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Clacton charity benefits from becoming a Power Partner

Weeley Village Hall has a brighter future thanks to an £2,000 grant from UK Power Networks’ new Power Partners fund to upgrade its lighting.

From Press releases - 13 June 2019 12:00 AM

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The busy community building in Weeley hosts a range of activities from baby clinics to a dog training class, many with health benefits such as keep fit and Tai Chi.

The funding has paid for the introduction of energy efficient LED lighting to the venue to reduce energy consumption for the Clacton charity which owns it.

The replacement lighting will also help to keep the costs of bills down and hopefully avoid future charges going up to the many groups who regularly hire it.

Weeley is a rural village at the heart of the Tendring area which has high levels of social deprivation including child poverty making the hall a vital community hub.

UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distribution network, is awarding over a quarter of a million pounds’ worth of funding to help boost energy efficiency within local communities.

Launched earlier this year, the power company’s Power Partners community investment fund aims to support organisations that work to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat.
 
The fund, which is administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has selected 16 recipients from across UK Power Networks’ distribution area of the East and South East of England and London.

This first-ever round of funding with see £254,452 worth of grants distributed to recipients that include charities, community groups, and associations that promote energy efficiency.

Christine Hamilton, Acting Chair of Weeley Village Hall Committee, said: “We were very grateful to have received the grant which enabled us to convert to LED lighting throughout the building - much appreciated by all the hirers of the village hall.

“In addition, the conversion to LED means we produce less carbon dioxide, our energy usage is reduced and it enables us to keep our electricity costs down.”

Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “We had a fantastic response to our first round of applications for our new Power Partners fund and choosing 16 projects to support was quite a task.
 
“Weeley Village Hall has put the money to excellent use by delivering a project that will make a lasting contribution in providing extra help and support to some of our most vulnerable customers. We already serve at least 1.7 million people living in vulnerable circumstances by providing additional support and advice on energy matters via our Priority Services Register.

“We recognise there are more people who could benefit from extra help via our Power Partners fund.”

The UK Power Networks’ Power Partners scheme will reopen for more applications later this year. Visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) website for updates: https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1356