GCVS Member, the Greater Easterhouse Alcohol Awareness Project (GEAAP) has won a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award for its outstanding contribution to improving health in East Glasgow. GSK and The King’s Fund made the announcement at an award ceremony held at London’s Science Museum on Thursday the 16th of May.
GEAAP provides a wide variety of services in the North East of Glasgow including prevention and education, one-to-one counselling, tenancy support, befriending, group work and it’s award winning alcohol awareness programme delivered in schools and via it’s website www.youngboozebusters.com. In 2011 an independent cost-benefit analysis demonstrated that from 2008-2011 for every £1 in public funding received, the project had returned a saving of £10.17 to the public purse.
The GSK IMPACT Awards, organised in partnership with The King’s Fund, is seen as a ‘seal of excellence’ in the sector.
Katie Pinnock, Director of UK Corporate Contributions at GSK, said:
‘GEAAP is a respected grass roots organisation with strong community focus and obvious service user involvement. It is responding to a real need in the local community and has found an innovative approach to meeting a very hard-to-manage health need. Their reach into schools with their Booze Buster programme is particularly impressive, engaging children giving them help to make informed decisions later in life. We congratulate them on winning their award.’
Stewart McKay GEAAP’s manager said:
‘For a small community based project in the East End of Glasgow to win such a prestigious, national award is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the dedication and hard work of all our staff and volunteers. This award will make a significant contribution to the future of GEAAP and our work with service users’.
A short 4 Min video produced for the awards can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQOcp4sYKWA