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Funding Boost for Worthy Inverness Project

Inverness Women’s Aid was able to revamp its refuge for victims of domestic abuse with help from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Refuge Upgrade project was granted over £5,000 funding in July 2006 from the Trust, which it used to make the temporary accommodation more energy efficient and comfortable.

The 27 families who have lived there since last year have enjoyed benefits such as two energy efficient washing machines, thermal curtains and high tog rating duvets – all to increase the energy efficiency within the refuge flats.

The funding was also used to buy new bedding sets and towel bales for families to use.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of External Business and Community Relations and The Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to assist Inverness Women’s Aid and are delighted that so many women and their families are able to benefit as well, especially during such a difficult time of their lives.

 “The new bedding sets and towel bales gives the flat a bit more of a homely feel to it and the other energy efficient goods are important to help advise the families on how they can help the environment.”

Overall, the project aimed to make the flat more energy efficient so that the women and their families visiting the refuge will be encouraged to continue being wise with energy use when they are re-housed.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is a charity administered by, but making decisions independently of, ScottishPower.  The Trustees include representatives from Energy Action Scotland, National Energy Action and Glasgow University Urban Studies. 
The Trust has now assisted 57 organisations and has awarded over £2.17m to projects helping over 56,000 households.

Kate Donaghy, Refuge Co-ordinator at Inverness Women’s Aid was delighted with the outcome of the grant. She said: “We are very grateful for the funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

“By purchasing these goods, it means that vital money is saved by using energy efficient measures, which we will be able to use on other worthy projects.

“Thanks to ScottishPower, the refuge is now a much more welcoming place for women to come to with their children at a devastating time in their lives.”

The refuge is based in Inverness but at a confidential address to ensure the safety of women and their families suffering from domestic abuse. As well as providing this, Women’s Aid also offers advice on what to do next as well as support during difficult times.

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Monday, July 06, 2009