‘Energetic’ mums and dads wanted

The Footprint Trust is looking for young parents to be trained as….

Energetic Champions – the skills learnt in energy and water saving can be shared with their friends, family and neighbours. This will be achieved through free training sessions during the day, held in schools, whilst children are in education. Those trained can then signpost and give some guidance to their piers. Each school or pre-school taking part will have posters giving details of the ‘Energetic’ parents who can assist and mention the scheme in their newsletters.

The scheme, funded by The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, was launched at Newport CE Primary School in April this year as part of the school’s Green Day. Other schools wishing to take part should contact the Footprint Trust Energetic Project on 82-22-82. The Energetic project also offers free home visits and a helpline – giving guidance on energy and water efficiency.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary said:

“Fuel poverty affects millions of households across the country so any assistance we can provide through our Trust can really make the difference to families. This project which is being run by the Footprint Trust will be able to make a real impact on the lives of many families living on the Isle of Wight.

“We are pleased to be able to provide valuable support to the Energetic – Fueline for Families initiative and will be watching with interest to see how the project develops over the next three years.”

The Footprint Trust hopes that this scheme will help many families that are struggling to make end meet – due to high fuel bills and poorly insulated homes. The Trust can arrange for cheap or free cavity wall and loft insulation and knows of grants for new heating systems. Over the next three years the Energetic team aim to speak with about 1,000 parents and to intend to visit around 200 households. A further 2,000 families will be assisted by information in the public domain – such as articles and adverts in local free and paid for publications along with leaflets in schools, health centres and libraries plus interviews on the radio. In total some 5,000 people will benefit from the project. The Trust knows from experience that it can reduce a family’s bills by an average of £120 per annum.

This project fits within the Isle of Wight Fuel Poverty Action Plan, which seeks to remove all vulnerable households such as those containing older people, young children and people with existing illness or disability from fuel poverty by 2010 and take all other households out of fuel poverty by 2016*. The Isle of Wight has one of the highest amounts of unemployment in the South East. Those in work have some of the lowest pay in England and many of the jobs are seasonal. Isle of Wight wards feature in the indices of poverty. The Island also has some of the most inadequately insulated homes in the country.


Footprint Trust Tel. 01983 82-22-82 Ray Harrington-Vail

(* Isle of Wight Council 2006)