2018 GSK IMPACT Award winners

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

Eight charities from across the UK have won a prestigious national award for improving health and wellbeing in their communities.

The charities have each won a 2018 GSK IMPACT Award, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, and will receive £30,000 as part of the prize. The winners went through a rigorous assessment process, being judged on innovation, management, partnership, achievement, community focus, and targeting need. They beat more than 350 organisations to achieve the accolade.  

The eight winners of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards 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 the surrounding area
  • 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.

As well as the £30,000 in funding, winning charities are given access to free training and leadership development. They are also invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a national network of almost 80 award-winning health and wellbeing charities that connects previous winners and supports them to further develop their leaders. 

The eight winning charities will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 17 May 2018. An overall winner will be announced on the night and awarded an extra £10,000.  

Katie Pinnock, Director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:

‘The winners of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards cover a huge breadth of areas, both geographically and in terms of the issues they address, but what unites them is their commitment to excellence and their focus on improving the health and wellbeing of their communities.

‘We at GSK are proud to support these awards, as it is an opportunity to recognise and further help develop organisations that make a real difference on the ground to some of the most vulnerable people in society.’  

Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund, said:

‘This year’s awards were extremely competitive, which reflects the strength and depth within the charity sector. The judges were particularly impressed by the innovation the winning charities displayed in constantly looking for new ways to do even more for their beneficiaries.

‘We hope that winning this award will help further extend the reach and impact of these charities. As well as the financial support the award brings, the leadership support should mean they are even better placed to improve the health and wellbeing of the people they serve.’


2018 GSK IMPACT Award winners