The Teignbridge Citizen’s Advice Bureau has today announced that hundreds of families across the local area are now receiving support with their finances, thanks to a new advice project funded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. So far the project has helped 168 local families maximise their income by a staggering £124,000 through accessing additional benefits, grants and energy efficiency.

Since kicking-off in July 2013 the Citizen’s Advice Bureau has worked alongside local dad’s clubs, mother and toddler groups and in partnership with charity, Action for Children, the CAB reaches out to some of Teignbridge’s most vulnerable families. The £39,598 funding from the Trust helps the project provide these families with advice and practical knowledge on everything from applying for grants to being energy efficient in the home.

The service has proved a huge benefit to families in Teignbridge and is well on its way to meeting its target of helping over 420 local households by March 2015.

Ken Pickering, Manager at Teignbridge Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said: “This is a very important project.  Bringing up a family is never easy, but in the current economic climate there are increased pressures on young families.  By helping them to develop financial skills, make key consumer choices and explore wider energy issues, we can reduce some of their financial worries. “We are only a third of the way into the project but already the outcomes are significant.  The funding is making a real difference in Teignbridge”.

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “The Teignbridge Citizen’s Advice Bureau is a hugely important service in the local area offering local people 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.”

Friday, April 04, 2014