Project 6

Impact Award Winners 2011

Impact Award Winners 2011

Airedale Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Agency - Project 6 was awarded £25,000 in March 2011 in recognition of the outstanding services it provides to reduce harm caused by alcohol and drug misuse. The charity beat over 400 organisations from around the UK to become one of ten winners of this year’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with health think-tank The King’s Fund.

Set up by a group of parents, the Agency, which is also known as Project 6, outshone other entrants on the strength of its innovative approach. Its projects include a Maternity and Family Service working with pregnant drug users and their partners so their babies can be born addiction free and do not have be taken into care; and a successful initiative working with the Asian community, where substance misuse issues remain hidden due to the shame it brings among families. It also operates an alcohol intervention service based in six GP practices.

The awards - GSK’s flagship UK corporate social responsibility programme - highlight the crucial role played by the voluntary sector in meeting health needs among deprived and vulnerable communities, often bridging gaps other services are unable to fill. With NHS and local authority budgets under pressure, the awards provide a vital source of funding for the winners and play a key role in promoting innovation and good practice across the sector.

Lisa Weaks, Third Sector Programme Manager at The King’s Fund, said:

‘Project 6 thoroughly deserves an IMPACT Award. Its family integration service is unique in helping families blighted by substance misuse stay together and break the cycle of problems between generations. It has also achieved a huge amount in the Asian community, where national success rates in tackling substance misuse have been poor. This is a prime example of an organisation expanding its services in response to the needs of the community and working effectively with primary healthcare providers to do so.'

Mike Cadger, Director of Project 6, said:

‘We are delighted to have won an IMPACT Award this year. We believe it validates the innovative partnership approach we have adopted over the last few years.

Our aim has been to develop holistic, integrated service provision to meet the particular needs of our vulnerable service users. The award represents important recognition that the work of the organisation is respected and valued.

We are especially pleased to have the opportunity to use the award to further develop the skills of our team whilst, simultaneously broadening the scope of our interventions to benefit the people of Airedale.’

As well as receiving £25,000, Project 6 attended a five-day development programme hosted by The King’s Fund, which provides training, development and networking opportunities. The programme aims to equip participating organisations with the skills to consolidate and extend their successful work. Feedback from previous winners has shown that this opportunity is as important as the award money.

Supporting information:

  • In 2009, Yorkshire and Humberside were one of two regions reported to have the highest prevalence of drug poisoning hospital admissions
  • Project 6 works with individuals who have decided to make a change to their lifestyle;
  • Project 6 works in collaboration with the local NHS clinical service and specialist midwifery service on the Maternity and Families Project to ensure that mothers get a continuum of care - ante and post natal;
  • Last year, over 1500 individuals benefited from Project 6's services;
  • 471 individuals registered for the needle exchange service, 18% of whom were from the BME community;
  • At the time of broadening its work to include alcohol misuse support, there were no other alcohol services in Keighley other than a specialist team who only worked with those who were accessing mental health services.

One overall winner - was announced at a ceremony in London on 12 May and that was Step Forward a project working with young people in Tower Hamlets in London.The aim of Step Forward is to improve the quality of the lives of young people aged 11-25 in Tower Hamlets and the surrounding areas. You can find out more about their great work on their website http://www.stepforward-web.org/

You can watch Project 6's winners film here http://bit.ly/wuz2V8 and all the other films are on the Kingsfund website http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/current_projects/gsk_impact_awards/#2011winners

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