AN advice service launched to help Wearsiders save money, energy and even set up new businesses, has celebrated its first birthday.
So far, Sustainable Sunderland has helped individuals and organisations in Hendon, Millfield, Pallion and Southwick, reduce bills and save energy.
Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the programme has set up seven new businesses to deliver its energy-saving messages, which, in some cases have got previously unemployed residents back to work.
“What is important about our programme is that we’re trying to help as many residents as possible save energy, but also help the planet at the same time,” programme manager Dean Huggins said.
The organisation has also been running events, including promotional activities in the Bridges shopping centre and have talked to residents in the East End, to discuss saving energy and reducing bills. It is now hoping to develop further, and is working with students from Sunderland University.
For more information, visit sbmen.org/SustainableSunderland.html