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Local charity, St Andrews Environmental Network has been awarded £49,815.33 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to fund an energy advice project that will help the most vulnerable families and young people living in North East.

The project, entitled Toastie Youth, North East Fife, will offer advice and support to young adults and families with young children. These vulnerable groups face many financial challenges, so the support offered by the organisation will prove an invaluable asset for local residents.

Over the next year the project aims to help 800 people with energy efficiency advice through community workshops and referrals. As well as sharing practical tips with members of the public, Toastie Youth will also help the most vulnerable members of the community, by visiting their homes to help householders manage their energy useage and install free simple insulation measures, all of which will help the people of North East Fife save energy in the home and money on their bills.

Jane Kell, Toastie Youth project manager, said: “Our goal is to provide advice for families and young people in North East Fife. Our focus just now is getting the word out and we’re hosting lots of community events and working with local charities to do that. The funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust will help hundreds of people across St Andrews and North East Fife and we very much appreciate its support.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “St Andrews Environmental Network is a well-respected local organisation committed to helping some of the most vulnerable people in North East Fife. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, it will put into practice an energy advice scheme that will have lasting effects in the local community.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015