This year’s #BeingCoop awards showcased some truly wonderful colleagues. We’re proud to share the stories of our winners.
Logistics Colleague of the Year: Adam Anderson
By Helen Lumley, Network Support Officer
Warehouse Operative Adam Anderson really went above and beyond to display our Co-op values, so it’s wonderful to see his efforts recognised.
Feeding Families is a national charity who provide food hampers for families over the Christmas period. After seeing their request for support, Adam immediately volunteered. Colleagues at Birtley depot generously donated eight cages of food, with Adam also making a personal food donation and sorting all the stock out. Alongside his wife, he assisted the charity by making hampers and completing their stock take. He did all of this during his annual leave, giving up his own time to support the charity. Additionally, Adam also used a £50 Co-op Food voucher he’d won to buy more food for the hampers.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, Feeding Families managed to feed over 3,000 families, meaning they got to enjoy a Christmas meal without the added financial worry.
It’s great to see Adam selected as the 2020 #BeingCoop Logistics colleague of the year –it’s very well deserved.
Apprentice of the Year: Amy Todd
By Damian Lamb, Stock Manager at Castlewood CDC
From day one, Amy’s been an asset to Co-op.
Always the first one in and last one out, her passion and commitment was clear to see. When the opportunity for the Team Manager apprenticeship became available I knew Amy would be perfect for it. And even though I was sad to lose her from the department, it was a natural next step and one she’d excel in.
Amy got stuck in straight away, booking in time for her to spend with each area within logistics to further her understanding. This involved spending time in transport making drivers packs up, running areas within the warehouse and even going out on the road with drivers. Amy made sure she got to see all aspects of the operation by working across three different shift patterns, juggling childcare commitments at home to be able to do this.
I was incredibly proud when Amy re-joined the team but as a fully-fledged Team Manager. Her commitment and determination to do a great job meant she was now meeting the demands of a new job, alongside completing her coursework for her apprenticeship.
Amy’s the kind of person who will always help others despite her workload. She always has a smile on her face, which brings positive vibes to the wider team across the warehouse. I think she’s a wonderful role model for what can be achieved when you have the determination and will to succeed.