GLASGOW’S ‘ENERGY CHAMPION’ HELPS KEEP SOUTH SIDE HOMES WARM THIS WINTER
Govanhill-based charity, South Seeds is renowned in the local community for its green ethos; but lately it’s expanded its offering by sharing energy advice with the people of Glasgow’s South Side, through its Energy Champion project.
South Seeds has been providing this service since July 2014, thanks to £45,000 funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The project offers a range of services including energy efficiency, access to grants and installation of energy saving measures such as draught proofing, LED lights, radiator panels and electricity monitors.
In the past eight months, the project has helped over 250 local people. Many of these people are living in deprivation and have simply walked into its shop in Butterbiggins Road seeking advice and support.
Lucy Gillie, South Seeds, said: “Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust our project is now in full flow. When the cold weather started to set in at the end of November, energy efficiency moved up many people’s list of priorities. As soon at the temperature dropped we noticed a marked increase to the number of walk-ins to our shop, referrals from other organisations and the number of participants at our outreach sessions.”
Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “South Seeds is a well-respected and well-established charity, helping people in Glasgow in a number of ways. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialist energy advice to those who are particular vulnerable in the community and help them to keep their homes warm. We are delighted to support this extremely worthwhile project.”
Monday, February 23, 2015