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HEAT HEROES SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE OF EDINBURGH

Low income families helped by ScottishPower Energy People Trust funded initiative Scottish environmental charity, Changeworks has vowed to make a difference in the lives of some of the Edinburgh’s most vulnerable families, by launching its Heat Heroes for Families initiative.

The project kicked-off in April, thanks to a £49,982 funding boost from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. It will reach out to an estimated 355 families with children under the age of 16 and help them access affordable warmth through a structured programme of energy advice and financial guidance. Together with its delivery partner, Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI), Changeworks will help parents maximise their household income, by accessing energy efficiency measures and unclaimed benefits.

Changeworks has a long standing relationship with the Trust, whose representatives met with the initiative’s Edinburgh team today, Wednesday, 27 July. The Energy People Trust has previously supported two Changeworks projects which generated substantial benefits for the local community; the Cosy Kids 2 project reached over 240 Edinburgh families and helped maximise their incomes by almost £40,000 overall.*

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee, ScottishPower Energy People Trust said: “The Trust is pleased to be working with Changeworks yet again to help the team there deliver a really beneficial project to help some of the most vulnerable families across Edinburgh. It was great to meet with the staff, volunteers and project users today and see first-hand the impact the project is already having within the local community, just three months in.”

Sam Mills, Head of Projects at Changeworks said, “Support from ScottishPower Energy People Trust enables us to provide direct support to families in most need in Edinburgh. In partnership with the Community Help and Advice Initiative, our specialist advisors and trained volunteers give families practical energy efficiency advice, access to benefits and income maximisation support. Heat Heroes for Families helps people to reduce their heating and electricity bills, maximise household budgets and keep their homes affordably warm.”

* The Cosy Kids 2 project (funded in 2008) reached 241 families, reporting an increased income of £16,822.80 from Benefit Health Checks and £22,215.00 from income maximisation.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016