Funding Boost for Fuel Poor Families in Trafford

A charity in Trafford has benefited from a £30,000 grant, thanks to The ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Safe and Warm Homes project, which will be managed by Manchester Care & Repair, recently received the funding to help to alleviate fuel poverty for older and other vulnerable people within the area.

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 this project.

“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.”

Individuals can access the Safe and Warm Homes service directly, or can be referred through voluntary agencies. Energy efficiency advice and services are provided by experts and all clients will receive at least one home visit from a project worker.

The project, which was previously funded by the Big Lottery, will also provide income maximisation checks and assistance with benefit applications.

When complete, the Safe and Warm Homes project is expected to assist approximately 240 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.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009