Healthcare heroes that are making an IMPACT – 2017 shortlist revealed for annual GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards

  • Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each, with five runner-up charities to receive €2,000 each
  • Awards designed to champion and reward the unsung heroes among small Irish healthcare charities

Ten charities across Ireland have been shortlisted for the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward small to medium community-based charities nationwide doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing while also making a real difference to local communities.

The shortlisted charities are:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited
  • Alcohol Forum
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland
  • Downs Syndrome Centre
  • Irish Men’s Shed Association
  • Sexual Health Centre
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland
  • Turn2Me
  • Wexford Mental Health Association

*More details on each charity are listed below

This is the third year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards and is an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT Awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for over 20 years.

Up to five winning Irish charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities will receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities will also receive a video and photography package to use in promoting their work and services.

Charities are required to undertake a lengthy and strict entry process for the awards, which includes a review and presentation of their financials, governance, services and membership growth over the previous twelve months allowing judges to understand the worthy service and care they provide along with their commitment to transparency, patient focus, integrity and respect – all values that mirror GSK’s culture.

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals which includes Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of the Wheel.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 and the highly anticipated event is an excellent opportunity for each charity to raise awareness of their worthwhile work and services.

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK said: “I’d like to congratulate all the wonderful charities who have made the final shortlist in this year’s GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards. We received 100 entries this year which made it very difficult to whittle it down to the final 10.  

Healthcare charities tackle some of society’s most difficult, often overlooked challenges. GSK wants to champion these charities, so many of whom are at the heart of Irish health and wellbeing, and support them in continuing their great work. Previous GSK Ireland IMPACT Award 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’re looking forward to announcing this year’s winners and getting to know each of the shortlisted charities.”

The Irish healthcare charities on the GSK IMPACT Awards 2017 shortlist are:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited – The national Irish Charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S
  • Alcohol Forum – The only alcohol charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol.
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company – Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland – Provide information and support to people diagnosed with coeliac disease throughout Ireland. They create awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and how to live healthy on a gluten-free diet.
  • Down Syndrome Centre – The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.
  • Irish Men’s Shed Association – The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.
  • Sexual Health Centre – Based in Cork, The Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland – Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only support and service agency in Ireland for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families. Providing person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.
  • Turn2Me – A website that helps people to get help. The site lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.
  • Wexford Mental Health Association – Wexford Mental Health Association promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and supports existing mental health services in County Wexford.


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