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SHAP secures £79,000 funding

The Single Homeless Accommodation Project (SHAP) has been awarded £79,621 by The ScottishPower Energy People Trust towards its ‘A Place of Your Own’ initiative and this support is helping to educate young people on how to manage their money.

Failing to address fuel management can lead to debt problems and inability to manage the home.  Therefore, the funding provided allows the charity to run courses which cover key elements such as fuel management and energy efficiency.  SHAP works with young people setting up home for the first time and vulnerable households needing support, along with people in housing need or who are homeless.  

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said:

“The Trust is very pleased to be able to assist projects such as SHAP.  Helping young people is at the core of SHAP’s aims and we are glad to be able to support this initiative and its service users.

“SHAP is already making a difference to the lives of many people in the Huddersfield area and we’re delighted that with the ScottishPower Energy People Trust funding it will be able to further develop this help and add in another element of providing information on how to alleviate fuel poverty.”

Denise Rooney, Assistant Director at SHAP, said:

“We are thrilled to have received funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust – it will go a long way to helping people in fuel poverty in the area. 

“When young people set up home for the first time they are often overwhelmed and have little idea how to manage things.  Getting essential services such as electricity and gas connected can be particularly intimidating for people who haven’t done this before.

“Using funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust we have been able to add an extra dimension to our ‘Place of Your Own’ course.  It not only allows us to introduce money management to young people but it enables our organisation to link with our other services to access our debt worker.

“People attending the course are taken through a whole range of issues that are designed to help them live independently. By adding in money management and debt advice we can work with young people to help to achieve this.

“Our specialist debt worker will be able to provide one to one sessions with our clients to work through any money management or debt problems the young person may have.”
 
The course runs at regular intervals throughout the year.  People requiring access to the service or to get more details on how to join the course please call SHAP’s Inroads Team on 01484 532280.

Established in November 2005, the ScottishPower Energy People Trust provides vital funding for not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly, who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.

To date, the Trust has awarded £8.5 million to 165 projects helping over 1,498,000 individuals in over 1,255,000 households throughout Britain.

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is an independent charity funded by ScottishPower and through voluntary donations from individual supporters.

For further information on the Trust, please visit: www.energypeopletrust.com 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011