Men’s Shed and the Blue Teapot among the winners of the GSK IMPACT awards
Irish Men’s Shed and the Blue Teapot Theatre Company were among the five charities last night named as winners of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017.
The other winners, each of which will receive €10,000 in unrestricted funding, were 22Q11 Ireland Support Group, the Down Syndrome Centre, and the Sexual Health Centre in Cork.
The awards are designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland, as well as acknowledge the positive outcomes these charities have on patients and their local community.
Along with the prize money, each charity also received a video and photography package for their use in promoting their work and services.
Charities that apply for the awards are required to undertake a lengthy and strict entry process, which includes a review and presentation of their financials, governance, services and membership growth over the previous twelve months.
"Community-based healthcare charities are uniquely positioned to help communities experiencing disadvantage and poor health outcomes identify the issues that influence their well-being and to develop and implement solutions.
The GSK IMPACT Awards provide much-needed support and recognition for these organisations," Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel and judging panel member said.
A further five runner-up charities will each receive €2,000 each as part of the awards.