£30,000 Funding Helps Manchester Residents Become Energy Efficient

Adactus Housing Association, a local housing association working across Greater Manchester, has benefited from over £30,000 of funding for projects in the Cheetham Hill and Moss Side areas of Manchester, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was established in November last year to fund not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills and suffer from fuel poverty.

The Manchester Energy Advice Project aims to target 120 local households, by the end of May 2007, to give them advice on energy efficiency in their own homes, empowering local community groups to be able to disseminate this advice themselves and increase the number of residents accessing energy saving products and home improvements.

Adactus Housing Association forms part of the Adactus Housing Group and was formed in 2002. The Adactus Housing Group builds, renovates and manages affordable housing for rent and sale in areas across Greater Manchester and the North West.

As well as managing and building affordable housing, Adactus also develops regeneration initiatives and shared ownership schemes, provides supported housing and community projects and provides training and employment initiatives.

As a result of the funding from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, a full-time Energy Efficiency Advisor, Louise Whan, was employed in July, this year, to work on the Manchester Energy Advice Project. Since then, Louise has provided several households in the Cheetham and Moss Side areas with essential energy advice and is attending local community events in order to raise much needed awareness on the benefits of being energy efficient in the home.

Louise added: “The energy efficiency advice being provided is practical information on how to improve the energy efficiency of a home and reduce energy bills. It is forseen that this quality of advice will be long lasting and financially rewarding to all recipients.

 

Thursday, March 02, 2006