Support us case study - GlaxoSmithKline

The Glasgow Science Centre GlaxoSmithKline partnership began as an informal discussion between GSC’s Chair and a GSK employee at a rainswept dinner in February 2007.

Following another visit in 2007 by GSK’s Global Community Partnerships Manager, a proposal was submitted. Funding was agreed and BodyWorks On Tour, outreach aiming to reach 50,000 people across Scotland in four years, was underway by July 2008.

GSK team celebration

In nurseries

A group of people welcome a new van, branded with BodyWorks On Tour. This essential tool of the Glasgow Science Centre outreach programme was purchased with support from GlaxoSmithKline.

A young girl and a science communicator from Glasgow Science Centre listen to the sounds made by shaking 'sound prisms'.

In schools

Launch in Scottish Parliament 2009

A large group of primary schoolchildren putting their hands up to try and answer a question given by a science communicator from BodyWorks On Tour, a Glasgow Science Centre outreach programme.

A man wearing a headband tests his mental concentration using an interactive exhibit, together with a science communicator, from BodyWorks On Tour, an outreach programme from Glasgow Science Centre.

An Advisory group was set up to agree the content of the exhibits and programmes before a competitive tender took place to build 20 bespoke Health and Wellbeing exhibits. Complementary shows and workshops developed by GSC completed the programme and BodyWorks On Tour was on the road by Jan 2009.

  • Launched to schools and communities by HRH Princess Anne at Lorne Street Primary School in Feb 2009;
  • Parliamentary launch in March 2009 by Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Deputy First minister, and Cabinet Secretary for Health;
  • August 2010 won Assoc Scottish Businesswomens’ Award for Business Charity Partnership of the Year.

What we have achieved

In three years of activity by March 2012 more than 190,000 people had engaged with BodyWorks On Tour in their own school or community no matter how remote

Spin Off projects include:

  • Smoking cessation activities with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, over three days of BodyWorks activities in Glasgow shopping centres 15 people signed up and have continued in stopping smoking with the help of their pharmacist;
  • How Fit are you? a collaboration with the University of Glasgow engaged more than 1100 young people as both the subject and the researcher in gathering recent statistics on the fitness of scottish school pupils.

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