Funding Boost for Fuel Poor Families in Dumfries & Galloway

Charities in Dumfries & Galloway have benefited from almost £150,000 in funding, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Help with Heating project recently received over £90,000 to provide elderly and vulnerable people, within the private housing sector, with temporary heating when their existing systems failed.

The project is managed by Care & Repair Dumfries & Galloway.

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 External Business and Community Relations and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said:

“We are delighted to be able to assist these projects.

“The Trust is something special as it helps fuel-poor households, through funding not-for-profit organisations.
“Four different types of projects are supported by The Trust, those which provide crisis funding, benefits entitlement checks, energy efficiency measures and research – all measures to help alleviate fuel poverty.”

The Help with Heating project hopes to assist 160 individuals in the area.

Another project in the Dumfries and Galloway area to benefit from The Trust is the Empowering People project, organised by Independent Living Support.

This project aims to help clients manage their energy effectively as well as providing crisis funding in a variety of circumstances.

Clients range from aged 16 – 60, who are suffering from fuel poverty, are homeless, ex offenders or substance abusers and the project is hoping to assist over 1,000 individuals in the area.

So far, The Trust has awarded a staggering £2.7m to 69 projects, assisting over 129,000 individuals in almost 50,000 households across Britain.

Monday, July 06, 2009