Small charities making a big IMPACT to Irish health: Five winners announced of GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2016

Five winning community-based charities each awarded €10,000 and attend inaugural screening of their winning films at award ceremony in Dublin Castle

Awards focused on recognising and celebrating small Irish community-based health charities

Nurture, Traveller Counselling Service, Dyslexia Association of Ireland, Sensational Kids, and Anam Cara have all been announced as the winners of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2016, during a ceremony at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle. The five award winning charities were each awarded €10,000 in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities also received €2,000 each. In addition, the winning charities received a video and photography package to promote their charities and services.

The awards, in their second year in Ireland, are designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing, as well as acknowledge the positive outcomes these charities have on their users and local communities. This year’s winners represent an inspirational mix of healthcare heroes making a real difference to the lives of their communities right across Ireland.  The IMPACT awards are judged across a number of criteria including innovation, management and partnership which looks to reward how the charities are run and what they are actually achieving: This year’s winners demonstrated excellence across the criteria during the fiercely competitive application process.

The five winning charities of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2016 are:

  • Nurture – a nationwide charity which provides professional counselling and supports surrounding pregnancy and childbirth and maternal mental health illnesses to women, partners and their families.
  • Sensational Kids – a Kildare based charity that provides family centred therapy and educational services for children of all abilities in a state of the art occupational therapy centre.
  • Anam Cara – a nationwide charity which provides support services to bereaved parents and families.
  • Dyslexia Association of Ireland – a nationwide organisation which works with and for people affected by dyslexia, by providing information, offering appropriate support services, engaging in advocacy and raising awareness of dyslexia.
  • Traveller Counselling Service – an independent, culturally appropriate counselling service for Travellers in the Greater Dublin Area

Roger Connor, President, Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) at GSK said:  “GSK is extremely proud to support these healthcare charities, very often unsung heroes, who are contributing so much to health in their communities. To really make an impact, charities need purpose with passion coupled with strong management and governance, which can be very challenging, particularly with tight resources. This year’s winners show this is possible and we have been impressed, inspired and moved by our winners and the huge contribution they are making to Irish health”.

Five runners-up were:

  • Amen Support Services – a nationwide voluntary group providing a confidential helpline, support service, and information for male victims of domestic abuse.
  • Cork Mental Health Foundation – promotes positive mental health within the community and provides social housing to those who have experienced mental health difficulties.
  • Smashing Times Theatre Company – a professional theatre company that has designed an arts based approach to positive mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
  • HIV Ireland – a nationwide charity which works to improve conditions for people living with HIV and AIDS, their families and their caregivers, while actively promoting HIV and sexual health awareness in the general population.
  • Move4Parkinson's – a non-profit organisation whose aim is to help people with Parkinson's achieve a better quality of life through education and empowerment.

CEO of The Wheel, Deirdre Garvey and judging panel member commented: “Community-based healthcare charities are uniquely positioned to help communities experiencing disadvantage and poor health outcomes identify the issues that influence their well-being and to develop and implement solutions. The GSK IMPACT Awards provide much-needed support and recognition for these organisations”.

The Impact Awards 2016 were judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which included: Judging chair, Roger Connor, GSK, Aidan Lynch, VP GSK Pharma, Joe Power, VP and Site Director Cork, Claire Taaffe, Communications Director, GSK; Katie Pinnock, Director UK and Ireland Charity Partnerships.; Barry Andrews, CEO Goal, Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel, Sunday Independent Business Editor, Samantha McCaughren and Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown.

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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.

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.