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Warmth and peace brought to Tottenham youth centre

Young people and staff will no longer have to wear coats indoors during the winter at a Tottenham youth centre, thanks to a new power grant.

From Press releases - 21 August 2019 12:00 AM

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Double glazed windows will also mean neighbours of the ARCA centre will have a quieter time as it will insulate sound at their Tottenham building. The charitable organisation will also be able to save money, rather than spend it on keeping the heating on all day because of draughty windows.

ARCA has been given more than £6,500 from UK Power Networks, which delivers power to London homes and businesses, in the company’s first Power Partners awards, to cover the cost of the new double glazing.

The double glazing will mean the centre, which offers support, guidance and mentoring to more than 400 vulnerable young people, can open for longer hours and not have to rely on extra heaters during a bad winter.

ARCA trustee Flaminia Ronca said: “We play football outdoors with the youths three times a week, and then always return to our centre for a hot meal. During the cold winter days the kids tend not to stay long because they are unable to fully warm up even inside the centre. The same situation exists for the English courses, where students often complain of the cold environment, which either results in us increasing the power and time of the heating, or seeing beneficiaries remain home during the winter.”

Flaminia said the double glazing also provides sound insulation allowing them to increase the range of activities they offer. Neighbours of the centre had complained about noisy activities, which included students having music lessons on guitar or piano. Previously young people used to stay at the centre until late listening to music but the music programme had to be cancelled due to neighbours’ complaints and many of them have now spent “considerably less time” at the centre. With new windows the centre can once again offer an alternative to evenings on the streets.

Launched earlier this year, Power Partners aims to support organisations that work to alleviate *fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat. It is giving £300,000 a year in total, to community organisations across London, the South East, and East of England.

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.

“ARCA will be putting the money to excellent use by delivering a project that will make a lasting contribution. 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 second round of donations is currently being finalised, and future opportunities will be announced in 2020 at https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1356
*Fuel poverty is measured using the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator; a household is considered to be fuel poor if:
• they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level)
• were they to spend that amount, they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line