BRIGHT sparks at a community project have secured £35,700 to ease fuel poverty.
The Shiney Advice and Resource Project (Sharp) has been awarded the funding by the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, to help 2,000 of the most vulnerable people in the area.
The cash will be used to employ a part-time energy adviser to work alongside the welfare rights service the Shiney Row-based project already offers.
It will give out practical advice on energy efficiency through one-on-one meetings and a programme of drop-in sessions and coffee mornings.
Emma Frew, project manager at Sharp, said: “We would like to thank ScottishPower Energy People Trust for its support and funding.
“It will enable us to reach many more people in the area and target our help towards alleviating their fuel poverty.
“We have employed a part-time project worker with the funding, which will allow our clients to get the best possible information for their energy advice needs.”
She added: “Local residents can access a range of advice, information and services to improve home energy efficiency and during the course of the project many people will benefit from Sharp’s fuel poverty initiatives.”
Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s head of corporate social responsibility, said: “We’re very pleased to support Sharp and fund its Energy Advice Service project.
“People struggle with fuel poverty when more than 10 per cent of their income is spent on energy usage, and we work to alleviate this through grassroots organisations such as Sharp.
“Sharp already makes a difference to the lives of many people in the Shiney Row area, and we’re delighted that with the help of our funding it will be able to target and further develop some of this assistance towards alleviating fuel poverty.”