FAMILIES who have sought refuge with Inverness Women’s Aid are now set to benefit from funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.
The Trust has awarded a grant of nearly £17,000 to the Highland charity to help with its new energy efficient white goods initiative.
The donation will enable Inverness Women’s Aid to help the anticipated 30 families they will re-house over the next three years.
Families who go into refuge are very often on very low incomes. This project aims to provide energy efficient cookers, washing machines and fridge freezers to those who have been allocated their own tenancies after leaving their homes due to domestic abuse and to alleviate hardship and educate on energy efficiency to low-income families.
Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said:
“We are delighted to be able to assist this project. We have been long time supporters of Inverness Women’s Aid and the invaluable work they do with vulnerable people during such a difficult time in their lives.
“As well as providing essentials for families who are to be re-housed and setting up on their own, the energy efficient goods and advice they will be receiving will encourage wise energy use.
“The Trust is something special as it helps end fuel poverty by providing financial assistance to charities and not-for-profit organisations who deal directly with individuals affected by it.”
The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was established in November 2005 to fund not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.
When complete, the Energy Efficient White Goods Project is expected to help at least 30 families over the next three years this figure may be as many as 60.
Catherine Russell, from Inverness Women’s Aid said:
“The ScottishPower Energy People Trust funding has had a huge impact on the lives of the women and children whom Inverness Women’s Aid support at a time when is really needed.”
So far, the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has awarded over £7m to 148 projects helping over 824,000 individuals in over 620,000 households throughout Britain