Changeworks met up with funder The ScottishPower Energy People’s Trust and delivery partner Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI) to discuss the progress of new project Heat Heroes for Families.

Heat Heroes for Families kicked-off in April, thanks to a £49,982 funding boost from The ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Over the next year the team will reach out to an estimated 355 families with children under the age of 16 and help them access affordable warmth through a structured programme of energy advice and financial guidance. Together with CHAI, Changeworks will help parents maximise their household income, by accessing energy efficiency measures and unclaimed benefits.

Sam Mills, Head of Projects at Changeworks said, “Support from ScottishPower Energy People Trust enables us to provide direct support to families in most need in Edinburgh. In partnership with the Community Help and Advice Initiative, our specialist advisors and trained volunteers give families practical energy efficiency advice, access to benefits and income maximisation support. Heat Heroes for Families helps people to reduce their heating and electricity bills, maximise household budgets and keep their homes affordably warm.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee, ScottishPower Energy People Trust said: “The Trust is pleased to be working with Changeworks yet again to help the team there deliver a really beneficial project to help some of the most vulnerable families across Edinburgh. It was great to meet with the staff today and see first-hand the impact the project is already having within the local community, just three months in.”


Photo (L-R): Sarah Livingstone, CHAI, Rebecca Bentley, Changeworks, Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower Energy People Trust, Elli Wilson, ScottishPower Energy People Trust, Kirsten Cook, Changeworks, Jim Henderson, CHAI