A TEAM of energy champions is being set up to support Stockton-on-Tees’ most vulnerable residents.
The team, from Stockton and District Advice and Information Service (SDAIS), will offer all sorts of energy-related help to the people who need it most.
Due for launch in August, they will lend a hand with tariff switching and provide advice on benefits, energy grants, household energy saving measures and more.
SDAIS will run the pilot scheme in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council after securing funding from the national Citizens’ Advice Bureau.
SDAIS manager, Ian Bartlett, said: “As SDAIS is part of the Citizens Advice Bureau network, these champions will be able to give people free and independent advice that will help them move towards more affordable energy costs in the future.
“There are still many people who are spending more than they need to on energy costs or are cutting back on heating because they are worried about their bills. This service will give Stockton Borough residents the information and support the need to make the change.”
Councillor Mike Smith, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, added: “The Energy Champions scheme is a great addition to our existing work to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency in people’s homes.
“It will enable us to target and support those people who really need our help the most, reducing the amount they have to spend on staying warm during winter and with every penny saved going back into their pockets.”
The project will also see front line workers trained to refer their tenants and clients for fuel poverty help and support.
It also aims to create an ‘Energy Club’ to raise awareness of energy matters and promotions across Stockton-on-Tees.
To find out more about the Energy Champions project, people can call into Stockton and District Advice and Information Service on Bath Lane in Stockton, call 01642 633877 or email [email protected]