Humber and Wolds RCC scoops national award

23 January 2015

Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC) is celebrating after their Greener Schools project has received a national Community Action Award.

The Community Action Awards, which are run by national fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas, recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency amongst vulnerable households.

HWRCC’s award of £1500 will help them to deliver their Greener Schools Project in East Riding of Yorkshire, which will raise awareness of energy use, cost saving and environmental impact to school children, families and the local community.Around 12,000 households in the East Riding of Yorkshire are experiencing the impacts of fuel poverty, which are exacerbated in rural communities.

Susan Oliver from HWRCC said: “We are delighted to win the Community Action Award for the work we are doing across the village schools of Eastrington, Airmyn and Bubwith. By involving local residents and businesses as well as pupils and parents we can increase understanding and change behaviour through a whole community approach.”

Maria Wardrobe, external affairs director at NEA said: “Families with dependent children make up 45% of fuel poor households in the UK. The work of agencies such as HWRCC is vital to help tackle the issue of fuel poverty and I’m delighted that they have won a Community Action Award. I would like to thank DECC and British Gas for supporting the initiative.”

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey said: “Across the country, people are creating their own local energy-saving projects, helping to tackle fuel poverty and warming more homes for less – and these awards are a testament to that good work.”

“We’ve already taken action to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy warmer homes and cheaper bills, with £2.15 billion spent on winter fuel payments this winter alone and installing energy efficiency measures in over one million homes.”

Christine Tate, head of corporate responsibility at British Gas said, “We are very pleased to support the very important work of National Energy Action. As the UK’s leading energy supplier, British Gas takes energy efficiency and sustainability seriously. This project is a great example of how important it is to teach the next generation about how we can all reduce our impact on the environment and inspire them to become future energy innovators.”

The next phase of the Community Action Awards is now open for entries. If you are a community group, charity, or third sector organisation and are running a project helping to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency among vulnerable households please go to http://www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-events/community-action-awards or contact nina.dunlavy@nea.org.uk.

Editor’s notes

  1. Further information on the Community Action Award 2014 -16 can be found athttp://www.nea.org.uk/campaigns-events/community-action
  2. NEA is the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity campaigning for affordable warmth in the homes of vulnerable people. For further details visit http://www.nea.org.uk
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