FAMILY PROJECT POWERS THE PEOPLE OF GLASGOW
Scotland’s national lone parent organisation One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) is continuing to make a difference to the lives of some of Glasgow’s most vulnerable residents with its Family Power initiative. The project aims to reach an estimated 500 single-parent families across the city thanks to a £49,906 funding boost from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.
The Family Power project helps single-parent families across the city access affordable warmth through a programme of energy advice and financial guidance. In addition to helping single-parent families access energy efficiency measures and reduce fuel debt through grants, it also offers support to access higher education, job opportunities and childcare services.
OPFS has a long standing relationship with the Trust, whose representatives met with the initiative’s Glasgow team today (Friday, 26 August). The Energy People Trust previously supported the Power Family project in 2012 generating substantial benefits for local single-parent families, including £440,960 in income maximisation and £203,691 in fuel debt assistance.
A parent who has benefited from the support offered by One Parent Families Scotland said: “The support from the Family Power project has helped manage my fuel bills. By getting on top of my bills it has removed the stress of financial uncertainty and has allowed me to focus more on my family. The project provides a much needed service and I can’t thank them enough.”
Another parent said: “As well as providing assistance with a fuel grant application, the project has helped me understand my fuel bills through a really useful workshop. They also provided much needed childcare whilst I was taking part which allowed me to make the most of the session.”
Satwat Rehman, One Parent Families Scotland director, said, “Support from ScottishPower Energy People Trust enables us to provide direct support to those single-parent families in most need across Glasgow. Our specialist advisors and trained volunteers give single-parent families practical energy efficiency advice and ensure they have access to benefits and income maximisation support.
“The Family Power project helps single-parent families to reduce their fuel bills, manage budgets and keep their homes affordably warm. Another crucial aspect of the project is helping single parents access higher education, job opportunities and childcare services, enabling them to improve their lives and the lives of their families.”
Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust said: “The Trust is pleased to be working with One Parent Families Scotland once again to help the team there deliver a really beneficial project to help some of the most vulnerable families across Glasgow. It was great to meet with the staff, volunteers and project users today and see first-hand the impact the project is having within the local community.”
Monday, September 12, 2016