Northern Irish charity wins national award for supporting the bereaved and traumatised

18th March 2015

Over 15 years since the Good Friday Agreement, the impact of the ‘Troubles’ is still felt across Northern Ireland. In excess of 3,800 people died, leaving behind bereaved families, and between 40,000 and 100,000 people were injured. Estimates suggest that almost two thirds of the adult population have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their life and half of these people developed a mental health disorder. 

WAVE promotes respect for life and cross-community understanding, encouraging non-violent resolutions for differences. The services WAVE provide include: counselling and psychotherapy; outreach support; welfare advice; trauma training; complementary therapy; youth services, and a Truth, Justice and Acknowledgement service that provides advocacy and casework support.

The GSK IMPACT Awards,run in partnership with The King’s Fund, are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health and wellbeing charities. In addition to the recognition and funding, WAVE will receive access to training and development worth an estimated £6,000. It will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The Network supports more than 60 award-winning charities with the opportunity to develop their leaders, share and learn from each other’s experiences and expertise, and build the recognition of their contribution to their communities.

WAVE will receive its prize at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 14th May,along with the other nine winners. An overall winner, who will receive a further £10,000 in unrestricted funding, will be revealed on the night.

Katie Pinnock, Director,UK & Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK said:

‘Over the past 20 years,WAVE has grown from a small group of passionate women to a highly recognised major trauma centre operating across Northern Ireland. Its work for and on behalf of victims is to be applauded. It demonstrates sophistication in its approach and its achievements are impressive. This award is well deserved.’ 

Sandra Peake, Chief Executive Officer at WAVE, said:

‘‘This award could not have been won without the dedication and commitment of the staff and volunteers at WAVE and they will draw great strength and encouragement from this recognition by GSK. At a time when everyone in the voluntary sector is facing cutbacks, the additional £30,000 in unrestricted funding could not be timelier,enabling WAVE to reach out to more people. The need for trauma service provision is great and there have been significant increases in the numbers of people presenting for help particularly the number of men. We all owe GSK and The Kings Fund a great debt of gratitude for continuing to support and acknowledge charities doing important work in this way”.

A judging panel of health and charity experts who chose the winners included broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK, and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.


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WAVE is a grass roots, cross community,voluntary organisation formed in 1991 to support people bereaved of a spouse as a result of violence in Northern Ireland. It was expanded later to incorporate the needs of children and young people and anyone injured or traumatised through ‘the Troubles’.For more information please visit 


The GSK IMPACT Awards,in partnership with The King’s Fund are designed to recognise the outstanding work of community-based health and wellbeing charities. The awards are open to charities working in health and wellbeing with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million that are at least three years old. 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 please visit:

£340,000 in unrestricted prize money will be awarded to charities through the GSK IMPACT Awards this year in the UK. There are ten GSK IMPACT Award winners who each receive £30,000, and ten runner up organisations who each receive £3,000. An overall winner will be awarded an additional £10,000 at the award ceremony at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 14th May 2015.

Since the awards began in 1997, nearly 400 health and wellbeing charities have received a GSK IMPACT Award and funding totalling over £5 million. 

The 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards will be open for applications on 1st July 2015. For further information, please visit:

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