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Local charity, East Ayrshire Carers has been awarded £40,000 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to fund its work helping carers of vulnerable, elderly and disabled people across East Ayrshire.
Its project, Managing Energy offers free impartial advice and support to people in Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire. The project aims to assist 250 carers and their families by helping to maximise income and manage household finances through training and educational programmes.
On Wednesday, 25 May, representatives from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust visited the team at East Ayrshire Carers to find out more about the project and meet carers from the local community who have benefited from its support and discuss the positive impact this has on their lives.  
Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee, ScottishPower Energy People Trust said: “The Trust recognises that providing support to grass roots projects such as Managing Energy is vital to helping vulnerable people and this visit gives us the opportunity to see first-hand how much it has benefitted the local community. Funding from the Trust has allowed the project to employ a much needed fully-qualified member of staff who will be a valuable resource to carers in the East Ayrshire area.”
Alan Brown, MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, said: “East Ayrshire Carers 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 sum of £40,000 will go a long way to ensuring carers within Kilmarnock and the East Ayrshire area are equipped with the support they need in terms of income maximisation and managing household finances.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016