Partnering with local agencies

We understand that we cannot eradicate fuel poverty by ourselves so we work with local authorities, housing associations, voluntary organisations and others to provide integrated and complementary services.

Financial and funding partnerships

Sometimes a partner agency may commission us to deliver a service for them, for example we are contracted by East Lothian Council to deliver the East Lothian Energy Advice Service and partnered with Citizens Advice Bureau Leith to deliver Canny Budgeting Port of Leith.

On other occasions, we join forces with local authorities and/or voluntary sector organisations in a funding partnership. Examples include Canny Tenants, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Eat Well and Heat Wise, which is funded by Comic Relief and delivered in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service.

In 2015, with Energy Saving Trust and Everwarmwe set up Warmworks Scotland in a joint venture to deliver Warmer Homes Scotland , the national fuel poverty scheme funded by the Scottish Government.

We work in partnership with organisations which provide all sorts of complementary services, from housing, financial advice, employability support and volunteering opportunities to cooking on a budget courses.

Referral partners

Organisations which work with people who are at risk of fuel poverty – including disabled people, older people, people on a low income, young families, lone parents or people with health issues – can refer people to us for personalised support in staying warm and managing their energy bills.

We offer:

  • Awareness raising for key client-facing staff in the public and voluntary sectors
  • The setting up simple signposting or cross-referral mechanisms
  • Free home visits for householders, subject to project eligibility requirements (please contact us to discuss)
  • Accessible factsheets and advice packs
  • Energy workshops and Kitchen Canny food waste prevention workshops
  • Bespoke training to teams working in housing, social work, homelessness prevention, through care and after care.


“Changeworks… is an essential partner in improving clients' circumstances, effecting change and addressing issues such as health inequalities.”

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