10 charities have won 2013 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards for their outstanding contributions to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing, GSK and The King’s Fund announced last night at the awards ceremony held at the Science Museum.
GSK’s prestigious accolade, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, awards at least £30,000 to each organisation, and training to be able to take their organisations to the next level. A further £10,000 will be awarded to the overall winner, announced at the awards ceremony itself for the first time.
This year’s winners cover a wide range of specialisms and represent all areas of the UK. These include one successfully targeting the mental health needs of young people involved in gangs and highly antisocial behaviour; supporting women with mental health issues with a holistic approach including their wider socio-economic needs; and one supporting people with Huntington’s Disease, an incurable progressive hereditary disease.
The GSK IMPACT Awards, GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme, recognises the crucial role charities play in dealing with some of the most difficult health issues, while promoting innovation and good practice across the sector.
East Lancashire Women’s Centres were crowned as this year’s overall winner. Originally set up to increase access to health care, the centres provide a wide range of services designed to support, encourage and enable women and provide them with emotional and practical help. Counselling, training and personal development are high on the agenda; tackling depression, increasing skills and confidence, and offering support and guidance to women who are struggling with work and career issues.