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Nuneaton-based charity, Doorway is celebrating helping 293 formerly homeless people, from across Warwickshire, settle into new homes and manage their bills and finances.

Thanks to a grant of over £38,000 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, the charity was able to found its Energy Wise project and help individuals who have been homeless or are at risk of homelessness to take control of their finances when settling into accommodation.

Through a combination of community workshops and one-to-one outreach, Doorway shared specialist financial advice with its service users. The project offered tips on budgeting and saving money on fuel bills as well as benefit checks to make sure individuals were receiving all the assistance they were entitled to.

Since it was established in October 2013 the project has helped hundreds of formerly homeless young people maximise their incomes, to a combined total of over £96,600. Such savings not only help the service users to make ends meet on a daily basis, but ultimately reduce the likelihood of them becoming homeless again.

Carol Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, Doorway, said: “Over the past year, the grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has helped the young people we work with to maximise their income to a combined total of £96,600. This is fantastic and has made a real difference to lives of the vulnerable young people in Warwickshire.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Doorway is a well-respected and well-established charity, helping Warwickshire’s young homeless people in a number of ways. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialist financial and energy advice to those who are particular vulnerable in the community and help them get back on their feet. We are delighted to support this extremely worthwhile project.”

Monday, February 02, 2015