Do you know a healthcare charity making an IMPACT? GSK Ireland launches its 2016 IMPACT Awards

Call for entries into the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards which will award up to FIVE community- based healthcare charities with €10,000 each.

GSK today launched its second annual GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland. There are thousands of “unsung healthcare heroes” all over Ireland: charities who are right at the heart of Irish communities making a real difference that we never get to hear about.

This will be the second year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT awards. The program is an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT awards programme which has been running in the UK and

USA for nearly 20 years. Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding through the awards, while five runner-up charities will receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities will also receive a video and photography package.

Claire Taaffe, Communications Director for GSK, said: “We want to build on the success of last year’s awards, and are encouraging even more charities to enter this year. Healthcare charities tackle some of society’s most difficult, often overlooked challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, so many of whom are at the heart of Irish community health and support them to continue their great work.”

CEOof The Wheel, Deirdre Garvey and judging panel member commented: “Right across Ireland, there are hundreds of small charities who are making a real impact to their communities. Very often, it is these small charities who are struggling for resources. The GSK Ireland Impact Awards will give these groups a great opportunity to apply for much needed funding but also to get the recognition they so rightly deserve.”

SineadGrennan, CEO of Sonas APC, one of last year’s winners commented, “Winning a GSK Impact award was fantastic recognition for us and the work that we do but it even more importantly allowed us expand this and bring our services to an even wider group of people who live with dementia and their care partners. I would encourage charities to enter: the application itself is a very useful process and you never know, you just might win..

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday, 6th May 2016 and interested organisations can apply at

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About the Awards

A unique feature of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards is that they recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. Judging is based on the work of the whole organisation. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must demonstrate in their application submissions:

  • Innovation: Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
  • Management: Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Partnership: Working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share 'best practice' and to learn from others.
  • Achievement: Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance.
  • Community focus: Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
  • Targeting needs: Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.

Organisations interested in applying must:

  • Be registered and located in the Republic of Ireland and be in existence for at least three years
  • Have a total annual income of between €20,000 and €1 million
    • Target community health needs in Ireland, with community defined as a geographical community or a community of interest
    • Able to point to a track record of achievement in community health issues

About GSK in Ireland

GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, employs 1,800 people across four locations in Ireland – Dungarvan, Cork, Sligo and Dublin. The company is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

GSK in Dungarvan produces a variety of ‘over-the-counter’ pharmacy and oral care products including Panadol, Polygrip and NiQuitin. In fact 7.5 billion Panadol tablets are produced in Dungarvan each year – that’s 150 Panadol tablets a second! – and exported to over 70 countries worldwide. 50 Million NiQuitin patches are also produced in Dungarvan annually and exported around the world.

The Cork operation produces the active ingredients for a range of GSK products used to treat depression, diabetes, congestive heart failure, HIV, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis while the Sligo facility – Stiefel a GSK company - produces 30 million skin healthcare products annually including Oilatum and Physiogel. All of these high quality products are distributed through GSK’s global network.

The Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Healthcare Businesses, based in Dublin, provide a range of medicines, vaccines and consumer products to Irish people. In fact, one GSK vaccine is administered in Ireland every minute.

Last year, GSK invested €30million in R&D in Ireland, which has contributed significantly to the company’s global success in scientific innovation.