A £60,000 grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust will improve the lives of 11,000 families in England and Scotland, with the roll-out of the Warmer, Healthier Children project.
National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS) are the key partners in the three-year scheme that will deliver training about fuel poverty to staff from family agencies and support groups for vulnerable families.
Warmer, Healthier Children will also control a hardship fund for people in need to help them pay off small debts or invest in energy efficiency.
Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive of NEA, said: “NEA estimates that more than one million children are living in fuel poverty in England alone.
“Warmer, Healthier Children aims to make a positive impact on the lives of families living in cold, damp homes, through vital training for support workers.”
NEA has already delivered a similar training project, making a difference to almost 15,000 households in England, with the help of a £70,000 grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.
Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said: “NEA has already made a huge difference to the lives of many across England, through its previous project – SMILE (Supporting More Independent Lives for Everyone).
“We are delighted it has joined forces with EAS to reach out to more children across Britain with the Warmer, Healthier Children project. By providing vital training about fuel poverty, the scheme will be an effective method of reducing the issue – especially when it’s directed towards organisations, like SureStart and Gingerbread, who work closely with vulnerable people.”
Expected Number of Individuals : 11000
Expected Number of Households : 480
Trustees Meetings : 03/06/2009
Funding Amount Approved : 59235