Greater Manchester Parents to Benefit from Funding Boost

A project in Greater Manchester has been granted £30,000 funding from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help families with disabled children access the benefits they are entitled to.
Contact a Family has used the Trust's £30,000 funding to set up a project called Pounds for Parents North West, and although only established in October this year, it has already assisted over 250 parents and children.

With Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week ahead (beginning 4th December), families in the Greater Manchester area will also benefit from 300 Carbon Monoxide Detectors, donated through a scheme funded entirely by ScottishPower customers.

Pounds for Parents North West is a two-year long project which aims to target 5,000 homes in the Manchester area.

The funding provided by the Trust has been used to employ a development officer, Jo Palmer, who works with parents of disabled children.

Jo's job involves explaining to parents, jargon-free, about Government benefits they are entitled to through workshops, parent groups, telephone, face-to-face and email enquiries.

In addition to the funding for the post, ScottishPower representatives also presented the 300 Carbon Monoxide Detectors to be distributed to families.

All profits that ScottishPower made through previous sales of Carbon Monoxide Detectors were ploughed back into buying more detectors and so thanks to ScottishPower customers, the Pounds for Parents project will now benefit from these.

Jill Harrison, Director of External Affairs at Contact a Family said: "We're extremely grateful for the funding provided by The ScottishPower Energy People Trust and the Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

"Not only will families increase their income levels - and that's vital to families with disabled children as they often have to manage on only one wage - but they'll have great peace of mind, knowing that any potentially lethal gases will be detected immediately and they will be safe in their own home."

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was created 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 and suffer from fuel poverty.

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 assist the Pounds for Parents North West project.

"Research has shown that many families with disabled children are not claiming all the Government benefits they are entitled to and are missing out on vital extra income.

"Hopefully, with the assistance of Pounds for Parents North West, many families in the Manchester area will not lose out on any income, therefore avoiding kids growing up in fuel poverty."

For more information about the project please contact Jo Palmer, on 0161 743 0700 or email


Thursday, June 01, 2006