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Rotherham based organisation, Speakup Self Advocacy has announced that it has helped nearly 1,400 vulnerable people across South Yorkshire with tailored energy advice.

Speakup Self Advocacy’s ‘Save It’ project launched in November 2014 thanks to £20,783 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. The project was created to support people with learning disabilities and autism, as well as their families and carers to assist in managing consumption and energy bills.

The local community has benefited from workshops aimed toward care workers and primary carers who are instrumental to engaging with those who have learning disabilities and autism. The project has also created booklets with easy-to-understand information for individuals with learning disabilities which allows them to manage energy bills and maximise income to ensure they are aware of funds available for energy efficient household equipment. This project has led to a culture of energy awareness which has helped the wider community across South Yorkshire.

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “The Save It project represents values at the heart of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Thanks to funding from the Trust, the team has been able to provide specialist financial and energy advice to those who are particularly vulnerable in the local community. We are delighted to support this extremely worthwhile project and it’s encouraging to see such positive results.”

Anne Ferguson, principal officer at Speakup Self Advocacy said: “The grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has enabled us to provide direct advice and support to some of South Yorkshire’s most vulnerable people. Our workshops and home visits give practical support on energy efficiency and income maximisation. Not only that, we have ensured carers have the tools to help those with learning disabilities live more independently, an aspect at the core of our organisation.”

Tuesday, April 05, 2016