STV Appeal and ScottishPower Help Families Facing Fuel Poverty

Fuel Poverty

STV Children’s Appeal and ScottishPower Energy People Trust have today announced an innovative joint venture to support low income families facing fuel poverty.

The Capsule Fuel Poverty Project is funded by a £50,000 investment from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and delivered by STV Children’s Appeal with four charity partners in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire. The unique initiative is created to provide support to low income families who face the challenges of living with fuel poverty to the detriment of their health and well-being, aiming to deliver long-term benefit and sustainable change.

Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, and Norman Kerr OBE, Chair of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, visited community project Comas, one of the four charity partners, to meet with some of the families who will benefit from the service.

Working across multiple areas in Scotland, the Capsule Fuel Project will recruit experts trained in income maximisation and energy efficiency, who will offer their advice and guidance to every family wishing to participate.

The experts will work with each of the four charity partners to visit families in their homes, assess their energy use and offer practical advice to reduce bills. The service will also ensure that all families are fully informed of their entitlement to benefits and given advice on debt management.

The project is delivered in partnership with Comas in Edinburgh, a community development agency supporting people in the Dumbiedykes area of the city who are affected by poverty; Braes Children and Families Centre in Falkirk, providing practical and emotional support to lone parents and families in the local area, Foundation First in Renfrewshire, a project by Shelter Scotland designed to stop at-risk households becoming homeless; and Centrestage in Kilmarnock, which works with hard-to-reach groups in the community to foster confidence, teamwork and community engagement using music, dance and drama as tools.

Rob Woodward, STV CEO 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.”

Norman Kerr OBE, Chair of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, 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.”