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New GSK Grow programme announces 11 charities to receive funding and development

Eleven small health and care charities have been selected to join the first cohort of the new GSK Grow programme.

The successful charities were selected from more than 140 applications and will each receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding from GSK, plus a place on a sought-after leadership programme, worth an additional £3,200, delivered by leading health charity The King’s Fund.

Each of the successful charities will now receive coaching delivered by a voluntary sector leader who has taken part in The King’s Fund’s Cascading Leadership programme, which trains voluntary and community sector leaders to support others in the sector.

The GSK Grow programme has been specifically designed to support very small charities with annual income of less than £120,000. GSK and The King’s Fund set out to attract a broad range of programme participants to create a blend of different experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge. Applications were actively encouraged from organisations that are led by and support people from under-represented backgrounds, people from ethnic minority communities, people with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community.

The new programme was launched to mark the 25th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards, a highly regarded awards programme that recognises charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing in the UK.

The 11 successful charities that secured a place on the GSK Grow programme are:

  • Breaking Barriers NW, based in Bolton, aims to challenge the barriers to inclusion for disabled children, young people and their families providing support, activities and opportunities

  • CoDa Dance Company uses dance to tell real-life stories differently, delivering dance as a rehabilitation tool in hospitals for neuro-disabled people and creating innovative digital dance experiences for curious audiences

  • Fumble supports young people aged 11-25 to successfully manage their sexual health, relationships and mental health in the digital age

  • GamFam provide help and support to anyone affected by the impact of gambling-related harms

  • Live Through This supports and raises awareness of the needs of cancer patients from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and other sexual and gender minorities (LGBTIQ+) in the UK

  • The Maggie Oliver Foundation supports people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and exploitation nationally to turn the pain of their abuse into power through emotional support and advocacy

  • The Parent Rooms aims to support parents across Northern Ireland to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing and move into fulfilling and healthy lives

  • Plasma of Hope supports individuals living with sickle cell disorder and other related illnesses in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell

  • Suicide & Co supports people who are bereaved by suicide

  • The Widows Empowerment Trust supports the widowed community (male and female) who have been bereaved and are experiencing loneliness and social isolation in and around Manchester

  • Youth@Heart  is a cardiac charity which empowers and supports young people aged 15-24 living with congenital heart disease and their families across south-west England and South Wales

The GSK Grow Programme initially set out to select 10 charities, but the panel were so impressed by the standard of applications that they decided to welcome 11 charities onto the Programme. Four runners up were also chosen to receive £1,000 in unrestricted funding, plus the offer of free coaching support has been extended to a further 10 leaders.

Commenting on the new programme, Katie Pinnock, Director of UK Charitable Partnerships at GSK said:

‘To mark the 25th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards, we have created the GSK Grow Programme, specifically recognising the work of small charities serving the UK’s most underprivileged and diverse communities. We have been amazed with the calibre of the applicants for the programme. What these organisations are achieving on such small incomes is astounding, and we’re hugely impressed with their strength and agility, particularly during the last two years.’

Lisa Weaks, Assistant Director and Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund, said:

‘Smaller charities can face significant difficulties accessing funding and support, and many of the people leading these charities have been working under huge pressure, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Grow charities are led by inspirational leaders, who are passionate about supporting their community. They bring a unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge. I am delighted that we have been able to partner with GSK to deliver this exciting new programme, supporting these charities and their leaders to develop their work.’

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The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and 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 health and care is available to all.