GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards

About the Awards

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards recognise and reward community-based charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland. This is the fourth year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, an expansion of the GSK IMPACT Awards in the UK and USA that have been running for over 20 years, focusing solely on health and wellbeing charities in Ireland.

The awards are open to registered charities that are working in a health-related field in Ireland and are at least three years old, with a total annual income between €20,000 and €1,000,000. 

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.

Applicants are evaluated using six criteria from which the name ‘IMPACT’ derives: 
Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting need.

“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!”

Petal Pilley, Director at Blue Teapot Theatre Company

What does a winner receive?

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Award winners receive:

  • Up to €10,000 in unrestricted funding.
  • A bespoke film and photography package.
  • An important quality mark that winning organisations can use on their websites, email signatures and stationery.

If you have any questions, please email: or call our Dublin office on (01) 4955000 and ask to speak to a member of the GSK Ireland IMPACT team.

2018 GSK Ireland IMPACT Shortlisted Charities

We are delighted to announce the 2018 GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards shortlist:

  • As I Am

AsIAm is a ‘one stop shop’ for all matters autism. 

  • Children At Risk Ireland Foundation (CARI)

CARI provides a continuum of services for children who have been affected by child sexual abuse, their families/carers and their communities.  

  • Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team

Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) provides a 24/7/365 emergency (999/112) search, rescue and recovery service to all those who visit and live in the wilderness areas of the Dublin Mountains, Wicklow Mountains and Cooley Mountains in Co. Louth.

  • Galway University Hospital Arts Trust

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust offers a very comprehensive multi-disciplinary arts programme to benefit hospital patients, visitors and staff.  

  • Galway Autism Partnership

Galway Autism Partnership raises awareness of autism, offers information/advice/support to families, runs extra-curricular activities for children, organises family events and engages in some training, research and lobbying activities across Galway city and county. 

  • Irish Community Rapid Response

Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) is tasked by, and works alongside, the National Ambulance Service to provide swift pre-hospital emergency care in the case of road traffic accidents, heart attacks, strokes, babies ‘born in a hurry’, etc. It also engages in other work that prepares communities to deal with arising emergencies.

  • HIV Ireland

HIV Ireland works to prevent new HIV infections, improve conditions for people with HIV in Ireland, and combat HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

  • Ruhama

Ruhama is a Dublin-based organisation that works on a national level with women affected by prostitution and sexual trafficking.  

  • Vision Sports Ireland

Vision Sports Ireland is the National Governing Body for sport and leisure activities for vision impaired people in Ireland, with a goal of improving the health and wellbeing of those experiencing sight loss.  

  • Walkinstown Greenhills Resource Centre

Walkinstown Green Resource Centre (WGRC, which also stands for Working for Growth and Recovery in the ­Community) provide information, support and counselling for those affected by substance misuse and mental health difficulties.

2017 GSK Ireland IMPACT Award winners

After a record number of entries from across the country, we are delighted to announce the five winners and five runners-up of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017. The winners receive €10,000 in unrestricted funding while the runners-up receive €2,000. The awards programme recognises and rewards Ireland’s “unsung healthcare heroes” who make a real difference to health and wellbeing in their communities.

Our 2017 Winners

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 - 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.

Our 2017 Runners Up

Alcohol Forum- The only alcohol charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol.

Coeliac Society of Ireland - Provide information and support to people diagnosed with coeliac disease throughout Ireland. They create awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and how to live healthy on a gluten-free diet.

Spinal Injuries Ireland- Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only support and service agency in Ireland for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families. Providing person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.

Turn2Me - A website that helps people to get help. The site lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.

Wexford Mental Health Association - Wexford Mental Health Association promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and supports existing mental health services in County Wexford.            

Our Judging Panel

Chaired by Roger Connor, President GMS, the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 were judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which included Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel.The judging panel selected the five winners and the five runners up from the ten shortlisted charities.

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

If you have any questions, please email: or call our Dublin office on (01) 4955000 and ask to speak to a member of the GSK Ireland IMPACT team.