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VITAL NEW FUNDING TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

Stroud Beresford Group receives support from ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Stroud Beresford Group, a local women’s refuge, helping women affected by domestic abuse through emergency accommodation and resettlement support has received vital funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Stroud Beresford Group, which has been helping women for over 35 years, has been awarded over £17,000 by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, which will help families in their new homes. 

The funding will pay for a support worker to visit the two refuges weekly to discuss financial issues with an emphasis on fuel poverty. The service has supported individuals to manage debt, access income sources, arrange household budgets and access the best energy tariffs.  Crucially the support helps families to avoid moving in to debt and difficulty when they move on from the refuge.

The service supports families to access grants to enable them to purchase energy efficient washing machines and furniture for their new homes. The help given by Scottish Power will improve the lives of over 400 people over the next three years.

The grant will empower women to take charge of their finances and avoid fuel poverty, aimed at tackling financial abuse, a common aspect of domestic cruelty. Families resettling after staying in a refuge are particularly vulnerable to fuel poverty.

Sarah* attended the sessions when she was living at the refuge said: “One of my biggest fears about moving out on my own was that the bills would mount up and I’d not be able to afford to heat my home over the winter. The advice I received at Stroud Beresford has made a huge difference at an extremely difficult time. They let me know how to be more energy efficient and gave lots of handy tips on how to save money on the family bills.”

Ann Loughrey Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Advice on how to make a home more energy efficient can have a huge impact on energy consumption. The ScottishPower Energy People Trust recognises that providing support for organisations such as Stroud Beresford is vital to helping those at risk. We are sure  that the dedicated project team will continue to make a huge difference to at risk women and families in the local community.”

Jill Cooper, Group Manager at Stroud Beresford Group said: “It’s been fantastic to have received this funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, which is a crucial lifeline to helping improve the many lives of vulnerable women who come through our doors.  Above all we want to make them feel comfortable and ensure that they have the confidence to take control of their finances so that they can move on from the refuge without moving into fuel poverty.”

Tuesday, April 02, 2013