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Stockton & District Advice and Information Service (SDAIS) has supported 2,561 individuals with fuel efficiency and income maximisation advice in the last year, thanks to a £49,965 funding boost from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The project’s Energy Advice Centre brought together specialist advisors from various local organisations to provide the community’s most vulnerable residents with practical advice and financial guidance on energy bills. Service users had access to practical support, such as boiler repairs, through the advice centre and direct home visits. Since the initiative began in 2015, users have benefited from a remarkable £1,494,126 in increased household income.

Janine Browne, Service Manager at Stockton & District Advice and Information Service, said: “This has been a hugely successful project for us. We managed to reach thirty percent more people than we initially set out to and that’s very much down to the support from the Energy People Trust. It’s allowed us to recognise the vital role which an energy advice centre can play in our local community, especially for Stockton’s most vulnerable families.”

Richard Taylor, Secretary of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to see the success of the Energy Advice Centre project. The Energy People Trust is committed to supporting people in communities across the country and we work with some really inspirational projects to make this happen. The team at the Stockton & District Advice and Information Service have more than exemplified how to take funding and turn it into an extremely valuable source of advice and support.”

Wednesday, February 01, 2017