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Seaview project wins award

The Seaview Project, the Hastings and St Leonards charity that supports people who are homeless and those on the margins of society has won a prestigious national award for excellence.

The Seaview Project is the only winner in the South East and has beaten more than 350 organisations from all over the UK to be one of the eight winners of the 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards, a national award that recognises charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. 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% 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, including helping 370 people attend 2,900 health appointments.

It has the only open access wellbeing centre focussed on both homelessness and mental health, outside of Brighton and Hove within East Sussex. At the centre, people can have warm food and hot drinks, shower and wash their clothes, and access primary care and mental health services. They can also access healthy activities: use of 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 its centre.

PrintMaking a real difference to people’s lives

“The Seaview Project does hugely valuable work in supporting its local community and combating health inequalities,” said Lisa Weaks, Head of Third Sector at The King’s Fund. “Crucially, its work focuses on empowering people through improving confidence and increasing access to services.

“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.”

We are absolutely thrilled to be a GSK IMPACT award winner,” says Annie Whelan, Chief Officer of the Seaview Project. “It lets us know that what we have been doing to improve the health and mental health of a very excluded community in our little corner of the country has been recognised and has been measured as important.

“The awards are well recognised and understood in the sector and beyond, and it is such a boost to receive one. It will also allow us to network and grow, learn from other winners and develop our practice and approach further. We are really looking forward to the opportunity to develop and profile our work on a wider platform.”

National network of award-winning health and wellbeing charities

Developing leaders in the charity sector is an important aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme, which has now been running for more than 20 years, and 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 80 award-winning health and wellbeing charities working together to develop their leaders, find new ways of working, and support others.

The Seaview Project will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London in May, along with seven other GSK IMPACT Award winners.

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. For more information visit 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

GSK is a science-led global health care company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. It has three world-leading businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer health care products. Its goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best-performing and trusted health care companies. For further information please visit

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


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Posted 12:09 Monday, Mar 19, 2018 In: Home Ground

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