Changeworks has received £2,000 from the STV Appeal to support its work helping families to cut their energy costs and keep their homes warm in the year ahead.

Sam Mills, Head of Projects at Changeworks, said: “We are delighted to receive this money for a second year to support our work helping families to better afford being warm at home. We will use the award to provide reflective radiator panels and emergency radiators to those people most in need. This practical support will be particularly welcome at a time when Scotland’s cold weather continues, energy costs are rising, people’s incomes are increasingly stretched and families struggle to keep homes warm.”

Changeworks’ Affordable Warmth team provides impartial, in-depth support to people who struggle with the cost of keeping their home warm or are worried about their heating costs. Trained advisors work closely with people to help them get the most out of their heating systems, resolve billing issues, access energy efficiency grants and to choose a tariff option that’s right for the individual.

The STV Appeal is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland.  Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty (source End Child Poverty) show that in Edinburgh it is 21.1% of children. Changeworks is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in Edinburgh.