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CHARITY FUNDING BOOST HELPS 284 HOMELESS PEOPLE

STARTER Packs Inverclyde, with funding assistance from The Scottish Power Energy People Trust, has helped 284 families and individuals to build a new life.

The charity helped equip individuals with necessary household items and provided them with basic essentials to start up a new home.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s funding for the project is now in its third year and has so far helped 133 single people and 135 families including 230 children to get back on their feet.

Funding provides people who were homeless and now moving into a tenancy with a starter pack including new duvets, pillows, energy saving light-bulbs and important information on how to be energy efficient and free up finances for essential items.   It has also allowed a ‘breakfast pack’ to be added to the items which includes a new kettle and toaster to start people off with their kitchen essentials.

Starter Packs Inverclyde was set up in 2002 by Inverclyde Churches Together to help people who have accessed, or are trying to access a tenancy after a period of homelessness and are struggling financially without the resources to turn their tenancy into a home.

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

“It’s great to be able to help Starter Packs Inverclyde provide homeless people with the essentials to start a new home and we’re pleased to be able to offer our support.  Just to be able to make a cup of tea or know that you are going to be warm at night must be very reassuring to the people helped by the charity.

 “The ScottishPower Energy People Trust provides different types of support to charities, including crisis funding, benefits entitlement check, energy efficiency measures and research – all important measures to help alleviate fuel poverty.”

June Glancy, Project Co-ordinator at Starter Packs Inverclyde, said: “It’s heart-warming to know that there are organisations out there that provide help and assistance to charities and people who have been homeless.

“The Scottish Power Energy People Trust has been really helpful to our organisation and I would like to offer my thanks to everyone who had helped make this funding possible. Having this money has made such a difference to our project and to the lives of those we help.”

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was established in November 2005 to fund not-for-profit organisations 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.

For more information on the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, log on to www.energypeopletrust.co.uk

Tuesday, June 08, 2010