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Cosy Kids

ScottishPower’s Chief Executive Nick Horler believes that the Energy People Trust is one of the company’s greatest assets. This year Nick took time out to visit the Edinburgh-based charity Changeworks which had received two separate rounds of funding from the Trust totalling in excess of
£200,000.The Cosy Kids project works with the most vulnerable families. The funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has gone specifically towards funding an Energy and Affordable Warmth Advisor – Sarah Aitken.

Nick added: “Sarah is a fantastic person who is part of the team at Cosy Kids and who is working to help support mums and families and making sure they get access to all the benefits they are entitled to as well as giving fuel poverty advice.

The complications that are associated with getting access to benefits and practical help are one of the real barriers standing in the way of helping us to alleviate fuel poverty.” Sarah said that her work can differ on a day-to-day basis depending on the needs of the families she is working with. She said: “I work with very vulnerable families across Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian, helping those at risk of fuel poverty and fuel debt. I mainly spend my time helping them with their billing advice, social tariff access, trust funds, helping them get new central heating installed through the energy assistance package – it really varies day to day. “It can have a really profound effect on the clients as it can help them get out of fuel debt and fuel poverty and show them how to manage their heating effectively and manage their bills effectively. For many it often comes down to a choice between eating or keeping their house warm so we can have a huge impact on their lives – and especially on the lives of their children.

Company Secretary of the Trust, Ann Loughrey, said: “Nick is a great supporter of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and it was great for him to take the time to come and visit one of our funded projects and see first hand the impact of the grant funding and how it can help transform the lives of fuel poor families with young children across East Lothian, Edinburgh and Midlothian. It aims to keep homes warm at affordable cost and avoid fuel debt, providing children with a better start in life.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010