Big Lottery funding for Canny Tenants project

Monday October 19th 2015

Big Lottery Fund

Some of Midlothian’s most vulnerable residents are set to benefit from a Big Lottery funded project focusing on preventing debt, managing household budgets and saving energy.

The environmental charity Changeworks will deliver the ‘Canny Tenants’ project over the next five years in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders in partnership with Eildon Housing Association, Melville Housing Association and Midlothian Council.

Thanks to a £494,180 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the project aims to bring about positive change for local people in the greatest need. This includes people who are in debt as well as older people and those who have been homeless or in the care system.

A wide range of support will be available ranging from home visits and budget management training, to help with using heating more efficiently and advice on cutting down on food waste.

Councillor Catherine Johnstone, Leader of Midlothian Council, said “I am really pleased that the Big Lottery Fund has chosen to support this project which will benefit some the most vulnerable tenants in Midlothian. The Canny Tenants’ Project will help tenants on a low income to eat well and stay warm in their homes.”

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