jam including vegan options for everyone and decorated the office.

She is also doing Skype Bingo and buying bottles of prosecco and gift vouchers to send to people at home as prizes from her own pocket.

I really hope she is considered as for an award. She would not expect it and does not look for recognition.


Nominees who received a voucher –


Gary Stinton nominated by Jayne Eman

Oliver Gee-Howes nominated by Amy Elmes

Janice Lyon nominated by Dawn Afriyie

Sheena Manmahon nominated by Lena Brooks

Norwich Youth Obligation Team nominated by Lucy Alford

Mark Goldsmith nominated by Evie Kelleher

Joanna Cottrell nominated by Stephen Brady

Wendy Rayner & Kate Bloom nominated by Tracy Wilson

Mary Cosgrove nominated by Tracy Martin

Maggie Brown nominated by Sharon Baker

Rob East nominated by Jenny Green

Melissa Cookson nominated by Emma Stewart

Paula Burman nominated by Fay Turner

Laura Brown nominated by Nicola Green

Carol Goodbody nominated by Mark Bushell

Kathy Askew nominated by Katja Coe

Birju Buhecha nominated by Holly Braisher

Anne-Marie King nominated by Carol Goodbody