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Project uses £58,000 funding from ScottishPower Energy People Trust to provide vital lifeline.

Local charity, Roundabout, has recently completed a ground-breaking two year project to help hundreds of homeless young people achieve practical knowledge that will help them with the transition into long term accommodation.

Since 1977, Roundabout has worked tirelessly to support and empower Sheffield’s homeless young people. As well as offering emergency hostel accommodation the charity places an emphasis on practical education, to help the young people develop and take advantage of the choices open to them.

In 2011, the range of services offered was further developed, thanks to a grant of £58,960 awarded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The funding was put towards kick-starting the Income Wellbeing project, a service devoted to helping young people manage their finances and energy use.

Through the employment of a money advice worker the project has so far helped over 798 vulnerable young people by helping them develop practical skills on how to maximise their income and become more energy efficient. There was also a large focus on budgeting and debt management.

Ben Keegan, CEO at Roundabout said: "We are extremely grateful to the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for funding our work with young people who have been homeless. Fuel poverty and being in debt can cause a great deal of worry to the young people we support, many of whom are also facing challenging situations and housing problems. This post enabled us to address these issues, ensure young people remain debt free and in turn have an improved quality of life."

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Roundabout is already well-established in the area offering young homeless people a range of services. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they can now provide specialised energy efficiency advice to those who are vulnerable in the community and we are delighted to have supported the Income Wellbeing Project.”

Monday, September 30, 2013