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Kirkcaldy Kids Will Be Kozy With More Than £49,000 In Project Funding

A Fife based project has secured substantial funding to help target the issue of fuel poverty in the local area.

Greener Kirkcaldy, a grassroots environmental organisation based in Kirkcaldy town centre, has been awarded £49,431 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The funding will be used to support a new project called Kozy Kirkcaldy Kids, which will provide energy efficiency help and advice to families with children younger than 16 and expectant mothers.

In 2011 the registered charity determined that a dedicated advice service was needed for those with young children as it noticed that this group of people can often struggle with affordable warmth.  This group often had increased energy bills due to  more people being in the home and parents staying indoors for longer periods of time to look after their young children.

Families will be able to access information at a free drop-in advice centre and Kozy Kirkcaldy Kids advice workers will be working in the community to promote the services it offers, visiting mother and toddler groups and having a presence at local gala days. 

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

“We’re very pleased to support Greener Kirkcaldy’s new initiative. Families with babies and young children will already be under a great deal of stress, so a project like Kozy Kirkcaldy Kids is an ingenious venture to help with fuel bills and energy efficiency advice.”

“Fuel poverty occurs when more than 10% of a household income is spent on energy usage and we work to alleviate this through grassroots organisations such as Greener Kirkcaldy.

“In the three years since it was founded Greener Kirkcaldy has already made a difference to the lives of many people in the local area and we’re delighted that with the help of ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s funding it will be able to better help those with young families.”

Suzy Goodsir, Project Manager of Greener Kirkcaldy, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding for the Kozy Kirkcaldy Kids project.  It will enable us to target our assistance to a specific group of people in the area and help everyone achieve affordable warmth.

“People may not realise the additional household pressures placed on young families and finding it difficult to pay fuel bills is a worry that nobody needs. Our specialist advisors are here to help offer realistic and practical advice on home efficiency and sustainable energy to expectant mums to help them plan ahead as well as offering advice to those who are parents already.

“Local residents can access a range of advice, information and services to make their homes more sustainable and during the course of the project many people will benefit from the new project.”

Greener Kirkcaldy was established in 2009 by a group of friends who had concerns about the environment and wanted to help local residents at the same time. The charity provides one-to-one advice on sustainability and environmental topics, as well as working with community groups and schools in Kirkcaldy.

More than 100 people a month are able to utilise Greener Kirkcaldy’s advice service via the drop in centre and visits in the local community. The charity also provides a handyman service to people who have received advice but may not have the confidence to install energy efficiency measures such as draught proofing.

For further information on Greener Kirkcaldy or the Kozy Kirkcaldy Kids project, please visit www.greenerkirkcaldy.org.uk.

 

Thursday, August 09, 2012