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Low income families helped by ScottishPower Energy People Trust funded initiative Liverpool-based community organisation Health Energy Advice Team (HEAT) is continuing to make a difference to the lives of some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable residents with its Keep Warm Keep Well initiative. The project aims to reach an estimated 800 households across Kensington and Fairfield thanks to a £49,406 funding boost from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The Keep Warm Keep Well project helps vulnerable adults and families across Kensington and Fairfield to access affordable warmth through a programme of energy advice and financial guidance. Households in Kensington and Fairfield are some of the most disadvantaged in Liverpool and the project helps by providing vital services to help households access energy efficiency measures and reduce fuel debt through grants. These services are brought to the community with door-to-door visits and group meetings ensuring even the most vulnerable within the community are reached.

Representatives from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust met with the project today to see first-hand some of the incredible work the project carries out within the Kensington and Fairfield community and meet some of its beneficiaries. £1million has been donated to a total of 23 Liverpool-based projects which have helped over 33,000 households and generated a £10million boost to household incomes. In addition 12 full time and 19 part time jobs have been created.

Paula Nolan, centre manager, Health Energy Advice Team, said, “Support from ScottishPower Energy People Trust enables us to provide direct support to some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable households. Our specialist advisors and trained volunteers give service users practical energy efficiency advice and ensure they have access to benefits and income maximisation support.

“The Keep Warm Keep Well project helps vulnerable adults and families to reduce their fuel bills, manage budgets and keep their homes affordably warm. A crucial aspect of the project is to ensure we reach as many people as possible within the community. Our proactive approach allows us to reach out to individuals and households identified as vulnerable via our partnerships with various agencies such as local the children’s centre and housing providers.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “The Trust is pleased to be funding the Health Energy Advice Team to help the team there deliver a really beneficial project that helps some of the most vulnerable families in Liverpool. It was great to meet with the staff, volunteers and project users today and see first-hand the impact the project is having within the Kensington and Fairfield community.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2016