The Seaview Project has emerged as one of the eight winners of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards. 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 Seaview Project improves the quality of life for homeless and insecurely housed people, and works in one of the most deprived areas in England. The charity reports that 75 per cent of its clients have issues with addictions and almost half have a diagnosed mental health problem. Despite having an income of only £500,000 last year, it supported almost 1,400 people.

It has the only open-access wellbeing centre focussed on both homelessness and mental health located in St Leonards-on-Sea. In the wellbeing centre, people can have warm food and hot drinks, shower, wash their clothes and access primary care and mental health services. They can engage in healthy activities: using the gym, running, football, gardening, arts and choir. The charity also works with people to improve their confidence and ability to use technology, while its outreach teams encourage rough sleepers and street drinkers to visit the centre.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are open to three or more year old charities working in health and wellbeing, with an annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million. The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the award’s winning criteria: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need.

Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund – working with the IMPACT award – said “The Seaview Project does hugely valuable work in supporting its local community and combating health inequalities…In particular, the judges were impressed by how the Seaview Project has a big reach despite being relatively small. It shows an organisation making the best use of its resources and making a real difference to people’s lives. It is a worthy winner of the award.”

Developing charity sector leaders is an important aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme, which has now been running for more than twenty years. The Seaview Project 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 almost eighty award-winning health and wellbeing charities working together to develop themselves and their communities.

For more information on The Seaview Project, The GSK IMPACT Awards and The King’s Fund, visit their websites. Seaview – Practical Services for Complex Lives is located in the Southwater Centre, Hatherley Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN37 6LB.

 

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