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UK charitable partnerships

We have a number of partnerships with charities and groups in the UK to support local community projects. Find out more about some of these below.

The GSK IMPACT Awards have been running since 1997 and are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.

  • £7.2 million

    We have donated over £7.2million to nearly 500 community healthcare charities throughout the UK.

The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, have been rewarding community-based health and wellbeing charities for the past 25 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 £120,000 to £3 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.

The benefits of winning a GSK IMPACT Award

  • The winners receive £40,000 in unrestricted funding, with an overall winner receiving an extra £10,000.
  • The runners up receive 4,000.
  • Award winners are offered two places on a training and development programme valued at £9,500. 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.

To apply for the GSK IMPACT Awards, please click here.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GSK IMPACT Awards, the GSK Grow programme has been launched. This new programme will fund charities who support the least privileged and diverse communities in the UK. ​Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200 with up to five runner up charities receiving £1,000.

The GSK Grow programme is open to charities with an annual income of between £20,000 and £120,000 and that are at least one year old. 

To learn more about the new GSK Grow programme and apply, please click here (www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards )  

GSK and The King’s Fund actively encourage organisations to apply who are led by and support people from underrepresented backgrounds, people from ethnic minority communities, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge as we recognise that diversity makes us stronger.

GSK IMPACT Awards 2021

Over 350 charities nationwide applied for GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme in 2021.

The winners, recognised for their outstanding contribution to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing, are:

  • Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum - advancing education, relieving sickness, assisting vulnerable people and the aged to promote the preservation and protection of health.
  • Healthworks - supporting and enabling local communities across the Northeast of England to improve health, wellbeing and life outcomes.
  • Hounslow Youth Counselling Service - offering free, confidential counselling services to young people in the borough of Hounslow.
  • MumsAid Maternal Mental Health Support – 2021 GSK IMPACT Overall Winner – providing life-changing specialist perinatal counselling and therapeutic care to pregnant women and new mums struggling with their mental health.
  • NEXUS NI - changing lives affected by sexual trauma.
  • Redthread - supporting young people by integrating trauma-informed youth work into the health sector.
  • SARSAS - supporting anyone affected by sexual violence to heal and recover. Campaigning so that no-one is left unheard.
  • Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association - the go to service for anyone affected by eating disorders in Somerset & Wessex.
  • Streetwise Young People's Project - making a positive difference in young people’s Lives by providing access to free, confidential mental health and emotional wellbeing services.
  • The Wish Centre – a specialist domestic abuse charity supporting individuals and families to live a life free from abuse.  

The runners-up are: Allsorts Youth Project, Croydon Vision, Every-One (Cares), Hampton Trust, Health and Wellness Hub, Penley Rainbow Centre, Positive East, Savera UK, West Wales Domestic Abuse Service, Women's Work.

GSK IMPACT Awards 2020

Congratulations to the Overall Winners of the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards: Maundy Relief Trust and Playlist for Life. Maundy Relief provide an immediate and sustained response to poverty and need across Lancashire; and Playlist for Life connect people through personal music across the UK, helping dementia patients across the UK.

Over 400 charities nationwide applied for GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme in 2020. The winners, recognised for their outstanding contribution to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing, are:

  • Auditory Verbal UK - providing a family programme for young deaf children to learn to listen and talk and get an equal start at school.
  • Empire Fighting Chance - fighting the impact of deprivation on the lives of young people through non-contact boxing.
  • Headway East London - supporting people affected by brain injury.
  • Maundy Relief Trust - an immediate and sustained response to poverty and need.
  • New Pathways - providing specialist support for anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives.
  • Playlist for Life - connecting people through personal music.
  • Shantona Women and Family Centre – inspiring and empowering BAME women and their families to be confident, independent and resilient.
  • Trevi House - providing safe and nurturing spaces where women and children can heal, grow and thrive.
  • Vision Care for Homeless People – providing free eye tests and glasses to homeless people from eight city centre clinics.
  • Yellow Door - preventing & responding to domestic & sexual abuse.

The runners-up are: Bluebell Care Trust, Brunswick Centre, Manchester Action on Street Health, New Life Counselling, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum, Open Age, Positively UK, Re-Solv, Roar Connections for Life, Solace Surviving Exile and Persecution.

GSK IMPACT Awards 2019

Congratulations to the Overall Winner of the 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards: Suffolk Family Carers - supporting unpaid carers of all ages across Suffolk and helping carers of all ages across Suffolk get the support they need to live fuller lives.

Over 370 charities nationwide applied for GSK’s flagship UK community investment programme in 2019. The ten winners, recognised for their outstanding contribution to improving the UK’s health and wellbeing, are:

  • The Children’s Sleep Charity is dedicated to supporting children and young people with sleep issues in England and Wales.
  • East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service supports people in East Surrey who are at risk or experiencing domestic abuse and coercion.
  • Grassroots Suicide Prevention aims to prevent suicide and reduce the stigma associated with it.
  • Healthy Minds is a user-led service promoting positive mental health and recovery in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.
  • Off the Record Youth Counselling Croydon offers free, independent and professional counselling for young people in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton and Merton.
  • Positive Life is Northern Ireland’s only dedicated HIV charity and provides a wide range of services to those living with and affected by HIV.
  • Rape Crisis South London helps women and girls in South London who have suffered from any form of sexual violence, however recently or long ago.
  • Refugee and Migrant Centre Black Country and Birmingham supports migrants and refugees through crisis and disadvantage, offering advice and assistance.
  • Suffolk Family Carers supports unpaid carers of all ages across Suffolk.
  • Support in Mind Scotland aims to improve the quality of life for people whose mental health has a serious impact on their life, particularly those living in rural areas.

The runners-up are: Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre, The Brandon Centre, Dementia Forward, East Belfast Community Counselling Centre, LD North East, Moira Anderson Foundation, Orchid Cancer Appeal, Recovery Cymru Community, Womankind Bristol.

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: Addiction NI, Age UK East London, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, Centre 33, Paul Sartori Foundation Limited, The Food Train Limited.

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.

Our partnerships

At GSK, we are committed to improving, and promoting, health and wellbeing across the UK. Learn more about each of our partnerships and the exceptional work they do within their communities.