GSK Impact Award Win

Charity wins award for keeping Cambuslang and Rutherglen  ‘healthy n happy’

Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust has beaten more than 400 organisations from all over the UK to be one of the 10 winners of the 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards, a national award that recognises excellence in charities improving health and wellbeing in their communities. The charity will receive £30,000 in funding as part of its prize, as well as expert support and development from The King’s Fund.

The charity covers Cambuslang and Rutherglen – towns with a proud history but now affected by high levels of poverty and prevalence of long-term health conditions. Healthy n Happy, which is governed by local people and steered by their needs and priorities, runs services to increase confidence and self-esteem, to boost skills and relationships, and to raise awareness of health issues and healthy living.

These include community radio station CamGlen Radio, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the Bike Town initiative, which promotes cycling and has campaigned successfully for improved cycle infrastructure.

From parent cafes where parents support each other, to DJs on CamGlen Radio, volunteers are key to Healthy n Happy’s strategy. The charity has 245 volunteers, helping it to engage with more than 7,000 people last year, and its volunteers cover many different areas and skill types.

Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund, said: ‘Healthy n Happy brings people together and supports them in taking control of their own health and wellbeing. Working in a community facing significant health challenges, it’s a dynamic and effective force for positive change.

‘The judging panel was impressed by the charity’s support for volunteers and how its work is so clearly shaped by local needs. Healthy n Happy is an inspiring example of a charity working closely with the community it serves and is a worthy winner of a GSK IMPACT Award.’  

Brendan Rooney, Executive Director of Healthy n Happy, said: ‘We are delighted to have won this award. It is so pleasing to see the hard work and efforts of our volunteers and staff recognised by GSK and The King’s Fund. We’re determined to see Cambuslang and Rutherglen become the healthiest and happiest places to live in Scotland and this award is another important step in achieving that ambition.’

Developing leaders in the charity sector is an important aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme, which has now been running for 20 years, and Healthy n Happy will have access to training and leadership development tailored to its needs. It will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a national network of more than 70 award-winning health and wellbeing charities working together to develop their leaders, find new ways of working, and support others.

Healthy n Happy will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 18 May, along with nine other GSK IMPACT Award winners. 

GSK IMPACT Awards

The GSK IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health care charities. An introductory video can be viewed at www.uk.gsk.com/gskimpactawards

The awards are open to charities working in health and wellbeing with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million that are at least three years old. 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. For more information visit www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and health care companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com

 The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. For further information visit www.kingsfund.org.uk