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UK Power Networks helps residents take steps towards a cheaper, greener future

Wandsworth residents are to be offered the services of a ‘Green Doctor’ – to help them live a greener, cheaper lifestyle, thanks to a grant from a £300,000 community fund.

From Press releases - 5 September 2014 12:00 AM

Wandsworth residents are to be offered the services of a ‘Green Doctor’ – to help them live a greener, cheaper lifestyle, thanks to a grant from a £300,000 community fund.

Groundwork London, a charity which champions more sustainable living in the capital, successfully applied for £10,000 from UK Power Networks to deliver a series of green seminars and nature conservation days in Wandsworth.

Groundwork’s Green Doctor service is designed to help people keep their homes warm and reduce their fuel bills and energy use. The project will offer advice on energy efficiency, explaining how to access grant funding for improvements and providing support on recycling, composting and water use.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to eight million people in East Anglia, London and the South East. Through the Power of Giving fund, it aims to contribute to community projects, particularly those which enhance energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

The £300,000 Power of Giving fund is allocated in equal measure to the three areas that UK Power Networks covers, so schemes in London are eligible for £100,000 of the total fund.
Thanks to the cash injection, Groundwork will also be able to deliver a series of nature conservation activities for young people in the borough, at Naturescope the recently-reopened nature studies centre on Wandsworth Common. Local schools and youth groups will be invited to visit the centre and take part in outdoor learning experiences, including pond dipping, wildlife and plant identification, mini beast hunts and habitat and den building.

Matt Rudling, UK Power Networks director of customer services, said: “We are delighted to award this money. Community projects, such as the one set up by Groundwork London, 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.”

Linda Kelly, Executive Director for Groundwork London, said: “With the continued rise in fuel bills and other living expenses in London, our Green Doctor services have never been so important. With the Power of Giving Grant we are pleased to be able to offer Green Doctor seminars to residents in Wandsworth for the first time.”

Katrina Baker, Area Manager at Groundwork London, said: “We are extremely excited to be given the opportunity to deliver ‘The Power of Learning’ - Groundwork’s first energy awareness and conservation programme to be held at Naturescope. It will be an amazing way to launch our schools and families programme which will provide essential learning and behavioural change advice for local people.”
Any local group based in the areas that UK Power Networks covers, can apply for a grant from the company’s Power of Giving Fund, providing they fulfil one of the following criteria:
• A registered charity
• A not for profit community organisation
• A parish or town council
• A social enterprise
• A not-for-profit educational establishment