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Community groups, who have received support from Northern Gas Networks’ Community Promises Fund, came together last week as part of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

Events were held for them to share their knowledge and best practice on how they can educate local people about energy saving, fuel poverty and carbon monoxide awareness.

The community groups were brought together as part of NGN’s community Promises Fund, which is now in its second year. The fund offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to third sector organisations and community groups with innovative approaches to delivering sustainable initiatives associated with Energy Saving, Fuel Poverty, Carbon Monoxide Awareness and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects across areas of the north of England served by NGN.

The events, held on Monday (19 February) at the St George’s Conference Centre in Leeds, and on Tuesday (20 February) at Seaham Town Hall, were supported by Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the north of England’s gas distributor, and Leeds Community Foundation (LCF).

After applying at the end of last year, the nine projects benefiting from the 2018 programme are:

  • Age UK, Gateshead
  • Citizen Advice, Newcastle
  • Community Voice FM Ltd, Cleveland
  • Hartlepower C.I.C., Hartlepool
  • Highfield Food Co-op, Keighley
  • National Energy Action
  • Stockton and District Advice Information Service (SDAIS)
  • The Canopy Housing Project, Leeds
  • Yorkshire Energy Doctor

Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), a charity dedicated to creating positive change in local communities, will distribute the grants.

Tom Bell, Head of Social Strategy at Northern Gas Networks, said: “Both of these workshops were a fantastic way for groups who have received funding, both past and present, to not only learn from each other and share knowledge, but also join-up and create partnership working that will fundamentally help residents in their local communities.

“Community groups, and local organisations, play a huge role in helping to identify and assist those who are in need and I’m very much looking forward to working with them on their exciting projects and their efforts to help make a difference to local people’s lives.”

Pip Goff, Grants and Programmes Director at Leeds Community Foundation, added: “The two workshops, in both Leeds and Seaham, were a wonderful opportunity for community groups to come together, provide help to one another and learn. We’re delighted to be working with NGN on this important scheme.”

Kath Harrison from DIAL (Disability Information Advice Line) in Leeds, who received funding last year, said: “The Community Promises Fund is not just a grant. It gives us the chance to meet with a vast network of organisations who have local connections with hard to reach communities.

“This connection allows us to share ideas and experiences, and most importantly, make a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable people.”

NGN will be sharing regular updates throughout 2018 via their website and social media channels, and showcasing some of the excellent work the nine projects will be carrying out.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.