Quarriers Saves Scotland's Power

Jackie Baillie MSP will launch a new project in Ruchazie today (9th Feb 2007) to help vulnerable people conserve power and save money.

The MSP will speak at Quarriers Ruchazie Family Resource Centre in Glasgow to mark the launch of the new organisation-wide initiative to help families, people with disabilities and young people.
Phil Robinson, chief executive of Quarriers, said: “We’re delighted that Jackie Baillie is able to support us at this launch and for the funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Fuel poverty is a major problem in Scotland, affecting around a third of Scottish households who cannot afford to heat their homes to an adequate level so it is vital that we do all we can to help the people we support to understand how to save money by making some simple changes to reduce energy.”
The project, which will receive funding of almost £10,000 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, aims to promote energy efficiency for the people supported by Quarriers and will start to address the issues of fuel poverty by providing information and advice. The project will focus on youth housing services, family centres and supported living for people with disabilities, all of which assist people who rely predominantly on limited, fixed incomes.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was created in November 2005 to fund not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills and suffer from fuel poverty.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of External Business and Community Relations and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said: “We understand that fuel poverty affects a large percentage of households and are pleased to be able to assist individuals through the help provided by Quarriers and Energy Action Scotland.

“It’s reassuring to know that organisations such as Quarriers and Energy Action Scotland are able to give assistance to those suffering from fuel poverty. Hopefully, through time, organisations can work together to help combat this major problem.
The funding will be used to deliver training, via Energy Action Scotland, to staff from 90 projects across Scotland, to equip them with the necessary knowledge that can be passed on to many further beneficiaries – from a project which supports 5 adults with disabilities to a family resource centre used by more than 50 families. Work has already got underway with the creation of leaflets, for each target group, outlining energy saving tips. Service user focus groups have been an integral part of the design and development process, resulting in the production of material that is easy to understand and appropriate for the intended audience.
Phil continued: “This project will give the people we support the information and knowledge they need to take informed decisions about energy use in their homes. It will put them in control of the choices they make to save energy in ways that fit with their lifestyles by using some of the simple tips. By involving these very people in the design of the information leaflets, we are trying to ensure that the advice and guidance is available to all, including people who might be reluctant to engage with more formal agencies, in a way that’s attractive, accessible and meaningful.”
Jackie Baillie MSP and Honorary Vice President of Energy Action Scotland, said: "I am delighted that Quarriers asked me help launch their new energy efficiency project. Too many households in Scotland still suffer from fuel poverty and in many cases that can be down to poor energy efficiency - be it poor insulation or heating systems that to not perform adequately.

"The Quarriers project will encourage people with disabilities and young people to conserve power and save money. It will help them to take charge of their finances, as well as showing them simple steps to make sure that they have warm, safe housing. I commend Quarriers, Energy Action Scotland and the Scottish Power Energy People Trust for having the imagination to develop this innovative project."

Quarriers is Scotland’s most diverse social care charity providing support to around 18000 people through 127 projects for children, young people, adults and families who are known to be experiencing extreme difficulties or who are typically hard-to-reach. The organisation has grown and changed considerably since it was founded in 1871 by William Quarrier at Bridge of Weir, expanding to meet the needs of young homeless people, children and adults with a disability, people with epilepsy and carers from across Scotland and beyond. Staff numbers are now in excess of 1800 and the charity has an expected turnover of £38M this year.

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