The Limehouse Project has helped disadvantaged community members in Tower Hamlets save more than £100,000 since 2015.

The east London charity has increased the income of hundreds of families by £106,653.70 in total after it introduced its Switching Off Poverty initiative in a bid to help people develop long-term energy and monetary savings.

This has been achieved through a combination of providing access to unclaimed benefits, fuel debt assistance and energy efficiency measures.

The scheme was made possible after a donation of £34,593 from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust .

Limehouse Project director Farida Yesmin said: “This has been a hugely successful project. Thanks to the funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust we were able to assist 340 clients, which is 30% more than our original target.

“We have found this project is incredibly effective for those who are lone parents, living on low incomes or suffering from long term health issues.”

The Limehouse Project has helped 340 clients

This funding was utilised by the project to help Tower Hamlets residents track their household energy costs, maximise their incomes and become self-sufficient in making energy savings for the future.

ScottishPower Energy People Trust company secretary Ann Loughrey said: “The Limehouse Project is known in east London for the incredible work it does to help vulnerable households and support families with young children.

“Thanks to funding from the trust, the team there has been able to expand their services to provide specialist financial and energy advice.

“We are pleased to support this extremely worthwhile project and it’s encouraging to see such great results.”

The Limehouse Project was established in 1984 to provide assistance and advice to low-income members of society, with a focus on women, lone parent families and people who don’t have English as a first language.

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