Do You Know A Small Healthcare Charity Making An IMPACT In Their Community?
The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards have just launched, and a deserving charity you know could receive €10,000.
Designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland, nominations for the third year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT awards is now open. There are thousands of “unsung healthcare heroes” all over Ireland: charities at the heart of Irish communities who are making a huge difference on the ground who deserve to be recognised.
Last year, our very own Maternal Mental Health Expert, Irene Lowry of Nurture, was one of the deserving winners. Irene said: “Winning the GSK IMPACT Award for Nurture was of huge benefit, helping us to create a greater social impact of our work in Ireland.
Because the GSK funds are unrestricted it meant that we could employ a skilled professional one day per week to work on expansion of our support services. Since winning the GSK award we have successfully expanded our support services to Cork, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. By doing so, we have provided critical supports to over 55 women that we would not have been in a position to do without winning this prestigious award.”
Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding through the awards, 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. The awards are designed to evaluate how the charities operate, as well as what they do, examining areas such as management, innovation and partnership as judging criteria.
Claire Taaffe, Communications Director for GSK, says: “Irish healthcare charities are on the ground tackling some of society’s most difficult health challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, many of whom are at the heart of Irish community health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing their great work. Previous IMPACT winners show that it is possible to run a small charity well while making a huge impact in communities. Last year we found 10 truly inspirational charities and we are so proud to have helped them continue and expand their support. We are on the hunt for this year’s winners and hope that small healthcare charities around the country enter and apply”.
Last year, the five winning charities of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards were Nurture, Sensational Kids, Anam Cara, Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Traveller Counselling Service.
The five runners-up were Amen Support Services, Cork Mental Health Foundation, Smashing Times Theatre Company, HIV Ireland and Move4Parkinson's.
Organisations interested in applying 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
- Able to point to a track record of achievement in community health issues
The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday, 5th May 2017.
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