Do you know a small healthcare charity making an IMPACT in their community? GSK Ireland launches its 2017 IMPACT Awards

Call for entries for the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, which provides €60,000 to up to ten winning healthcare charities

GSK today launched its third 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: small charities at the heart of Irish communities who are making a huge difference on the ground and to Irish health that GSK are encouraging to enter.

This will be the third 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 20 years. Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding through the awards, while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities also receive a specially commissioned video and photography package to help them promote their charity. The awards are designed to evaluate how the charities operate, as well as what they do, examining areas such as management, innovation and partnership as judging criteria.

Claire Taaffe, Communications Director for GSK, says:

“Irish healthcare charities are on the ground tackling some of society’s most difficult health challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, many of whom are at the heart of Irish community health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing, and expanding, their great work. Previous IMPACT winners show that it is possible to run a small charity well while making a huge impact in communities. Last year we found 10 truly inspirational charities and we are so proud to have helped them continue and expand their services. We are now on the hunt for these year’s winners and want to encourage as many small healthcare charities around the country to enter and apply”.

Last year, the five winning charities of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards were Nurture, Sensational Kids, Anam Cara, Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Traveller Counselling Service.

The five runners-up were Amen Support Services, Cork Mental Health Foundation, Smashing Times Theatre Company, HIV Ireland and Move4Parkinson's.

Irene Lowry, CEO of Nurture, said:

“Winning the GSK IMPACT Award for Nurture was of huge benefit, helping us to create a greater social impact of our work in Ireland.

Because the GSK funds are unrestricted it meant that we could employ a skilled professional one day per week to work on expansion of our support services. Since winning the GSK award we have successfully expanded our support services to Cork, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. By doing so, we have provided critical supports to over 55 women that we would not have been in a position to do without winning this prestigious award.”

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

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday, 5th May 2017 and interested organisations can apply at: http://ie.gsk.com/ie/responsibility/health-for-all/gsk-ireland-impact-awards  

 

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.

 

About GSK in Ireland:

GSK, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, employs 1,800 people across four locations in Ireland – Dungarvan, Cork, Sligo and Dublin. GSK is committed to helping people around the world to do more, feel better and live longer. GSK is challenging the status quo of how a healthcare company can contribute to global health through improving access and innovation through both what and how we operate.

GSK in Dungarvan which produces a variety of ‘over-the-counter’ pharmacy and oral care products is the global home of Panadol:  Around 7.5 billion Panadol tablets are produced in Dungarvan each year – that’s 150 Panadol tablets a second - exporting to over 70 countries worldwide.

Our Cork site produces the active ingredients for a range of medicines for diseases such as childhood cancer, depression, diabetes, HIV, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis while our Sligo facility is dedicated to skincare producing around 30 million skin medicines and products every year including Oilatum and Physiogel exporting to over 65 countries.

Our Dublin headquarters are home to our Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Healthcare businesses. Our Pharma business is a leader in respiratory medicines and the largest provider of vaccines to the HSE in Ireland while the consumer healthcare is one of the leaders in both the pain and oral care markets owning famous brands such as Panadol, Voltorol, Sensodyne and Corsodyl.