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CHARITY CELEBRATES HELPING NEWCASTLE’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

National Energy Action helps city households thanks to £32,219 funding from ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Newcastle based charity, National Energy Action is celebrating helping Geordies become more energy efficient, by meeting with Trustees from the Energy People Trust, who invested significant funding into the innovative project.

In October 2013, thanks to £32,219 funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, NEA was able to kick-start its ‘Sure Start to a Warm Home’ project. Over the past year NEA has worked in partnership with the North-East’s Sure Start Centres, training their staff and sharing practical advice with service users, reaching over 9,000 local people.

The interactive project helps parents and children alike understand how to be energy efficient in the home and ultimately save money on bills. As well as being a fun activity for local parents and children the project is also a real lifeline for those who may be struggling to make ends meet.

Chris Ellis, Training and Assessment Manager at NEA, said: “The Sure Start to a Warm Home project has been a fun, interactive and hands-on way of getting children and their parents engaged with the idea of energy efficiency in the home. It has led to some fantastic savings for families on their fuel bills. It was a real pleasure for NEA to be involved alongside the ScottishPower Energy People Trust in this initiative which has brought real benefits to families in the north east”.

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “It was wonderful to meet with staff from NEA today and see first-hand the real difference the project has made in the North East through its work with local Sure Start Centres. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, this hugely innovative project has been able to provide support for those who are particularly in need in the community.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014