Sandra White MSP Calls On Local Authorities To Bid For £11m Energy Efficiency Funding

SNP MSP SANDRA WHITE CALLS ON LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO BID FOR £11M ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUNDING

Sandra White MSP has encouraged Glasgow City Council to apply for a share of the Scottish Government’s £11m fund to deliver energy efficiency improvements to homes, businesses and public buildings and community projects.

The second wave of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) pilot fund will help local authorities test new and innovative energy-saving approaches which can then be taken forward when SEEP is rolled out fully in 2018, once the Scotland Bill brings further devolution of energy efficiency powers.

SNP MSP Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin said:

“The Scottish Government’s £11m funding pot to help improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses and public buildings in Scotland is a great opportunity for local communities, supporting local projects that build on the successful work already carried out and ensuring Scotland leads the way in energy efficiency.

“I am calling on Glasgow City Council to submit proposals on how they’d use this funding to help meet local energy needs more efficiently and at a lower cost, whilst also helping tackle climate change.

“The SNP Government has delivered almost one million energy efficiency measures to almost one million Scottish households since 2008 and invested more than £650 million over the last eight years.  I’d encourage as many communities as possible to come up with their own proposals to make use of this vital funding to help transform energy efficiency in their area.”

Sandra Welcomes Youth Volunteering Uptake

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin has welcomed recent research from Volunteer Scotland  which highlights striking findings on youth volunteering in Scotland:

Findings show that more than half of young people volunteered in the last year, compared to only 27% of adults, and that a further 21% would like to in the future – a figure reflected across deprived and least deprived areas.

Volunteering participation by those young people with a physical or mental health condition is greater than young people generally (61%), however research highlighted areas for development with less volunteering occurring in 2016 by boys and in urban post-school environments.

Commenting on the findings, Sandra White MSP said: “This research highlights Scotland’s fantastic youth development and volunteering achievements; with more than half of young people undertaking volunteering which will benefit them and their communities.”

“I would like to welcome Volunteering Scotland’s efforts on this important cause and encourage all in Glasgow Kelvin to take up this volunteering call!”

Details of Volunteering Research can be found at: http://www.volunteerscotland.net/policy-and-research/research/young-people-and-volunteering-in-scotland-2016/

Sandra supports home heat energy efficiency event in Glasgow Kelvin

The Scottish Government funded free and impartial energy advice service, Home Energy Scotland will run an event helping to restore warmth to historical homes.

The free event will be held on Monday 20th February 2017 at 5pm-7.30pm at Hillhead Library, and is open to anyone living in a historical property such as tenement or period home who finds their home hard to heat, or keep warm.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restore-warmth-to-your-historical-home-tickets-30321491397

Sandra White MSP said, “I am very pleased to support this fantastic event which will help people to keep their houses warm and improve energy efficiency.

I would encourage all in Glasgow Kelvin to consider attending this event. to find out how they can save money, improve the environment, and improve the heat in their homes.”

Home Energy Scotland has brought together a number of industry specialists to offer help and guidance, and who will cover all elements of energy conservation and heat loss including glazing, draught proofing and insulation.

Expert speakers include Dr Moses Jenkins from Historic Environment Scotland, Home Energy Scotland’s Technical Specialists and local owners who have already implemented energy efficiency measures in their homes and are happy to share their experiences.

After short informative talks that will include information out about technical support and funding available to help improve energy efficiency, you will have the chance to meet and speak with the specialists on hand.

Home Energy Scotland provides free, impartial advice to help lower energy bills and carbon emissions. Find out more at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland

Postcode Lottery Funding for Charities in Glasgow Kelvin

From today local charities can apply for the latest funding round for funds raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Funding will be allocated through three Trusts, which support different categories of projects. There will be two opportunities for groups to apply in 2017 (January and August) and £3 million will be available for each funding round.

Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin said, “The work of the People’s Postcode Lottery to support charities to deliver their work can have a real impact on people’s lives here in Glasgow Kelvin. With millions of pounds available to help on a wide range of issues I would encourage all local charities to make a bid for this funding and for all to make their local charities aware of this opportunity.”

People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability and volunteering initiatives. Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

The application process is simple. The first round – which opens from 23 January until 10 February 2017 – starts with organisations being encouraged to submit an ‘expression of interest’ form. Charities will then be shortlisted to complete a full application for funding.

In August, interested groups and organisations can apply or re-apply when a second pot of £3million will become available. The maximum a project can receive is £20,000.

For more information on how local charities can apply please visit the following websites: www.postcodetrust.org.uk, www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk, www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk.

Celebrating Scotland’s History and Heritage

“I was pleased to support the Spirit of Scotland campaign promoting Scotland’s heritage, I encourage all to take part in these exciting events and activities celebrating Scotland’s history.” – Sandra White MSP

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology begins on 1 January 2017 and ends on 31 December 2017 and will build on the momentum generated by the current 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design as well as previous years including Homecoming Scotland 2014.

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Sandra at the Spirit of Scotland event in the Scottish Parliament

Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will highlight and celebrate both our tangible and intangible heritage – our buildings, visitor attractions, archaeological sites as well as our diverse stories, traditions and culture, all with a focus on engagement and participation.

More info at http://www.visitscotland.org/business_support/advice_materials/toolkits/yhha/about_yhha.aspx