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Threads, Barnardo’s community based service which works with young people in Renfrewshire by providing advice on housing and family support, has secured substantial funding to help alleviate fuel poverty in the area.

The registered charity has been awarded £50,000 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its Energy Action project which aims to help create affordable warmth for 400 young people and young parents in Renfrewshire.

The two year Energy Action project will employ a full time advisor to introduce a new service enabling young people to take control of their own lives.  A trained energy efficiency advisor will provide specialist advice and assistance to help young people and families manage their money and budget effectively.  Specialist information will be available to guide them towards energy efficiency and provide crisis funding for families who need emergency energy support or advice.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said:

“We’re very pleased to support Barnardo’s Threads project and fund its Energy Action project. People struggle with fuel poverty when more than 10% of their income is spent on energy usage and we work to alleviate this through grassroots charities and projects.

“Barnardo’s already makes a huge difference to the lives of young people across the country and we’re delighted that with the help of our funding, the charity will be able to further target and develop some of this assistance towards alleviating fuel poverty for young people in the Renfrewshire area.”

Lynne O’Brien, Paisley Threads Service Manager, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding.  It will enable us to make a difference to young people and young families across Renfrewshire.  Our project will help to access extra income from unclaimed benefits they are entitled to, alleviating fuel poverty and supporting independent living.

“Young people from across Renfrewshire can visit our Threads project for help and advice at 4 Lochfield Road to access a range of advice, information and services, or call us on 0141 884 6696 for further information.”

Thursday, September 27, 2012