Age UK South Lakeland has beaten 400 other organisations to win a GSK Impact Award. The award has been given in recognition of the charities ongoing work in helping support older people with their exercise choices and maintaining their independence.
The charity also claimed the top prize of £30,000 in unrestricted funding; helping them to continue carrying out the sterling work they do in improving the overall health and well-being of the elderly community.
One particular aspect of the charity’s work was highlighted by The King’s Fund (who help to run the award). Age UK South Lakelands’s Compass Assessment Tool is an innovative way of identifying serious issues that can put older people at risk of going into crisis. It helps the charity to spot potential problems and offer support and help when it’s needed.
Penny Pullinger, Chief Officer of Age UK 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.”
The charity will be awarded its prize on May 12th at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London, along with nine other winners. An overall winner will be announced on the night of the awards and collect a further £10,000.