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Food, fuel and phones – Paisley Housing Association supports community

Housing association staff help local communities by providing essentials items. 

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After lockdown was announced, Paisley Housing Association said its staff swung into action to help provide people in its local communities with the essentials items they needed to keep going and stay connected.

Lorna Gilroy, Head of Housing said: “Our focus during the pandemic has been on getting funds that we can distribute to tenants remotely. We have been successful in obtaining approximately £29,095 of grants that provide food, fuel and mobile phone top up vouchers.

"There have been challenges with trying to roll-out the programme remotely, but we are working through these.

"We have also been successful in being awarded £49,975 funding through the Energy Redress Fund which will deliver a two-year energy project which will benefit our most vulnerable tenants. This project is due to start in September 2020.”

A tenant of PHA who received food and mobile top-up vouchers, said: “The scheme was excellent, I managed to get loads of shopping, and the mobile top-up helped me stay in touch with my daughter. I had no credit left, so I wouldn’t have been able to contact her for a week without this.”

The association said it continues to look for funds to tackle the long-term aspects of the impact of the coronavirus such as addressing mental health and debt advice. It would like to thank all of its funders who have recognised the association’s role as a community anchor.

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