Our newcommunity project Young People with Energy is one of 40 projects awarded a share of over £200,000 grant funding from a regional fund supporting local communities throughout Yorkshire and Humber.
Social housing consortium Efficiency North’s EN:Able Community Investment Fund received over 90 applications for a total of nearly £411,000. Bids were received from a diverse range of excellent projects working to support the communities of social housing landlords throughout the region. Now in its sixth year of operation, the EN:Able Community Investment Fund has given a total of over £600,000 overall.
Our Young People with Energy projectwill provide one-to-one in-depth advice and support on managing energy costs to 16 young people aged 16-25 who are either leaving care, facing housing-related issues or moving into their first tenancies. We will work with North Yorkshire County Council’s Leaving Care Team and the Selby Hub to help individuals to save money in the short-term and to be warm and well over the winter, whilst also providing a longer-term understanding of energy use in the home and how this can be managed.
Project Leader Kate Urwin commented:“We’re so pleased to have received this funding that will enable us to provide in-depth support to young people, most of whom who are moving into their first tenancies. We really look forward to helping to de-mystify energy bills, that we all know can be a complete nightmare to understand, and to helping young people to access all the often hidden support that is available to help with heating costs”.
Efficiency North’s Social Value Manager Paul Mitchell commented: “The standard of applications was again impressively high this year, with strong competition for much needed cash from excellent local projects. Efficiency North generates funding through our professional services for social housing landlords. We’re very proud that our work has seen the funding pot grow year on year and that in 6 years we’ve trebled the total we’re able to offer. The people making a real difference in their communities, in so many ingenious ways, are vital to the region’s social and economic growth.”
For more information about the fund and a list of all 40 projects backed this year please go to: http://www.efficiencynorth.org/what-we-do/community-investment-fund/