Power Partners funds fuel poverty organisations in wake of Covid-19

8 February 2021

CSE is delighted to announce that nine fantastic organisations have been awarded a total of £175,760 of funding through Round 4 of the Power Partners scheme.

The Power Partners community investment fund comes from UK Power Networks, the company that owns and maintains electricity infrastructure in the South East, East of England and London, and is administered by the Communities team at CSE.

The successful Round 4 organisations will be working across London, Kent, Sussex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, delivering initiatives that combat fuel poverty and support people in challenging circumstances by increasing their energy resilience in the wake of Covid-19. Particular groups targeted in this latest round of funding include: young carers, black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, refugees and vulnerable tenants in the private rented sector.

All Round 4 organisations attended a welcome webinar with CSE and UK Power Networks on Thursday 28 January. This session offered the new groups a formal introduction into the Power Partners programme, and an opportunity to network with their fellow fundees.

With this latest cohort, 38 organisations have now received funding through Power Partners. So far, after two and half rounds of the project, 9,236 people have been given advice, 947 frontline workers have been trained and £911,516 of financial benefits have been secured.

Graham McGrath of CSE said, ‘The Power Partners grant programme has been going strength to strength with each round and we are really excited to be working with such a fantastic selection of organisations this year who delivering impactful projects right across the UK Power Networks operating area.’

The Round 4 funded groups are ...

Groundwork London – Creating innovative engagement and training materials to more effectively reach, advise and support residents with communication challenges across all UKPN boroughs of London.

Advice4Renters – Leafletting campaign to engage with low-income private tenants living in properties with poor energy efficiency (rated E or lower) across the London Borough of Brent.

Imago Community – Upscaling of existing advice offer to include specific support around fuel poverty and energy resilience for vulnerable groups across Kent, Medway, East Sussex and London. In offering this advice, the project aims to make measurable improvements to the health and wellbeing of young carers and children and adults with complex needs.

Repowering London – Co-designing and delivering tailored energy training and advice services with and for hard-to-reach, vulnerable mothers and associated frontline workers/volunteers in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Groundwork South – ‘SPARK-PLUS’ will provide in-depth energy support to vulnerable and/or digitally-excluded groups living in Kent, utilising Groundwork’s innovative Green Doctor model to help them reduce their energy bills, improve domestic energy efficiency and ultimately move out of fuel poverty.

Energise Sussex Coast – Partnership with Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC) aimed at maximising the incomes of people living in fuel poverty in deprived areas of Rother and Eastbourne in East Sussex.

Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo) – Delivering energy advice via telephone and home visits to vulnerable households across Brighton and Hove.

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) – Partnership with Cambridge City Council to identify households across Cambridge suffering from fuel poverty.

Diverse FM – Forging a new team of multi-lingual energy champions to fight fuel poverty and increase energy awareness in and around Luton.  They work with specific vulnerable groups – particularly BAME communities with English as a second language and people experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19.

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