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ScottishPower Energy People Trust celebrates ongoing commitment to Dundee.

Over the past seven years the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has helped thousands of people in Dundee through awarding £224,039 worth of charitable grants to nine projects across the city.

Trustees visited Claverhouse Training, a project devoted to helping unemployed people in Dundee that has benefited significantly from over £85,042 funding from the Trust. Trustees Norman Kerr, Ann Loughrey, Joan Fraser, Neil Hartwell, Alan Hughes and Peter Sumby met with Claverhouse staff and individuals helped by the project.

Claverhouse used the first of two grants from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to build the Claverhouse Energy Flat in 2006, a mock flat with features that practically demonstrate how to reduce energy consumption in the home. They then received a second grant in 2011 to support the day to day running of the facility and employ an advisor to run regular advice and drop in sessions.

Thanks to the funding the project now reached out to over 4,765 people, with a particular emphasis on helping those aged 18-24 and has made a significant difference to those in the community already struggling to make ends meet.

Alistair Cameron, Director of the Claverhouse Training said: “We were delighted to meet with the members of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and show just how we’ve been helping people across Dundee. The funding received from the Trust has helped establish a service that local people can really benefit from and often one that is a real life line for the young, unemployed people in Dundee.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “I had the honour of opening the Claverhouse Energy Flat back in 2008 and was delighted to return today and see first-hand how it has benefited hundreds of people in the local community, thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Claverhouse Training is very well-established in the area offering local residents a range of services and we are delighted to continue to support Claverhouse alongside a range of projects across the city of Dundee.”

Since 2006, the project has contributed a total of £224,039 to projects across Dundee. These include:

• The Dundee Carers Centre was awarded £66,000 to help local carers and young carers maximise their incomes by accessing relevant benefits. The project also delivers Financial Capability training to project staff enabling them to be pro-active and reduce the number of people reaching crisis point. 

• The Dundee Anti-Poverty Forum was awarded £32,904 to establish an advice service for families who exist on low fixed incomes to help them maximising their income and access the benefits they are entitled to.

• Dundee City Council was awarded £29,000 to fund its Crisis Fuel Payments project. The project provides local young families with electricity tokens to help fund their prepayment metres and offers them advice on energy efficiency and income maximisation to prevent reoccurrence.

• Starter Packs Dundee was awarded £15,000 to help volunteers in the churches of all denominations across the city create starter packs for families in need

• Dundee Women’s Aid was awarded £10,194 to help women leaving the refuge resettle in their new homes by assisting in the payment of bills and help purchase energy efficient goods for their new accommodation.

Friday, October 25, 2013