Search unveiled for healthcare charities making an IMPACT in their local community

GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards offers €60,000 in funding to up to 10 community-based healthcare charities

GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has unveiled the annual ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ which recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland.

The company, which employs 1,700 people across four locations in Ireland, is committed to enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer and the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ are a key element of this mission. This will be the fourth year of the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ and they are an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for 20 years.

The awards are open to registered charities that are working in a health-related field in Ireland and are at least three years old. Applicants are evaluated using six criteria from which the name ‘IMPACT’ is derived: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting needs.*

Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, 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 work.

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK, says: “There are thousands of “unsung healthcare heroes” all over the country that operate with purpose and passion to improve people’s health and wellbeing in their community and GSK wants to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve. Since establishing the initiative in Ireland, we have been truly inspired and moved by our wonderful winners and the huge contribution they are making to Irish health on a daily basis. We have every confidence that this year will be no different and we are really looking forward to reviewing the entries we receive.”

 

Last year, the five winning charities of the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ were:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited - The national Irish charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company - Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
  • Down Syndrome Centre - The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.
  • Irish Men's Shed Association - The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.
  • Sexual Health Centre - Based in Cork, the Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.

 

The five runners up were:

  • Alcohol Forum
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland
  • Turn2Me
  • Wexford Mental Health Association

 

Petal Pilley, Director at Blue Teapot Theatre Company, says:

“Entering the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards was in itself an opportunity to evaluate our achievements to date and the services we provide in championing the work of creative people with intellectual disabilities.

We would encourage others to enter this year or consider entering in the future. To be shortlisted, and therefore recognised for the impact of our work is a huge honour for everyone involved; from the actors, students, tutors, staff, directors, audiences and every single person that has played their part in getting Blue Teapot Theatre Company to the national stages and screens of Ireland and beyond. To quote William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: "I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks!”

You can read more about all of the 2017 winners here:

https://ie.gsk.com/ie/partnerships/gsk-ireland-impact-awards/#2017-gsk-ireland-impact-award-winners

 Organisations interested in applying for the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ 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
  • Be able to point to a track record of achievement in community health issues

The deadline for applications is 5pm Tuesday, 19th June 2018 and interested organisations can apply here: http://ie.gsk.com/ie/about-us/partnerships/gsk-ireland-impact-awards/