41 communities benefit from Resilience Fund

Communities across the north of Scotland are benefiting from grants totalling almost £265,000 to help them become more resilient and prepare for winter storms this year.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) Resilient Communities Fund is supporting 41 community groups across the north of Scotland to deliver projects to help protect the welfare of those most vulnerable, enhance community resilience facilities and improve communication during severe weather events.

The fund was established to support community groups, charities and non-profit making organisations in SSEN’s distribution network area, offering grants of up to £20,000 to successful applications. The fund is particularly focused on projects helping vulnerable or isolated people living in SSEN’s network areas to ensure they are supported during significant emergency events.

Lisa Doogan, Director of Customer Relationship Management at SSEN, said:
“Our Resilient Communities Fund is vital to help our communities better prepare and improve their own resilience plans to respond to whatever mother nature throws our way. As a responsible operator, by proactively supporting local resilience projects we can truly make a difference to the communities we serve and this collaborative approach is essential to support our customers during network outages.”

Included in this year’s fund awards is a grant of £20,000 to help PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) purchase Scotland’s first and only mobile adapted Changing Places toilet. This will allow a growing number of individuals with complex health needs use the toilets safely and comfortably at locations across the country.

Jenny Miller, CEO of PAMIS, said “We were delighted to hear we had been successful with our application to the SSEN Resilient Communities Fund. This has provided an incredible boost to the funding for our mobile changing places toilet.

“It will ensure that this mobile resource, housing an adjustable changing bench and tracking hoist, will support people with complex health needs to have their personal care needs attended to. We are looking forward to working in partnership with SSEN to support those most vulnerable during power cuts and emergency situations.”

SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund will also support The Scottish Flood Forum (SFF) with £20,000 to purchase a vehicle to assist flood hit communities in Scotland.

Paul Laidlaw, Community Resilience Manager at Scottish Flood Forum, said:
“We are delighted that we have secured funding and we look forward to working with SSEN on our project that will benefit many areas of Scotland including flood risk communities.

“The proposed SFF vehicle will support our work of delivering rapid support to flooded areas, by placing the SFF at the heart of the community so we can share our expertise and work directly with those most affected more efficiently; and help us in our aim of building resilience to future flooding in communities up and down the country.”

SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund will re-open for applications in 2018. To find out more about the fund, and for future announcements on the opening date of the next round, please visit ssen.co.uk/Resiliencefund