Notes to editors
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- Tower Hamlets has the third highest level of child poverty in England.
- Tower Hamlets has the second highest population of under 18s in Western Europe.
- 76 per cent of young people living in Tower Hamlets are from black and minority ethnic communities, which is reflected in Step Forward's user groups.
- The area has high levels of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, as well as family breakdowns and mental health problems.
- During 2009, Step Forward was accessed by 2,062 young people – 844 young men and 1,187 young women
- 930 young people accessed its core services of advice, counselling, personal development and family support
- Step Forward helped 96 young people to find ways to reduce self-harming behaviour.
- Apart from self-referrals, the next largest referral routes were via education services (20 per cent) and health services (10 per cent).
Case study quotes from Step Forward's young clients:
'Had it have not been for their help and support I would dread to think where I would be now. If only there were more organisations like this there would be far less young people dealing with difficult situations alone.'
'This organisation has helped me so much in my difficult time and helped me with my communication skills. I can get counselling sessions and use the sexual health clinic on request. Unlike most charities, Step Forward does not restrict the type of young people who can access the free services (in regards to borough and limited age range).'
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About the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards
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.
- Sir Christopher Gent (Chair): Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline plc
- Sir Christopher Kelly: Chairman, The King's Fund
- Simon Bicknell: Senior Vice President, Company Secretary and Corporate Compliance Officer, GlaxoSmithKline plc
- Professor Steve Field: Chair of the NHS Future Forum and Chair of the National Inclusion Health Board
- Gilly Green OBE: Head of UK Grants, Comic Relief
- Adrian Hodges: Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Global Community Partnerships, GlaxoSmithKline plc
- Martin Swain: Vice President, Global Employee Relations, GlaxoSmithKline plc
- Peter Wanless CB: Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund
- Richard Watts: Group Publishing Director, Haymarket Business Media