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Derbyshire Housing Aid Maximises Incomes by £56,000

AN EREWASH based project has helped local residents maximise their incomes by £56,360 during the past year.

DHA, formerly Derbyshire Housing Aid was provided with £26,233 of funding over two years from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help alleviate fuel poverty.

With the support, the independent registered charity set up its ‘Warming Erewash’ project and has worked with local residents to increase their incomes to help them move out of fuel poverty.  Clients have been helped to live in warmer homes through monetary savings, benefit health checks and by case workers providing one-to-one support to individuals. 

Since the project began in April 2011, DHA has used its extensive knowledge of the local community to help more than 200 individuals with the issues faced by vulnerable people and families. The project’s face-to-face sessions, combine energy efficiency advice and information with money and debt advice as well as practical guidance on maximising income via welfare benefits and reducing monthly outgoings.     
 
Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said:

“Funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to DHA has already made an enormous difference to more than 200 people in the Erewash area and we are really pleased that the project is making a positive impact on the lives of local residents. 

“It is a fantastic achievement for an organisation to be given £26,233 over two years and turn that into a £56,360 benefit for people in the local area in first year alone.  We look forward to seeing what DHA can do over the full course of the project.

“The warming Erewash initiative has so far been a great success helping residents and those in need to maximise their incomes and receive essential energy advice. This is a very strong project which ensures as many vulnerable people as possible have access to the information and assistance they need to keep their homes warm.

Kim Miles, Director of Operations at DHA, said:  “We’d like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its funding award to our Warming Erewash project.  The money has made a real difference to DHA and enabled us to help hundreds of people lift themselves out of fuel poverty. 

“There is clearly a need for this type of service and we have received a number of referrals to the scheme through our partnership work with organisations including the Probation Service, Erewash Credit Union, Age UK and Erewash Borough Council.

“Our project has been very successful in helping people in its first year and we’re continuing to build on this achievement for the duration of the initiative.”

For further information on DHA, please visit www.housingaid.org.uk

Thursday, June 28, 2012