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SGN Safe & Warm scheme

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Join a network of community organisations providing support during the cost of living crisis.

Project duration: November 2022 ongoing

CSE is working with SGN to help create a network of community organisations that can provide much-needed support for people struggling with the current cost of living crisis. The scheme, which has been running since December 2022 and supports 34 organisations so far is being extended to 2024. Here are the organisations who have provided support under the scheme.

The aim of the scheme is to support people in high-vulnerability locations who are in need of help to stay safe and warm over the colder winter period. It provides funding and support for local initiatives helping customers with carbon monoxide safety and alleviating fuel poverty. An organisation the scheme has supported says

Most of our clients are on low incomes and feeling the cost-of-living rises very acutely. As well as experiencing energy and food poverty, digital poverty underpins their challenges in finding out accurate energy information and maximising their income to help offset the price rises. You are enabling us to reach people who often don’t present at traditional support sites – such as foodbanks – because of the associated shame linked to poverty.

Liz Crew, Chief Operations Officer/Director, TechResort

Grants of £10,000 to £40,000 are being made available to small organisations who are able to meet the eligibility criteria and are successful in their applications to the scheme.

Eligible areas

We’re looking for applications from the south of England and across Scotland where SGN operate the gas network.

The SGN area includes all of Scotland, Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, West & East Sussex, and Kent. It also includes parts of Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and the southern parts of London.

Please use the images below or use SGN’s postcode checker to see if you’re in the right area.

Eligibility

We’re looking for small grassroots organisations who:

Organisations who are successful in their applications will be able to demonstrate that they are able to provide help directly on, or make supported referrals for, all of the following:

Support for successful organisations

Successful applicants will be able to access a resources pack (aimed at supporting project staff and volunteers in their work with vulnerable customers), free training on carbon monoxide safety awareness advice, help with getting customers onto the priority services register, and the opportunity to join network meetings, collaborate with other organisations, and provide SGN with local insights to help shape future schemes.

How to apply

We’re no longer accepting applications for our 2024 round of funding. If you’re interested in the fund, please email sgncommunity@cse.org.uk and a member of our team will be in touch.

Organisations who have offered support under the scheme

Scotland:

Healthy and Happy (Cambuslang and Rutherglen – Glasgow)South Seeds (Glasgow)The Food Train (Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire)
The Play Center Glasgow C.I.C (Glasgow)Fifers for the Community (Fife)Merkinch Partnership (Merkinch)
REAP (Moray)Cumbernauld Poverty Action (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth)Glasgow’s Golden Generation (Glasgow)
Pilgrim Care (St Andrews)The Edinburgh Tool Library (Edinburgh)Argyll, Lomond and the Island Energy Agency

London and Surrey:

African Refugee Women Nzoto Ya Nkolo (Croydon)CDARS (Merton, Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston and Sutton)Newham-Refugee-Consortium-BOBOTO (Croydon)
CREW Energy (Merton)Hackney Association Youth Club (Mitcham)Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (Lewisham)
Community Links Bromley (Bromley)The Upper Norwood Library Trust (Lambeth and Croydon)The Sapphire Community Housing (Lambeth, Lewisham)
Flashy Wings Ministry (Southwark)

West and East Sussex:

TechResort (Polegate and Eastbourne)The Network of International Women for Brighton and Hove (Brighton and Hove)Worthing Mencap Society (Worthing)
Home-Start Arun, Worthing & Adur (Arun, Worthing & Adur)Status Education (Godalming)Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SASBAH)
Horsham Matters (Horsham)

Kent:

Children and Families Swale Community and Voluntary ServicesFolkestone Nepalese Community (Kent)
Canterbury District Volunteer Centre (Canterbury)Friendly Faces of Kent (Kent)

Oxford:

Oxford Churches Debt CentreHope Trust Oxford

Dorset:

Somerford Youth and Community Centre (Bournemouth)Citizens Advice East Dorset and PurbeckBournemouth Foodbank

Hampshire:

PEBL – Prospect Estate Big LocalThe Vine Centre (Rushmoor and surrounding areas)Wickham Community Association
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