Tyneside Women’s Health, an Employing Organisation in the Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead programme, has beaten more than 400 organisations to be recognised for its dedication to improving women’s mental health.
Tyneside Women’s Health were 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.
Tyneside Women’s Health was established in 1985 to provide mental health support to women in a women-only environment. It runs a range of services for local women, including counselling, support groups, and creative and therapeutic activities.
Tyneside Women’s Health received its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 18 May, along with nine other GSK IMPACT Award winners.
Elaine Slater, Chief Executive of Tyneside Women’s Health, said:
‘We are delighted to have received a GSK IMPACT Award. For a relatively small, local charity this is a huge accolade for us and testament to the impact we have on the lives of the women we support and the wider communities we operate in.’
Tyneside Women’s Health are one of six Employing Organisations within the Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead programme, currently employing two Service Navigators.
Although a small organisation, Tyneside Women’s Health has a large reach in the local community and worked with more than 550 women last year. It runs two centres in Gateshead and Newcastle, and recently opened a café in its Newcastle centre to give women affected by mental health issues a route into paid work.
Katie Pinnock, Director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:
‘Tyneside Women’s Health is a great example of a small, dynamic charity providing valuable health and wellbeing services for the local community. Many women will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives and charities like Tyneside Women’s Health play an important role in helping to boost vulnerable women’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. ‘
Part of the award enabled Tyneside Women’s Health to work with Toucan Productions who have made a four minute film to showcase the work of the organisation. The film can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cycikLlVEyI