Top community health and wellbeing charities win 25th GSK IMPACT Awards

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Ten UK charities have been named as winners of the 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards for their outstanding work improving health and wellbeing in their communities.

The awards come after a challenging two years for many local charities, with the Covid-19 pandemic having driven an increase in the number of people who need their support while also making it harder to deliver some services.

The ten winning charities were chosen from more than 350 organisations following a rigorous selection and assessment process. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards, and their partnership with leading health and care charity The King’s Fund. The awards are designed to recognise the outstanding work of small and medium-sized charities working to improve health and wellbeing in the UK. Winners will receive £40,000 in unrestricted funding as well as expert support and leadership development provided by The King’s Fund. 

The ten winners of the 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards are:

  • BHA for Equality, tackling health inequalities in ethnic minority communities in the north of England by offering advice and screening services for infections and diseases including HIV, cancer and tuberculosis (TB)
  • Brigstowe, enhancing the quality of life of people living with HIV and other long-term health conditions in Bristol and the surrounding area
  • Bromley and Croydon Women’s Aid, providing a place of safe refuge and support for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence
  • Dads Unlimited, a Kent-based charity supporting the mental health of dads across England who are undergoing family breakdown
  • Dementia Forward, providing information, advice and support along with wellbeing activities and respite for people across North Yorkshire affected by dementia
  • Haemochromatosis UK, improving the diagnosis and care of people affected by the genetic condition haemochromatosis (iron overload)
  • Mancroft Advice Project providing advice, counselling, and holistic mental health support to young people in Norfolk aged 11-25
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD), supporting anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland
  • The Haven Wolverhampton, providing safe accommodation and support for women and children in Wolverhampton affected by domestic abuse
  • Trekstock, supporting young adults affected by cancer to improve their health and wellbeing through physical activity.

A key aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme is to develop leaders in the charity sector, and all winners are invited to build on their success and take part in a tailored leadership development programme run by The King’s Fund. Following this, they are invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a UK-wide network of more than 110 previous award winners that work together to develop leaders, find new ways of working and provide mutual support.

Katie Pinnock, Director UK Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:
‘We are immensely proud to be celebrating 25 years of the GSK IMPACT Awards. Since we launched the programme in 1997, nearly £7.7m has been awarded in support of 518 of the most impressive health and care charities in the UK. The Awards recognise innovation, leadership and resilience.  Our 25 year partnership with The King’s Fund is testament to the commitment from both organisations to support the health and wellbeing of some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the winners of the 2022 GSK IMPACT Awards.’

Lisa Weaks, Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, at The King’s Fund, said:
‘For 25 years the GSK IMPACT awards have been a mark of excellence in the voluntary sector. We are proud to support the ten winning charities, all of which have gone above and beyond to respond to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The support provided by charities for people’s health and wellbeing has never been more important, and we were inspired by the many memorable examples of new services and innovative initiatives the winners have developed in response to the changing needs of the people and communities they serve. We were also really impressed by the strength of leadership shown by the winning organisations, and we hope they will benefit from the development and support opportunities offered by these awards.’
 

Notes to editors

Photos, interviews and case studies are available on request. For further information please contact Gemma Umali, Press and Public Affairs Manager at The King’s Fund, on 07584 146035 or g.umali@kingsfund.org.uk

GSK IMPACT Awards  

  • 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards, GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme. The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health care charities. For more information visit gsk.com.
     
  • The awards are open to small and medium-sized charities working in health and wellbeing with an annual income between £120,000 and £3 million that are at least three years old. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submission: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting need. For more information on the application process, visit the GSK IMPACT Awards homepage. The 2023 GSK IMPACT Awards will open for applications in July 2022. 
     
  • In 2022, £450,000 in unrestricted prize money will be awarded to UK charities through the GSK IMPACT Awards. To mark the 25th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards, the prize has been increased so that the ten winners each receive £40,000 in unrestricted funding, a film and other promotional materials to promote the charities, as well as access to training and development activities estimated to be worth £9,500. At the award ceremony in London in June, an overall winner will be announced. The winner will receive an extra £10,000, making a total of £50,000. Ten runners up will also each receive £4,000.
     
  • The 2022 winners went through a rigorous assessment, including a half-day in-depth discussion with an independent assessor, and were selected by a judging panel of health and charity experts including Sir Jonathan Symonds, Chairman, GSK; Richard Murray, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund; Emma Ackerman, Funding Strategy Director, The National Lottery Community Fund; Aleema Shivji, Executive Director of Impact and Investment, Comic Relief; John James, Chief Executive, Sickle Cell Society; and Dr Dominique Allwood, Director of Improvement and Partnerships, UCLPartners.
     
  • Since their inception in 1997, nearly 520 health and wellbeing charities have received GSK IMPACT Awards and funding totalling nearly £7.7 million.  

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The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. It helps to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; developing individuals, teams and organisations; promoting understanding of the health and social care system; and bringing people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Its vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.