More than £300,000 awarded to regional charities working to improve health and wellbeing in their communities

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Ten health and wellbeing charities from across the UK have been named as this year’s winners of a GSK IMPACT Award - seen as a mark of achievement in the health care charity sector. The winning organisations were selected from more than 400 charities who applied to be part of GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme, which is run in partnership with The King’s Fund.

Each winning charity receives £30,000 of unrestricted funding, access to a unique training programme, and can join the GSK IMPACT Award Network, which is a professional development group. An overall winner, who will receive an additional £10,000 in funding, will be announced at an award ceremony recognising all winners to be held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 15 May 2014.

The 10 winners are:

  • Amaze – based in Brighton, helping to improve the lives of parent carers of disabled children
  • The Anaphylaxis Campaign – based in Hampshire, helping to raise awareness of anaphylaxis and NHS services for allergy
  • Aware Defeat Depression – based in Northern Ireland, working to help reduce the stigma surrounding depression
  • Gloucestershire Young Carers – based in Gloucestershire, supporting young people who have caring responsibilities for a family member
  • HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young) – based in Oxford, helping to tackle childhood obesity
  • The Lesbian and Gay Foundation – based in Manchester, working to help improve the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
  • Open Secret – based in Falkirk, helping people who have suffered childhood abuse or neglect
  • Rise (Refuge, Information, Support, Education) – based in West Sussex, supporting survivors of domestic abuse
  • Strettons Mayfair Trust – based in Shropshire, promoting healthy living and wellbeing
  • Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living – based in Wiltshire, helping disabled people to live more independent lives

A judging panel of health and charity experts who chose the winners include broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Care at the Care Quality Commission; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK;and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King's Fund. 

Now in their seventeenth year, the GSK IMPACT Awards are seen as a mark of excellence in the charity sector, and are open to charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million that are at least three years old. 

Katie Pinnock, Head of UK Community Investment at GSK, said:

'Charitable organisations are at the heart of the communities they support and play a crucial role in linking with the NHS  to address local health needs. We know how important their contribution is and want to play our part in ensuring their valuable work continues.'

Lisa Weaks, Third Sector Programme Manager at The King’s Fund, said:

'The not-for-profit sector is a key part of our health and social care system, and these winning charities show just how much can be achieved. Many are small organisations but have a real impact on individuals and communities.  Their work can help to relieve pressure on health services, improve people's quality of life, and provide them with support when dealing with difficult life experiences or hard life choices. This should not be underestimated.'

Please note that case studies and spokespeople are available for interview, along with photographs. For further information or interviews, please contact Saskia Kendall at The King’s Fund press office on 020 7307 2603 or by email on s.kendall@kingsfund.org.uk.

Notes to editors: 

Supporting information

The NHS spends around £3.4 billion a year on services provided by charities.

An estimated three million people volunteer in health and social care, playing a vital role in delivering services and becoming an increasingly important part of the care team.

A quarter of third sector organisations are involved in the provision of adult health and social care services. Small, local charities are often best-placed to understand the needs of the UK’s increasingly diverse population. They can often respond more flexibly and creatively than large public sector providers.  

Recent research by The King’s Fund found that financial pressures are undermining volunteering. Income is more uncertain and small charities do not have the diversity of funding that larger charities do.  For more information please visit: www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/volunteering-health-and-care 

GSK IMPACT Awards

The awards are open to charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million that are at least three years old. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submissions: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need. 

This year almost £340,000 in prize money will be awarded to charities through the GSK IMPACT Awards. There are 10 GSK IMPACT Award winners who each receive £30,000, and 10 runner-up organisations who each receive £3,000. Of these, an overall winner will be awarded an additional £10,000 at an award ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 15 May 2014. 

Since its inception in 1997, more than 300 community health care charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling almost £5 million.  

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information please visit www.gsk.com

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all. For further information please visit www.kingsfund.org.uk 

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