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Today, the Warming Erewash project has announced that over 485 families in the Derby area are now living in warmer homes thanks to a grant of £26,233 awarded by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

The project is operated by Direct Help and Advice, a charity committed to helping low income families in Derby attain advice, training and skills. Alleviating fuel poverty is now a key objective of the charity, made possible by this funding and establishment of the Warming Erewash project in 2011.

Over the past year, staff from DHA have used their experience and expertise working with low income families to help service users maximise their incomes, become energy efficient in the home and access the fuel benefits they are entitled to.

James* who was helped by the project, said: “I had been struggling to make ends meet for some months and had resorted to obtaining food packages from a local food bank. I was referred to Warming Erewash who helped me better understand my energy usage and phoned my fuel company to negotiate a repayments scheme on my behalf. Warming Erewash helped me see things clearly and let me concentrate on my family life and making ends meet.”

Kim Miles, Director of Operations at Direct Help & Advice, said: “We are very grateful for the ongoing support received from The ScottishPower Energy People’s Trust. Funding has enabled DHA to provide local residents with one-to-one support and advice through the ‘Warming Erewash’ project, building on the success of the previous year. The project has been a lifeline for people living on low incomes, helping them to move out of financial difficulty and to live in warmer homes.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Direct Help and Advice is already well-established in the area offering low-income families a range of services. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they can now provide specialised energy efficiency advice to those who are vulnerable in the community and we are delighted to continue to support the Warming Erewash project.”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013