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Local charity, St Andrews Environmental Network has been awarded £49,815 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to fund its work helping young adults and families with young children in North East Fife.

Its project, Toastie Youth, offers free impartial energy guidance to residents in the area. By April 2016, the project aims to help over 680 people by providing practical energy efficiency advice and carrying out 400 home visits.

The Toastie Youth team hosts regular community workshops and one-to-one meetings with individuals referred to the project. In addition, the team visits the homes of the most vulnerable members of the community to install free, simple insulation measures to their homes.

On Wednesday, 17 February, Trustees from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust visited the team at St Andrews Environmental Network to find out more about the project and meet people from the local community who have benefited from their support and discuss the positive impact it has had 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 Toastie Youth is vital to helping vulnerable people and this visit gives us the opportunity to see first-hand how much it has helped the local community. 

“St Andrews Environmental Network is a well-respected local organisation committed to helping some of the most vulnerable people in North East Fife. Thanks to funding from the Trust, it has allowed the organisation to set-up up a much needed and valuable project that will having lasting effects in the local community.”

Jane Kell, Toastie Youth project manager, said: “Support from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has allowed us to set an ambitious goal to help at least 680 vulnerable people within the community and will ensure we reach our target. It has resulted in the project hosting various community events and engage with local charities in a bid to improve the lives of families and young people across St Andrews and North East Fife.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016