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SCOOP AID HELPING SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES WITH ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN SHEFFIELD

Local Sheffield charity SCOOP Aid, have opened their doors today (11 Feb 2013) so that local single parent families can find out about their new service. 

The new energy efficiency service has been given the go ahead, thanks to funding provided by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The Trust has given the project £30,477 and is expected to help around 1200 people.

SCOOP AID, which has over thirty years of experience assisting single parent families in the city,  is using the money provided by ScottishPower to employ an additional welfare rights worker to specifically to work with lone parents with fuel debts.

This new project complements SCOOP Aid’s existing welfare rights service and will offer single parent families expert advice on how they can make their homes more energy efficient by just taking a few simple steps. Families will also be advised on loft insulation and other energy saving schemes run by Sheffield City Council. 

To complement the service, Energy Advice Hubs will be held on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon where anyone keen to be more energy efficient can pick up advice and information.

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: ‘SCOOP Aid is already well-established in the area, offering local residents a range of services. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they can also provide a specialised energy efficiency advice service to single parent families.’

 Deborah Smith, Welfare Rights Officer at SCOOP Aid said: ‘“It’s been fantastic to have received this funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Our established base in Sheffield and local knowledge has helped us develop a service that local people can really benefit from.

‘We are really excited to be able to offer this new service and hope that the open day will encourage single parent families in the community to find out how they can make their homes more energy efficient.’

Monday, February 11, 2013