Exploring energy advice and support in remote and rural areas

Start Date: January 2019
Completion Date: June 2019
Grant Holder: University of Salford
Main Contact: Danielle Butler, University of Salford
Email: d.e.butler@edu.salford.ac.uk

Summary

Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) supports households living in fuel poverty in rural and remote communities across the Western Isles, Scotland – an area in which an estimated 59% of households are affected. In 2018/2019, TIG will deliver the Gluasad Comhla (Moving Together) project, which draws on the principles and practices of social prescribing, working with health services and other local partners to deliver a joined up, holistic approach. This will involve home visits with ‘hard to reach’ households, enabling the provision of energy advice and information as well as efficiency measures.

Complementing ongoing doctoral research on the role of energy advice within the wider context of approaches to tackling fuel poverty and supporting those affected, the Eaga CT bursary will enable additional research: facilitating shared learning; developing and disseminating research findings; building professional links and identifying future research opportunities; and, working collaboratively to produce research-related outputs.

This additional work will be supervised by Dr Graeme Sherriff, Associate Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU, Salford University), who are also undertaking separate but related evaluative research activity as the research partners for the Gluasad Comhla project.