Lancashire based charity Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living has been awarded £46,835 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for an 18 month project which aims to help lift more than 3,500 people out of fuel poverty.

The aim of the organisation’s Bill Busters project is to enable fuel poor, vulnerable households to live in affordably warm, dry and comfortable homes, whilst in control of their fuel use and their fuel costs.

The project employs one full time energy efficiency advisor who is responsible for recruiting and managing eight volunteer community energy champions and managing the affordable warmth project

Local residents can access help and advice in relation to their energy usage and bills through one to one energy advice surgeries either in Bangor Street community centre or through household visits which offer tailored advice if required. 

Presentations will take place throughout the community to established groups such as parent and toddler along with community roadshows to provide information on keeping homes affordably warm. 

In addition to these presentations, workshops will also take place in community venues and information stands will also be set up in local schools at parent evenings.
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 Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living and fund its Bill Busters 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 organisations such as this.

“Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living already makes a difference to the lives of many people by tackling the health, social and economic inequalities in some of the most deprived areas of the county.

“We’re delighted that with the help of our funding the organisation will be able to target and develop some of its assistance towards helping to alleviate fuel poverty.”

Abdul Mulla, Chief Officer at Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding.

"Our organisation exists to ensure that local people have access to, and are involved in the design and delivery of services that improve their health and well-being.  Funding the ScottishPower Energy People Trust had provided will enable us to work more closely with local people and help to create affordable warmth for all which in turn benefits the health and wellbeing of local residents.”

Thursday, September 06, 2012