BIRMINGHAM RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM £46,000 INCOME BOOST
More than 230 families in one of the least privileged parts of Birmingham have saved an average of £200 each thanks to a 'hugely successful' community-based project.
The Keeping Homes Efficient initiative delivered by Sparkbrook-based charity the Ashiana Community Project (ACP) helped local residents in South-east Birmingham access free services and advice on fuel efficiency.
The project, first launched in 2015, offered one-to-one support to vulnerable families through community outreach programmes, specialised support groups and tailored workshops thanks to a £30,125 funding boost from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Service users had access to practical support, such as boiler repairs, through the advice centre and direct home visits. In total the charity helped more than 230 families increase their overall household income by £45,354.
Shabana Shaheen, Female Empowerment Worker at ACP Group, said: “Our aim here at ACP Group is to improve the quality of life for those living in Sparkbrook, by creating opportunities to improve their social, physical and economic wellbeing. This project has been hugely successful as it’s allowed us to recognise the vital role an energy advice programme can play in supporting families across Sparkbrook – we couldn’t have done it without the support of the Energy People Trust.”
Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green, said: “The ACP Group champions the community’s most vulnerable people. Funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has made a big impact, it has ensured Sparkbrook families are equipped with the support they need in terms of income maximisation and managing household finances to ultimately improve their day-to-day lives.”
Richard Taylor, Secretary of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: "It's fantastic to see the success of the Keeping Home Efficient project. The Energy People Trust is committed to supporting people in communities across the country and we work with some really inspirational projects to make this hapen. The project has proved to be a great success and we're very pleased to have played a part in supporting the team."
Wednesday, August 09, 2017