Age UK South Lakeland wins GSK IMPACT award - 19/04/2016
Age UK South Lakeland has won a GSK IMPACT Award, a national award run in partnership with The King’s Fund that recognises excellence in charities improving health and wellbeing in their communities. Age UK South Lakeland, which helps older people retain their independence and exercise choice in their lives, beat more than 400 organisations to win the accolade and £30,000 in unrestricted funding.

As well as the many services it provides, the judges were particularly impressed with the charity’s Compass Assessment Tool, a unique and innovative initiative that identifies the important issues that may put an older person at risk of going into crisis. Based on a guided interview, data iscollected on five key domains and individual reports are produced to inform the older person’s support package. The charity then provides intensive and holistic support for between 12 and 16 weeks, assisted by one of its 300 volunteers, and achieves good outcomes.
As well as providing its own services, Age UK South Lakeland works closely with other charities and public sector bodies to share information and to ensure that local services complement one another. It also supports local services directly, providing services based in GP surgeries that help older people manage their health and reduce pressures on primary care.

Developing leaders in the charity sector is an important aim of the awards and, as an award winner, Age UK South Lakeland will have access to training and leadership development tailored to its needs. It is also invited to join the increasingly prestigious GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a national network of 66 award-winning charities working together to develop their leaders, find new ways of working and collaborate and support others.

Age UK South Lakeland will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 12 May, along with nine other winners. An overall winner, which will receive a further £10,000, will be revealed on the night.
Katie Pinnock, Director, UK & Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:
‘Age UK South Lakeland is an impressive organisation, with a clear understanding of the needs of the older people in its community. The Compass Assessment Tool ensures that its services are targeted at providing the most effective support. This is a well-deserved accolade for the charity, which has continued to demonstrate the effectiveness of its work.’

Penny Pullinger, Chief Officer of Age UK South Lakeland, said:
‘We are delighted to have received a GSK IMPACT Award for our Compass programme. We believe passionately that having an in-depth understanding of an older person’s needs and their risk of declining into crisis is critical to providing them with the holistic support they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. Compass provides that risk stratification and whole-person understanding. Now thanks to the recognition and support we’ve received from GSK and The King’s Fund, we will be able to invest further in our work to support older people in crisis across South Lakeland.’

The winners were selected by a judging panel of health and charity experts including Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of Big Lottery; Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive of MS Society; Philip Hampton, Chair of GSK; and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.
Contact namePenny Pullinger
OrganisationAge UK South Lakeland
Contact tel01539 728118
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