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Youth Action, based in Blackburn, has been given a funding boost of £95,000 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The independent community organisation which works with young people aged eight to 24 years old across Lancashire has received funding for its innovative ‘Closing the door on fuel poverty’ project. The funding will enable the organisation to implement an energy saving initiative for young vulnerable people, and to provide advice which aims to engage and empower them to tackle fuel poverty and improve the quality of their lives.

In addition, Youth Action’s project will use the funds to carry out ground level research with family and peers, examining their energy consumption habits and providing ideas and solutions to enable people to lift themselves out of fuel poverty.

A part-time fuel advisor will be employed and available to help young people make the most of available grants and offer advice on ways of saving energy and reducing fuel poverty.  Based on the results from the research, advisors will run workshops on how to tackle poverty and reduce energy waste. In time, it is anticipated that workshops will be partly run by young people themselves.

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

“Working with grassroots organisations such as Youth Action enables us to target as many people as possible who may be in or at risk of fuel poverty and provide them with help and advice on how to avoid this.

“Youth Action carries out fantastic work in the community and by providing this funding we’re sure that messages about energy efficiency and consumption will help many young people in the local community manage their energy usage more economically.”

Amar Abass, Chief Executive of Youth Action Ltd., said: “We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support on this very important project. 

“Initiatives such as this are very important, especially in the current climate to ensure that families and young people are utilising the correct services and are not getting into fuel poverty.  We are very excited about this community based initiative and will be working with a team of volunteers and mentors to make the impact.”


Monday, January 16, 2012