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A BIRMINGHAM based project has secured substantial funding to help alleviate fuel poverty in the local area.

The Somali Disability and Elderly Support Group (SODES), based in Bordesley Green, has been awarded £49,975 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to help 4000 of the area’s residents.

SODES received the funding to employ two energy advisors to deliver energy advice and support to Somali families in Birmingham.  The registered charity will help people apply for grants available to them to improve the heating and insulation of the houses that they live in to lift them out of fuel poverty. 

Since the year 2000, approximately 70,000 Somali people have immigrated to Birmingham from other European Community countries.  The project will provide training and advice in their first language together with an extensive programme of home energy and insulation advice visits targeting families with young children as the first priority.  

In addition, the energy advisors will provide information on how people can buy energy more economically and provide practical advice on energy efficiency.

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

“We’re very pleased to support SODES and fund its energy advice project. People struggle with fuel poverty when more than 10% of their income is spent on energy usage and we work to alleviate this through grassroots organisations such as SODES.

“SODES already makes a difference to the lives of many people in the Birmingham area and we’re delighted that with the help of our funding it will be able to target and further develop some of this assistance towards alleviating fuel poverty.”

Ali Mohammed, Chief Executive, Somali Disability & Elderly Support Group, said:

“We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding.  It will enable us to reach many more people in the area and target our help towards alleviating their fuel poverty.

“We have employed project workers with the funding which will allow our clients to get the best possible information for their energy advice needs.  People in the Birmingham area can visit our website for information  or contact us on 0121 773 9950 to set up an appointment or discuss their concerns and how to tackle them.

“While the Somali community living in Birmingham is at the heart of the services that we deliver, all of our projects are open to everyone and we would encourage those who need help and advice to get in touch with us.”

Established in November 2005, the Scottish Power 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.

The Somali Disability & Elderly Support Group (SODES) is a registered charity based in East Birmingham and provides advice, information and practical support and campaign for improved service to the Somali community in the West Midlands.

For further information on Somali Disability and Elderly Support Group, please visit  or call 0121 773 9950

For further information on the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, please visit:

Monday, November 05, 2012