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Venus, a Bootle based women’s charity has today announced that hundreds of families across the local area are receiving extra support thanks to its energy advice project funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. So far the project has helped around 888 local women and children with advice on fuel and finances.

Venus strives to help ‘hard to reach’ women and children in Sefton’s most disadvantaged areas. The women it helps are often faced with multiple problems ranging from domestic abuse to mental ill health and many struggle to make ends meet. Through this initiative Venus aims to help empower women to take control of their finances and maximise their income.

The project started in April 2013 thanks to £49,476 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. As a result the charity has been able to help some of the area’s most vulnerable women with advice and practical knowledge on everything from applying for grants to being energy efficient in the home. The service has proven a huge benefit to women in Sefton and plans to help hundreds more over the next year.

Jo Hughes who works for the project said: “Thanks to the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and this project, I have learnt so much about how effective small changes have huge impacts on saving energy. At Venus we work with local women to help them try to reduce energy consumption, which will in turn help them reduce energy bills.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Venus is a real lifeline for vulnerable women in Sefton, helping them through a range of services and support systems. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialised financial and energy advice to those who are particularly in need in the community and we are delighted to continue to support this valuable project.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014