GSK PULSE

GSK is one of our longest standing corporate partners. We’ve been working together for over 10 years, and our partnership helps offer the best support possible to people with disabilities around the world.

Life-changing skills-based volunteering experiences with GSK PULSE

GSK is one of our longest standing corporate partners. We’ve been working together for over 10 years, and our partnership has evolved over time to offer the best support possible to people with disabilities around the world.

In 2009, GSK launched its flagship PULSE volunteering programme, enabling their employees to volunteer for 3 to 6 months with their charity partners while GSK keeps subsidising their work. Since then, 33 employees have completed volunteering placements with Leonard Cheshire and Global Alliance partners in 9 different countries. GSK volunteers bring new skills and help improve the way we and our partners work.

They’ve enabled our partners to improve their processes, better manage their resources, fundraise more efficiently and strengthen their governance structure. These changes add value long after the end of a volunteer’s placement.

“GlaxoSmithKline employees are significant contributors to our international projects and low-capacity partners. On assignment they bring a unique perspective through a variety of professional experiences and a strong values base. In exchange, they gain new skills and a unique insight into the realities faced by persons with disabilities which they take back to their organisation”. Phil, International Partnership Manager


A partnership that benefits everyone

The PULSE programme has three objectives: change communities, change employees, change GSK. The programme gives the volunteer the opportunity to live in another country, to discover a new working environment and to see first-hand the impact that their work can have on people with disabilities.

 “The new relationships and experiences have also been immensely life changing. I have delightfully discovered hidden talents, broadened my knowledge, gained valuable skills and appreciation for the valuable work done by Leonard Cheshire in the development sector.”

 The new relationships and experiences have also been immensely life changing. I have delightfully discovered hidden talents, broadened my knowledge, gained valuable skills and appreciation for the valuable work done by Leonard Cheshire in the development sector.

Gerald, GSK volunteer in India.

The volunteers come back to GSK with new, innovative ideas. Working in an international environment with limited resources challenges their behaviours. They learn to adapt to a new sector and to solve complex issues with limited time and support. Volunteers come back to GSK more resourceful and want to share this with their teams. On her return Patricia developed a training session on how to influence others, using examples from her assignment in Kenya.

“I brought back strengthened influence skills because during my assignment I had to influence many stakeholders to listen to my ideas about new possibilities. I’m now trying to help GSK people to enhance their influencing skills using my Pulse experience to illustrate the Influencing others' training that I'm delivering.” Patricia, GSK volunteer in Kenya.