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Change Agents UK Secures More Than £73,000 Of Funding

Midlands based charity Change Agents UK has been awarded £73,816 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for a two year project which aims to help lift 1200 people out of fuel poverty.

The international sustainability and education charity will use the funding to help people in more than 500 households through its Energy Action initiative.  It is being run in close partnership with Melton Borough Council, Rutland County Council and partner agencies and will help people struggling with fuel poverty in the Melton and Rutland areas by employing an energy efficiency advisor and training community energy advisors.

The project will develop a programme of energy efficiency, advice and guidance to help reduce fuel poverty for the disadvantaged and vulnerable young people and young families in Melton Mowbray and Rutland, including rural communities

Working in partnership with a number of organisations including local authorities, First Contact, Age UK and Citizen's Advice Bureau, advice workers and volunteers will take a multi-layered approach to reducing fuel poverty by undertaking bill analysis and providing energy efficiency advice.

Change Agents UK’s energy advisor will provide practical advice on energy efficiency and will also be able to assist clients in finding other organisations in the area that can also be of support.

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 Change Agents UK and fund the 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 organisations.

“Change Agents UK already makes a difference to the lives of many people by empowering people to live and work in a way that makes a positive impact on the world around them.
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.”

Nick Goodman, Charity Leader at Change Agents UK, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding.  By working closely with the local authority and partner agencies it will enable us to reach many people in the area and target our volunteering help towards alleviating their fuel poverty.

“We will employ a full-time energy efficiency advisor with the funding which will allow householders to get the best possible information for their energy advice needs.  People in the local area who require advice on fuel poverty and energy assistance can contact Daniel Curry at Change Agents UK on 01572 723419 to be put in touch with an energy advisor to discuss their concerns and how to tackle them.

Established in November 2005, the Scottish Power Energy People Trust provides vital funding for registered charities 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.

Change Agents UK was established in 1996 as an international sustainability and education charity.  The organisation works with young people, graduates, businesses and communities motivated by sustainability to provide work experience, volunteering, training and experiential learning opportunities.

For further information on Change Agents UK, please visit www.changeagents.org.uk

Thursday, July 12, 2012