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Project dishes up for Energy Saving Week

6 February 2014

Award winning Big Lottery Funded project Manor House PACT (Prepare Adapt Connect Thrive) welcomed government ministers Greg Barker and Ed Davey last week with ‘recycled’ food as part of an event to mark the start of Energy Saving Week.

Manor house square

The project, part of Big Lottery Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably portfolio, uses food that local shops would otherwise throw away. Manor House PACT works with local shopkeepers, food growers and the community to source ingredients that would otherwise be wasted. The project aims to introduce people to new ingredients, teach practical cooking skills and make people aware of the impact of healthy eating.

Manor House recently won a Community Action Award from National Energy Action which was presented on Monday by Greg Barker MP, Minister of State at Department for Energy and Climate Change. The guests ate pastries and bread from Dunne’s bakery and washed them down with smoothies made from bananas, cherries, apricots, apples and oranges, all saved from going to the bins at the local grocers.

Presentation to Manor House PACT

Presentation to Manor House PACT

The project also runs a number of other activities for local residents, including home visits where they provide free advice and practical solutions to help reduce energy bills.

Big Lottery Fund Deputy Director, Shaun Walsh, attended the event:  ‘It was great to see, hear and taste the difference PACT is making in Manor House.  The 900 home visits made by their energy assessors is making a positive difference to local people’s energy bills and the way the project has brought together local partnerships is making a significant difference in the area.’

Local resident Faye Gokay said of her experience with the Green Doctors: “My energy advisor helped me make some changes to my flat and to think about how I can use less energy and water. The energy monitor is really helpful as now I can see how much energy I use day by day. I was really surprised when my next quarterly bill was down by almost £50 – these savings will make a real difference to my family.”

Communities Living Sustainably aims to learn how best to empower and support communities to live in a sustainable way and cope with the impact of environmental change. 12 projects have received a total of £12 million to help deal with the potential impact of climate change and build the sustainability and resilience of their local community. The programme involves every section of the community, residents, VCS, public and private sector, engaged in tackling the social, economic and environmental challenges associated with climate change.

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