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Homeless People in Greenock Given Funding to Wrap up and Keep Warm this Winter

Starter Packs Inverclyde has been given over £13,000 to help local homeless people stay warm this winter.

The Greenock-based charity was set up to help people make the step from the streets to their own home.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust donated the cash to the project, which provides essential basic items, such as kitchen and bedding packs, to vulnerable people who are starting out fresh in a tenancy.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said:

“We are delighted to be able to assist this project and are positive that the grant will make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Greenock.

“The Trust is something special as it helps end fuel poverty by providing financial assistance to Charities and not for profit organisations who deal directly with individuals affected by it.
 
“Different types of support are provided, including crisis funding, benefits entitlement check, energy efficiency measures and research – all measures to help alleviate fuel poverty.”

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.

Starter Packs Inverclyde was launched in September 2002 by Inverclyde Churches Together. It was in response to the genuine needs of families and individuals who have accessed or are trying to access a tenancy after a period of homelessness but do not have the financial or other resources to turn that tenancy into a home.

The grant will specifically be used to purchase duvets and energy efficient light bulbs for the packs which will contain kettles, toasters, a breakfast pack and vital information on how to be energy efficient and free up finances for essential items.

Starter Packs Inverclyde is expected to assist over 1,000 individuals in the area over a three year period.

So far, the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has awarded a staggering £3.2m to 82 projects across Britain, assisting over 206,000 individuals in over 85,000 households.

For more information on Starter Packs Inverclyde, e-mail mail@starterpacksinverclyde.co.uk  or phone 01475 78714.

Further info is also available at www.starterpacksinverclyde.co.uk.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008