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Funding boost helps deaf and blind community in Bury

The deaf and blind community in Bury St Edmunds will have greater access to advice about power and reducing energy bills, thanks to a £9,950 grant from UK Power Networks’ Power Partners scheme.

From Press releases - 6 November 2019 12:00 AM


Groundwork East applied for the power company’s help to communicate with deaf and blind people in Huntingdon and Peterborough, and the charity will organise events and frontline training in partnership with the DeafBlind UK charity.  
UK Power Networks has already awarded more than £368,000 to 24 groups, to help them become more energy efficient (by making their buildings warmer and cheaper to heat) or train community advisors to provide practical advice to residents in fuel poverty.

Anna Martin, operations manager for Groundwork East in Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk, said: “It is great to be able to reach out to more people in need to help them in what can be a challenging and difficult situation.

“Groundwork will extend this vital service, offering tailored support, to reach those who may not usually access such services.”

Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “After a highly successful first round of Power Partners funding, we are delighted to award Groundwork East one of our grants for what is a vital project.

“Our Power Partners are already helping to create positive change for individuals and communities most in need, with the help of our funding and having worked with Groundwork East before, we are sure they will reach out to the people who will benefit most from this support.”

Power Partners will reopen for more applications early next year. Visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy for updates and more information