More than 7,000 people in Aldershot, Farnborough and surrounding communities will be helped out of fuel poverty through a two-year project run by Rushmoor Healthy Living.
With the help of a £75,185 grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, the Fighting Fuel Poverty project is funding a full-time Energy Bill Advisor to help vulnerable families who are at risk of fuel poverty.
Working from community venues, the Energy Bill Advisor will hold one-to-one energy advice surgeries to help people make their homes more energy efficient.
This includes advising householders on any grants that are available for measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation and draught proofing and helping them to complete the application form.
The Energy Bill Advisor also runs energy efficiency awareness workshops in schools and other community settings and helps people to access other local services for specific issues, such as Citizens Advice for debt management.
The project is targeting local disadvantaged and vulnerable groups – with a particular focus on families with young children.
Rushmoor Healthy Living was established to address social inequalities in the communities of Aldershot, Farnborough and surrounding areas. The charity runs a number of programmes aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people of all ages, covering healthy eating, exercise and social wellbeing.
The charity also runs a mentoring project for teenage parents, provides activities for older people living in local care homes and supports military personnel with families who have recently left the services.
Expected Number of Individuals : 7200
Expected Number of Households : 2400
Trustees Meetings : 06/03/2008
Funding Amount Approved : 75185