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Severnside win Big Energy Saving Grant

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Published by Kerry Stanley for Severnside Housing in Housing

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Severnside Housing is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £7,000 from the Big Energy Saving Network Fund managed by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Severnside will use the grant monies to train both their staff and volunteers from partner organisations to work with them in the local community to help their customers make informed decisions regarding energy efficiency and savings.

Once trained, staff and volunteers will go out into the community and deliver tailor-made Big Energy Saving sessions designed to help people reduce their energy costs by making informed decisions regarding differing payment options, tariffs, switching provider and taking up energy efficiency offers.

Local organisations including the Citizens Advice Bureau, Just Credit Union, Shropshire Towns & Rural Housing, Fairshare Credit Union, Shropshire Housing Group and North Shrewsbury Friendly Neighbours have already signed up to take part in this great initiative with some of the sessions being run in partnership with the Rural Community Council for Shropshire.

Although the Big Energy Saving Programme is targeted to help older people, people with mental health needs, low income families and people with budget management issues it will be available to anyone, including home owners and private tenants. 

Severnside has already started Big Energy Saving training and has an ongoing schedule of Training Events.  If you are interested in attending a Big Energy Saving Event please contact Sue Dell or Marianne Grant 0300 300 0059 or email community@severnsidehousing.co.uk.

Wendy Brookfield, Head of Community Services at Severnside, who won the bid, said “We are absolutely delighted to have received this grant money, from the Department of Energy & Climate Change, enabling us to help and support our customers and their wider-community.  

We are well aware that a huge amount of our customers spend a large proportion of their income on fuel bills and the impact this can have on people on a tight budget.  By training our staff and volunteers and working with partner organisations, we will reach as many people as possible, giving them access to energy efficiency advice and showing them that they do have choice when it comes to energy providers”.

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