Salford-based refugee and asylum seeker support organisation, Warm Hut UK, has helped over 400 individuals across Greater Manchester access fuel efficiency and income maximisation advice through its latest initiative, Coldwise, thanks to a £28,534 funding boost from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Coldwise, one of many initiatives run by the non-profit organisation, launched in April 2016 offering support to vulnerable refugee and asylum seeking families through community outreach programmes, specialised support groups and tailored workshops. Since its launch, the project has helped 100 households claim over £10,000 in benefits and tackle over £150,000 in household debt.

Representatives from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and local MP Rebecca Long-Bailey met with the project to see first-hand some of the incredible work it carries out within the local community and meet some of its beneficiaries to discuss the positive impact it has had on their lives.  

Pipeeh Miyalu, Project Manager at Warm Hut UK, said: “Our aim here at Warm Hut UK is to help refugee and asylum seeking families tackle issues they face on a daily basis, from overcoming social barriers to improving their well-being. This project has been hugely successful as it’s allowed us to recognise the vital role an energy advice programme can play in supporting these families. It was great having the Energy People Trust here today, giving us the opportunity to highlight the valuable work we do and reinforce our goals.”

Rebecca Long-Bailey, local Labour MP, said: “Warm Hut UK champions the community’s most vulnerable people and it’s encouraging to see an organisation like the ScottishPower Energy People Trust fund such a worthwhile project. The funding has gone a long way to ensure refugee and asylum seeking families are equipped with the support they need in terms of income maximisation and managing household finances to ultimately improve their day-to-day lives.”

Richard Taylor, Secretary of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “It was fantastic to meet with the Coldwise project and some of the beneficiaries. The Energy People Trust is committed to supporting people in communities across the country and we work with some really inspirational projects to make this happen. The team at the Warm Hut UK have more than demonstrated how funding is crucial to delivering extremely valuable advice and support to local families.”

Thursday, June 01, 2017