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Comas, an Edinburgh based charity has today announced that hundreds of families across the local area are now receiving extra support thanks to its energy advice project funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. So far the project has helped 260 local people maximise their income by over £195,000 through accessing additional benefits, grants and energy efficiency.

Comas strives to help local people who are struggling with life due to financial hardship, recovery from addictions and social isolation. Through its Serenity Café, the charity recognised that many of its community members were struggling to make ends meet and ventured to set up an energy advice project. This successfully kicked off in June 2013, thanks to £13,522 funding from the Trust.

Thanks to this funding, Comas is now able to help some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable people with advice and practical knowledge on everything from applying for grants to being energy efficient in the home. The service has proven a huge benefit to families in Edinburgh and is well on its way to meeting its target of helping over 475 local people by the summer.

Yanni Yannoulis, Development Officer at Comas, said: “The Canny Living Project has been vital to our client community in Edinburgh. It has enabled us to implement a wide range of measures to bring people together and save thousands for vulnerable individuals through income maximisation and energy saving.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Comas is a great charity already well-established in Edinburgh, helping local people through a range of services. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialised energy advice to those who are particularly vulnerable in the community and we are delighted to continue to support this valuable project.”

Monday, May 12, 2014