£118k wind­fall for char­ity

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS -

A La­nark­shire char­ity is set to re­ceive a £118,000 cash boost.

The Wise Group is among 15 ben­e­fi­cia­ries to share a pot of £2.1mil­lion from the En­ergy In­dus­try Vol­un­tary Re­dress Scheme for their ‘en­ergy shred­ders’pro­ject.

And the pro­ject will use the funds to work with at­ten­dees from Men’s Sheds in North and South La­nark­shire, giv­ing en­ergy ad­vice to peo­ple, help­ing to em­power them to ed­u­cate the wider com­mu­nity.

The Men’s Shed con­cept was first launched in Aus­tralia in the 1990s af­ter it was recog­nised that there was lit­tle op­por­tu­nity for men, es­pe­cially older males, to forge new friend­ships.

The shed was recog­nised as a do­main where the typ­i­cal Aussie man would carry out tasks and hob­bies, like restor­ing fur­ni­ture, paint­ing or fix­ing gar­den ma­chin­ery.

From there, groups were es­tab­lished and the shed would be the hub where men would meet, so­cialise and ex­change knowl­edge and skills.

Since then, Men’s Sheds have taken root with pro­jects form­ing the world-over.

The Hamil­ton shed is open on Tues­days and Thurs­days from 10am to 2pm at Hamil­ton Ac­cies’sta­dium.

En­ergy Sav­ing Trust has awarded more than £2.1mil­lion to 15 char­i­ties across the UK as part of the re­dress scheme, which re­dis­tributes vol­un­tary pay­ments from UK en­ergy com­pa­nies.

Mike Thorn­ton, group di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at En­ergy Sav­ing Trust said:“this sig­nif­i­cant pot of money is be­ing in­vested in pro­jects and char­i­ties that re­ally make a dif­fer­ence in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Most of the pro­jects will run for the next two years and will re­sult in thou­sands of house­holds sav­ing en­ergy, money and liv­ing in warmer, more ef­fi­cient homes.”

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