Funding boost for Dundee families

Dundee Anti-Poverty Forum has received a grant of almost £33,000, thanks to the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Dundee Family Support Project will use the funding to establish an advice service for families who exist on low fixed incomes, to help ensure they receive the full range of benefits they are entitled to.

The funding also allows the project to employ a part-time officer who will help families or individuals referred by two other services - Kiddie Kare and the Health Visitor - to maximise their income.

The worker’s role is also to refer them on to other beneficial services, such as health advice, fuel poverty and energy awareness.

Overall, the Dundee Family Support Project hopes to assist 500 Dundee households.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is a charity administered by, but makes decisions independently of, ScottishPower.  The Trustees include representatives of organisations including Energy Action Scotland, National Energy Action and Glasgow University Urban Studies. 

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of External Business and Community Relations and The ScottishPower Energy People’ Trust Company Secretary, said:

“The whole point in donating money to projects like this one means that it’s the experts who decide on the best possible use of the grant. These are the people who work directly with families in need of help and are able to provide direct assistance.

“Fuel poverty affects an estimated 2 million homes across Britain and can inflict unnecessary despair upon the lives of families and individuals and by maximising incomes, it’s the first step to help eradicate fuel poverty as more money is freed up to help pay bills.

Since The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was launched almost a year ago, it has funded 53 projects across Britain which in turn has assisted people in more than 55,000 households who are living in fuel poverty. 

Jim Milne, Project Leader at Dundee Anti Poverty Forum, said:

“The funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has enabled us to recruit a part-time worker who will work directly with families missing out on benefits.

“Government figures show that more than £3billion worth of benefits goes unclaimed every year, therefore proving that families and individuals need assistance to make them aware of what they’re entitled to, which is where the Dundee Family Support Project comes in.”



For further information on The Trust visit www.energypeopletrust.co.uk.

For further information on the Dundee Family Support Project, please contact Jim Milne on 01382 432 461 or email dundeeantipoverty@hotmail.com

Monday, July 06, 2009