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Group makes real difference thanks to funding from Energy People Trust.

The Manchester Carers Forum has recently completed a pioneering project entitled, Caring and Cosy. The project has had a significant impact within the local community and had helped reach out to over 300 vulnerable families across the city.

The project kicked-off in September 2012, when the Manchester Carers Forum was awarded £16,000 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to fund this innovative new project, which went towards employing a fuel poverty adviser to reach out to carers and their families across Manchester.

The project set out to raise awareness of energy efficiency in the local community and address it my offering money-saving advice and continued support.  From investing in double glazing and radiator covers to changing a boiler’s setting, the project passed on invaluable advice and made a real difference to families’ finances.

What’s more the ground contact involved in the project has also highlighted other underlying issues to local authorities such as debt and housing challenges and in turn allowed the authorities to help those most in need.

James who was helped by the initiative said: “I was thrilled with the advice I was given and overall it has made a difference to how much money I have outgoing each month – fantastic! I managed to reduce my energy bills, leaving me with more money to spend on trips out to places with my family. Also I am more energy aware and now have my boiler set on a lower setting.”

Chief Executive of the Manchester Carers Forum, David Williams, said: “We consider the project to have been a huge success, not only did we achieve our original aim of addressing and raising awareness of fuel poverty, but we also found several hidden carers and were able to signpost or refer carers to other sources of help, advice and support.’

Ann Loughrey from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust said: ‘The Caring and Cosy project is hugely inspirational and has helped hundreds of local carers and their families. It is an excellent example of Energy People Trust funding being put to good use in the local community.’

About The ScottishPower Energy People Trust

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust funds registered charities that help people whose lives are affected by fuel poverty. Since forming in November 2005, the Trust has provided over £11.6 million to 244 projects across Britain, helping more than 1.5 million people. The Trust is funded by ScottishPower and voluntary donations from independent supporters.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013