Families struggling with fuel poverty across Central Scotland will get support through the new project
Families living in fuel poverty in Central Scotland are to get free expert advice and support to boost their income.
The Capsule Fuel Poverty Project will ensure families know how to reduce their fuel bills, get the best deals from suppliers and access the benefits they are entitled to.
The project will be delivered by four local voluntary organisations in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Renfrewshire and Kilmarknock and is being backed by the STV Children’s Appeal and the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.
Rob Woodward, STV chief executive and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “The Capsule Fuel Poverty Project is not about meeting immediate need but delivering sustainable change and we are extremely grateful to the ScottishPower Energy People Trust for supporting this innovative approach.
“Funding from Energy People Trust allows the STV Children’s Appeal to deliver a unique project with four of our charity partners. Practical help with energy efficiency from trained experts can help families to address the challenges of fuel poverty.”
Low income families where fuel poverty is affecting their health and wellbeing will be identified by the local organisations Comas in Edinburgh, Braes Children and Families Centre in Falkirk, Foundation First in Renfrewshire, and Centrestage in Kilmarnock. It aims to ensure they are better able to manage their energy costs in future.
Norman Kerr OBE, chair of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, visited Comas in Edinburgh with Woodward.
He said: “Our partnership with the STV Children’s Appeal has been incredibly successful. The Capsule Fuel Poverty Project is a fine example of the crucial role grassroots projects play in local communities and epitomises the Trust’s commitment to supporting vulnerable people across the country.
“Meeting some of the families supported by Comas today and hearing their stories firsthand has highlighted the positive impact the project has had on their lives.”