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Green Light for power grant

Young people who struggle at school are to benefit from a £5,000 cash boost given by UK Power Networks to an environmental charity.

From Press releases - 23 April 2014 12:00 AM

Young people who struggle at school are to benefit from a £5,000 cash boost given by UK Power Networks to an environmental charity.

The Green Light Trust, based in Lawshall in Suffolk, successfully applied for a grant from the UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund to help them build a new training room at its environmental education learning centre.

From a pot of £100,000 for the East of England the fund offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for community projects, particularly those which focus on improving the environment and saving energy.

The judging panel meets twice yearly and people are now being urged to apply before the next deadline of April 30.

The Green Light Trust helps people lead sustainable lives through conservation activities, supporting communities to enable them to restore and protect their natural environment, as well as creating and conserving woodlands and green spaces.

As part of its work, the trust runs an environmental education programme, which gives vocational opportunities to young people who struggle in mainstream schools.

An extra training room will mean that the charity can accommodate smaller groups or even give one to one support for those who need it, without having to use the larger main classroom.

Like the main building, which has won awards for being sustainable and eco-friendly, the extension will be developed to ensure a low-carbon impact to the environment, even down to using the wood from a local oak tree which was ready for felling.

Ashley Seaborne, the acting chief executive and programme director for Green Light Trust said:  “The generous donation from UK Power Networks has enabled Green Light Trust to sensitively extend its historic Foundry head office, maintain its carbon neutral status by incorporating modern products providing high insulation value and give participants on our outdoor learning programmes a warm and comfortable resource room for essential debrief, study and rest at the end of their challenging day.”
UK Power Networks delivers electricity to the doors of about eight million people in East Anglia, London and the South East of England through its vast network of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations.

UK Power Networks Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling said: “We are delighted to award this money.

“Community projects are so important, and require a lot of hard work and dedication from all those involved.

“The Power of Giving fund is our way of giving something back to the communities where we live and work.”

Full details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria and application form, are available on UK Power Networks’ website: or by writing to: Stakeholder Engagement Team, UK Power Networks The Power of Giving scheme, 237 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 6NP