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East Kilbride is Hands on when Combating Fuel Poverty

The Hands on Project in East Kilbride has benefited from funding to assist vulnerable people across the area, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Energy Efficiency Advice service, which will be delivered by the Hands on Project, received over £7,000 to fund special energy awareness training courses for ten of their volunteers to undertake.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was established in November 2005 to fund 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.

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

“The Trust is something special as it helps fuel-poor households, through funding not-for-profit organisations such as the Hands on Project.
“Different types of support are provided, including crisis funding, benefits entitlement check, energy efficiency measures and research – all measures to help alleviate fuel poverty.

“We are delighted to be able to assist this project which will raise energy awareness, particularly as this is Energy Efficiency Week (22nd to 28th October).

“It’s important for everyone to be aware of how much energy they are using and could potentially save, making their homes more fuel efficient.”

The Hands on Project aims to help alleviate isolation, loneliness and fuel poverty amongst older people, through a befriending and handyperson service as well as the recently funded energy efficiency advice service.

The volunteers from the project will be trained on the City and Guilds Energy Awareness Course, where they will learn about various aspects of energy efficiency and how to carry out basic measures such as fitting boiler jackets and lagging pipes within the clients’ homes. 

The training will also provide the individuals with the skills to provide advice on suppliers tariffs, and if any grants are available for installing energy efficiency measures in the clients home i.e. cavity wall insulation.

Once the training has taken place, the volunteers will put their skills to use and aim to help elderly, disabled, housebound and infirm people in the East Kilbride area, who are most at risk from fuel poverty.

When complete, the year-long project is expected to assist 270 individuals in East Kilbride.

So far, The ScottishPower Energy People Trust has awarded a staggering £3m to 76 projects across Britain, assisting over 137,000 individuals.

For more information on this project, please contact Liz Nelson, on 01355 806894.

Saturday, October 06, 2007