GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, have been rewarding community-based health and wellbeing charities for the past 21 years. By providing them with mentoring and funding, the organisations are supported to continue their outstanding work making a real difference to people’s lives.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme, which form a major part of our commitment to promote community health and wellbeing.

Awards are given annually; applications are made via The King’s Fund. The awards are open to charities with an annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million that are at least three years old.  Unlike other areas of GSK’s charitable support, these awards are unrestricted.

The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submissions: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need.

£6.2 million

Over 20 years, since 1997, we have donated over £6.2 million to almost 440 community healthcare charities throughout the UK.

The benefits of winning a GSK IMPACT Award

  • The winners receive £30,000 in unrestricted funding, with an overall winner receiving an extra £10,000.
  • The runners up receive £3,000.
  • Award winners are offered two places on a training and development programme valued at £6,000. In addition they are invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, which connects past GSK IMPACT Award winners – both online and at meetings which encourages members to carry on supporting each other and sharing best practice.
  • Promotional materials, including a short film about their work, are created for the winning organisations.
  • The GSK IMPACT Awards are presented at a high-profile ceremony in central London. 

Applications for the 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open.

Details on the awards and winners from previous years can be seen below, with links to their videos.

GSK IMPACT Awards 2018

Congratulations to the Overall Winner of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards: WILD Young Parents Project - providing young parents in Cornwall with opportunities to develop skills, improve self-confidence, make positive and healthy choices and achieve their potential.

Over 350 charities nationwide applied for GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme in 2018. The winners, recognised for their outstanding contribution to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing, are:

  • Birchwood Centre – Provides support and accommodation for vulnerable young people who are homeless or in housing need in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.
  • Birmingham LGBT – Provides a wide range of health and wellbeing activities for LGBT people in Birmingham.
  • Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange – Provides a voice for and improves the quality of life of the gypsy and traveller community in Leeds and surrounding areas.
  • Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) – Offers support to children and adults in Birmingham affected by sexual violence and abuse.
  • Seaview Project – Improves the quality of life for homeless people and insecurely housed people in Hastings and St Leonards, East Sussex.
  • Sickle Cell Society – Supports and represents people affected by sickle cell disorder to improve their quality of life.
  • Unseen – Supports survivors and vulnerable people who may have been victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • WILD Young Parents Project – Provides young parents in Cornwall with opportunities to develop skills, improve self-confidence, make positive and healthy choices and achieve their potential.

 The runners-up are:

GSK IMPACT Awards Judging Criteria

Working in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GSK IMPACT awards recognise and promote the work of voluntary organisations with a proven track record in the challenging and demanding area of community healthcare. Awards are made on an annual basis, applications are made directly to The King’s Fund and in contrast to all other areas of the company’s programme of charitable support, awards can be used for core funding.

Organisations applying for funding via the GSK IMPACT Awards will be measured using the following criteria:

Innovation - Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.

Management – Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; clear objectives and plans; measurement and monitoring of performance; 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; difference made.

Community Focus – Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.

Targeting need – Awareness of community issues and priorities; focus on people in need

GSK IMPACT Awards 2017

Congratulations to the Overall Winner of the 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards: PAC UK. PAC UK is a national charity focused on securing better outcomes for adopted children and all those affected by adoption and other forms of permanence.

Over 400 charities nationwide applied for GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme in 2017. The ten winners, recognised for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing, are:

  • Basis Yorkshire - supporting female sex workers in Leeds and young people being sexually exploited or at risk.
  • Carers Leeds - providing a range of services for unpaid carers who look after family, friends, or neighbours in Leeds.
  • Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre - offering support to women, men, and children that have experienced sexual or domestic abuse in Coventry.
  • First Steps - a charity for people with eating disorders in Derbyshire.
  • Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust - an organisation running a range of health development and promotion activities in South Lanarkshire.
  • PAC UK - supporting all those affected by adoption and permanence arrangements. 
  • Sahir House - an HIV support, information, and advice centre in Merseyside. 
  • Sight Cymru - supporting people in Wales who have lost or are losing their sight to live independently. 
  • Student Minds - helping university students look after their own mental health and support friends experiencing mental health difficulties. 
  • Tyneside Women’s Health - a charity running a range of services to help women in Tyneside improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

 The ten runners-up are:

GSK IMPACT Awards Judging Criteria

Working in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GSK IMPACT awards recognise and promote the work of voluntary organisations with a proven track record in the challenging and demanding area of community healthcare. Awards are made on an annual basis, applications are made directly to The King’s Fund and in contrast to all other areas of the company’s programme of charitable support, awards can be used for core funding.

Organisations applying for funding via the GSK IMPACT Awards will be measured using the following criteria:

Innovation - Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.

Management – Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; clear objectives and plans; measurement and monitoring of performance; 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; difference made.

Community Focus – Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.

Targeting need – Awareness of community issues and priorities; focus on people in need

GSK IMPACT Awards 2016

Congratulations to the Overall Winner of the 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards, Groundswell.

Groundswell is a Vauxhall-based charity enabling homeless people to take more control of their lives, have greater influence on statutory services and to play a fuller role in the community.

The ten winners of the 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards were recognised at an awards ceremony on Thursday 12 May at the Science Museum, London. 

Over 400 charities nationwide applied for GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme in 2016. The ten winners, recognised for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing, are:

  • Age UK South Lakeland – an organisation working with local older people to help retain independence and exercise real choice in their lives.
  • Body and Soul – a London-based national organisation promoting the respect, dignity and wellbeing of children, young people and adults with and affected by HIV.
  • Carers in Hertfordshire – a county-wide charity supporting carers with information, problem solving and support.
  • Children North East – a children’s charity aimed at transforming the lives of disadvantaged children.
  • Falkirk and District Association of Mental Health – an organisation promoting mental health recovery for adults.
  • Groundswell – a Vauxhall-based charity enabling homeless people to take more control of their lives, have greater influence on statutory services and to play a fuller role in the community.
  • London Friend – a charity working to improve the health and wellbeing of adult lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people through providing counselling, social support groups, drug and alcohol support, and training for health professionals.
  • Promoting a More Inclusive Society (PAMIS) – a Scottish charity based in Dundee – aiming to improve the lives of people with learning difficulties and their families
  • Seesaw – an Oxfordshire organisation responding to the needs of bereaved children and young people.
  • The Shakespeare Hospice – a Stratford-Upon-Avon-based charity providing  a range of services for patients and their families, including information, advice and physical, psychological and spiritual care.

The ten runners up are:

GSK IMPACT Awards Judging Criteria

Working in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GSK IMPACT awards recognise and promote the work of voluntary organisations with a proven track record in the challenging and demanding area of community healthcare. Awards are made on an annual basis, applications are made directly to The King’s Fund and in contrast to all other areas of the company’s programme of charitable support, awards can be used for core funding.

Organisations applying for funding via the GSK IMPACT Awards will be measured using the following criteria:

Innovation - Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.

Management – Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; clear objectives and plans; measurement and monitoring of performance; 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; difference made.

Community Focus – Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.

Targeting need – Awareness of community issues and priorities; focus on people in need

GSK IMPACT Awards 2015

Congratulations to the Overall Winner of the 2015 GSK IMPACT Awards, Restore.

Restore, an Oxfordshire-based charity helping people with mental health issues to recover and gain employment, is the overall winner for the 2015 GSK IMPACT Awards.

The ten winning organisations were recognised at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London. Watch a short film about the work of each winner by clicking on the links below.

From over 400 charities nationwide who applied for GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme in 2015, ten winners, recognised for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing were:

  • Alzheimer’s Support – a charity improving diagnosis and support for people with dementia in Wiltshire.
  • CoolTan Art – based in Southwark, it improves the lives of people in mental distress through creativity, self-advocacy and volunteer opportunities.
  • Cut Films Project/Deborah Hutton Campaign – based in Islington, it prevents smoking among young people through peer-to-peer education and campaigns.
  • Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust - based in Islington, it is the only cervical cancer charity in the UK and focuses activity on raising the profile and understanding of the disease and supporting women with the disease.
  • National Council for Palliative Care - a members’ organisation campaigning to help everyone approaching the end of life have the right to the highest quality care and support. 
  • Neuromuscular Centre – a Cheshire-based charity that provides physiotherapy, training and employment opportunities for those with degenerative neuromuscular conditions, as well as assistance for their carers. 
  • Off the Record – a Bristol-based charity helping young people improve their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Restore – an Oxford-based charitysupporting people with mental health problems to gain or maintain employment.
  • The Junction – this is the second award for this Leith-based charity, which helps children and young people make positive choices that promote their health and wellbeing and reduce harmful behaviour.
  • Wave Trauma Centre – a Belfast-based charity offering care and support to anyone bereaved, injured or traumatised through the violence in Northern Ireland.

The 10 runners up are:

The winners were selected by a judging panel of health and charity experts including broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK, and Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund. 

GSK IMPACT Awards Judging Criteria

Working in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GSK IMPACT awards recognise and promote the work of voluntary organisations with a proven track record in the challenging and demanding area of community healthcare. Awards are made on an annual basis, applications are made directly to The King’s Fund and in contrast to all other areas of the company’s programme of charitable support, awards can be used for core funding.

Organisations applying for funding via the GSK IMPACT Awards will be measured using the following criteria:

Innovation - Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.

Management – Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; clear objectives and plans; measurement and monitoring of performance; 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; difference made.

Community Focus – Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.

Targeting need – Awareness of community issues and priorities; focus on people in need