With a focus on preventing debt, managing heating and electricity costs and budgeting, Changeworks’ Canny Tenants’ project will mean some of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders’ most vulnerable residents can make their hard earned cash stretch a little further.

The latest grant from the Big Lottery Fund of £494,180 to environmental charity Changeworks will help bring about positive change for people in challenging circumstances. Over the next five years the Canny Tenants’ project will be delivered in partnership with Eildon Housing Association, Melville Housing Association and Midlothian Council.

Helping over 1,000 residents before they have to make heat or eat choices, the Canny Tenants project will support those most in need, including people who are in debt, older people as well as those who have been homeless or in the care system. A wide range of support will be available from home visits, budget management training, helping tenants to understand the best ways save energy and use heating efficiently and advice on minimising food waste. 

Sam Mills, Head of Projects at Changeworks, said, “We are delighted to be awarded this funding which will enable us to support people before they have to make heat or eat choices. With 20 years’ experience of helping people who struggle with the cost of keeping their home warm or who are worried about their heating or electricity bills, people we see are at their wits end. We’re excited and looking forward to be working with our partners to help make tenants’ confident in managing their heating, electricity and food costs to ensure the best start in their new home.”

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