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Claverhouse receive £58k of funding to help people in fuel poverty

Funds of almost £58,000 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust will enable Claverhouse to provide information and advice to unemployed people from across Tayside to help them save energy and manage their fuel bills at home.

The Energy Flat was originally built in 2006 at the Staffa Place Learning Centre with funding from the Energy People Trust.  More than 500 people have since attended practical demonstrations on how to save energy, how to get the best deals on fuel and power, and how to access home insulation schemes.

The latest donation will build on this work, and an exciting new programme of activities has been developed to help get the benefits of energy saving across to the public.

Alastair Cameron, Chief Executive at Claverhouse, is delighted to receive the grant.  He said:

“ScottishPower Energy People Trust has been a long term supporter of what we do in trying to alleviate fuel poverty in Dundee. All of our clients are on benefits, and all of them struggle to keep their homes warm in the face of increased prices and exceptionally hard winters. We show people the simple things they can do keep costs down and help them link up to other local initiatives.”

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

“Claverhouse runs an innovative project which enables people to receive information and energy saving advice in an environment which is just like a home.  Showing people hands on what they can do to help save energy is a great way for them to understand about using less fuel and conserving heat and energy.  The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is pleased to support such a worthwhile initiative that helps people out of fuel poverty.”

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, established in 2005, provides vital funding for 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.

To date, the Trust has awarded £8.9million to 172 projects helping over 1,503,205 individuals in over 1,258,822 households throughout Britain.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is an independent charity funded by ScottishPower and through voluntary donations from individual supporters.

Thursday, March 31, 2011