Covid Energy advice

REAP are still here to help

As the situation around COVID-19 keeps developing, we’d like to reassure you that we’re still here to help with energy advice and worries. Our team is working from home and we’re not offering home visits for the time being, but we can still help with free and impartial advice about managing fuel bills, keeping warm and referring people to other help locally where we can.

Contacting us for help

If you or anyone you know is worried about their energy bills or struggling to stay warm at home, please continue to refer them to us as normal. We won’t be able to offer them a home visit, but can respond if you phone us or email. Please be aware this may take a day or two during the week and longer at weekends or on Fridays:

Ring our land line 01542 88 8070. If we can’t answer your call, please leave a message with your phone number clearly stated in the message and we’ll get back to you. We will call you back from staff mobile phones, not from the landline.

Email info@reapscotland.org.uk. Emails will be forwarded to our energy advice staff for attention – we’ll email you back unless you give us a phone number to call if that is preferable to you.

Home Energy Scotland are still running their free advice line too – call 0808 808 2282

See our Coronavirus info page for information on

  • Support for people on pre-payment meters
  • Saving energy when you’re stuck at home
  • General Coronavirus advice
  • Coronavirus scams and fraud

Take care and keep warm, best wishes REAP

REAP Office Closed

In light of the most recent UK Government advice, all REAP staff will be working at home/ remotely from Wednesday 18th March.
As a result, all home visits and public events are suspended from today and our office closed to the public.
However, we are still working to promote our aims of environmental awareness, tackling fuel poverty and connecting the community. We’ll be working in safe, creative ways to further those aims during these unusual times – do keep in touch via our website, email, Facebook and by telephone.
We will be able to provide free and impartial energy advice by telephone and email and will be checking the office number regularly. You can leave a voicemail by calling 01542 888 070 or getting in touch by emailing info@reapscotland.org.uk
Let’s keep safe, keep positive and look after each other!

Cooper Park Bi-monthly 14th March 10.30am-12.30pm

We’ll be tending to the edible beds in Cooper Park behind the tennis courts, beside the play park, this Saturday. Feel free to drop in any time to see what’s going on and find out more about the beds, or lend a hand and learn some practical gardening skills. All are welcome.

We run these sessions every other month so please keep an eye on our Events calendar or Facebook to see when the next one is and what else is going on. Events are free to attend.

Edintore Wind Farm Community Fund – Fund now open for applications

The deadline for the next round of funding for the Edintore Wind Farm Community Benefit funds have been set. Please not that applications can be received at any time before the deadline and applicants are urged not to leave it to the last minute. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Support is available to complete applications if needed and you are welcome to discuss your application and check eligibility with REAP staff before applying.

The deadline for complete applications is Thursday 28th May 2020 

Details of the criteria and aims of the fund, the areas of benefit and application forms and guidance notes are available here. Paper copies are available from the REAP office. 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Ecovillage Network Online Summit – free!

Our colleagues at GEN warmly invite you to join their ‘Communities For Future – Our Response to the Climate Emergency’ online summit February 1st to 10th February. The summit is totally free to sign up to and you can dip in and out as you wish. The list of speakers is impressive – they are leaders in their fields. See https://summit2020.ecovillage.org/ for more details and to sign up. Communities large and small can make a difference by taking action. 

Join people all over the world viewing these speakers and interviews. As GEN says, “If you are seeking inspiration and hope for the future facing today’s climate crisis, join now GEN’s Communities for Future Online Summit – Our Response to the Climate Emergency. The human presence on this planet needs to be and can be transformed – from destructive to regenerative – now!” On signing up you will be able to watch 3 interviews from the speakers below.

BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK 2020!!

This week is Big Energy Saving Week 2020 and REAP are holding various drop in sessions to offer free and impartial energy advice at the REAP Office in Keith, Moray Citizens Advice Bureau in Elgin and at a pop up café in Burghead.

 

 

 

For tips on how you can save energy, click here.

Hill of Towie Community Benefit Funding applications

The latest round of funding is now open, thanks to Hill of Towie wind farm developer, RES. 

Applications from constituted groups in the fund area of benefit are welcome and the next closing date is Thursday 12th March. Applicants must meet at least one of the fund aims, which are:

  • to improve the social and community life within of the area of benefit
  • to safeguard and improve the natural environment and promote its proper use

If you’ve never applied for funding before and need some help, or if you just want to check your plans or projects are eligible, please contact REAP for an informal chat. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the application process or how to fill in forms. You’ll find all the paperwork you need on the downloads page and paper copies are also available, just ask. 

Area of benefit map

The Hill of Towie Community Benefit Fund Area of Benefit

The area of benefit encompasses the parishes of Botriphnie (around Drummuir), Boharm (around Mulben) and Keith and Newmill. 

Festive Opening Times – and Waste Less this Christmas!

REAP would like to wish everyone a great festive season. Our offices in Mid Street will be closed from Thursday 19th December at 3pm until 9.30am on Monday 6th January. To help reduce waste this Xmas, have a look at our fun guide to less waste at this time of year. Best wishes to all!

Save waste at Christmas – All the joy without the guilt!

Did you know that across the UK at this festive time of year:

  • 6 million Christmas trees end up in landfill;
  • 2 million dinners are scraped into the bin;
  • Enough gravy is chucked to fill an Olympic swimming pool;
  • Enough tin foil is used to almost cover Perthshire;
  • 300,00 tonnes of card packaging gets used and often not recycled
  • 9 million slices of turkey (= 263,000 turkeys) get binned.

Wow!! But worry ye not – we can all do our bit for the planet without making it a Scrooge-like Christmas, in fact having more fun and getting creative. Here are some wee ideas that all the family can get stuck into!

Food

  • Keep and use leftovers – turkey samosas, mince pie ice cream or trifle, Christmas dinner pie, Christmas pudding crumble and Brussels sprout soup are just a few of many ideas! Check out these links:
    bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/christmas-leftovers
    goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/tag/christmas-leftover
  • Freeze leftovers – gravy into ice cube trays for future stews etc.; you can even freeze cream if you whip it first.
  • Cook less meat and veg but better quality (e.g. organic, local) – you’ll spend the same but get more goodness for you and the planet.
  • Brush don’t peel your veg (lots of nutrients are in the skin) or if you do, make veggie crisps from the peel!
  • Make sure food waste goes in your brown bin so it doesn’t go to landfill ; or better still compost it – contact us for help with this.

Presents and decorations

  • Make presents – show your love by making your own biscuits, jams and chutneys (reusing jars too) or craft There’s loads of recipes and ideas online. The personal touch goes down a storm!
  • Pre-loved presents loads of barely used second-hand gadgets and kitchenware are out there online – save your wallet and
  • Reduce packaging – look for presents with less packaging and with no non-recyclable packaging (e.g. polystyrene inserts)
  • Or buy someone an experience, whether it’s gin tasting, theatre tickets, whale spotting or a massage.
  • Unwanted gifts why not sell or donate something that’s sat unused in your cupboard from last Christmas
  • Wrapping paper – scrunch it and see – if it unfolds when you open your hand it can’t recycled. Avoid glittery and metallic paper
  • DIY wrapping – have fun reusing your favourite magazines and comic books or even funny newspaper Use ribbon or string rather than sticky tape. Reuse gift bags and boxes.
  • Cards – make your own , buy cards made from recycled paper, or send e-cards – especially your own design with a lovely photo
  • Christmas crackers – 40 million get pulled and go straight in the bin, with non-recyclable plastic toys and glittery Do we really need them? Or search for retailers (e.g. John Lewis ) with greener ones.
  • DIY decorations – get creative! Look online for ideas like bunting from old Xmas cards or baubles from old light bulbs, and natural decorations rock! Deck the halls with boughs of holly…and ivy, mistletoe and pine Make a wee tree from twigs and decorate with orange slices. Let your imagination run riot! Check out Pinterest
  • Keep reusing decorations and artificial trees as they can’t be recycled. There are loads of second-hand bargains on eBay etc
  • Recycle – your real Christmas tree (or buy a pot one) and batteries as well as the cans, bottles, wrapping, cards and packaging!

More Ideas!!

www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/our-tips-waste-free-christmas
www.changeworks.org.uk/news-and-events/blog/kiris-top-tips-for-a-waste-free-christmas www.countryliving.com/uk/homes-interiors/interiors/a1064/ways-to-avoid-waste-this-christmas/ www.countryliving.com/uk/create/craft/how-to/a956/country-inspired-christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas/ www.recyclenow.com/news/2019-10-23-plan-less-wasteful-christmas

Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund generates more local grant funds

The Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund has awarded almost £50,000 of funding for local projects and groups in the Keith area. The latest round of funding saw 10 local organisations boosted by grant awards totalling £44,585.02

Applications must benefit community/social life or the natural environment of Boharm, Botriphnie, or Keith and as usual, applications covered diverse projects and plans. This round featured funding for a defibrillator, health & wellbeing sessions, Christmas lights and summer flowers, as well as other improvements to community spaces.

One of the beneficiaries of this funding round is the Loft Youth Project in Keith, who received money for sessional youth worker time. Their application made a strong case for the social benefit of investing in young people

Project Manager Sharon Duncan said, “We are over the moon to receive this much needed additional funding. The services we provide are in greater demand than ever. They range from running small groups for young people who need some intensive support, to transition groups that have proved to be very effective in helping primary seven pupils with the move to secondary school. Being able to fund extra staff hours will help us meet all these needs and continue to invest in our local young people.”

Beneficiaries for this round of funding were:
Mulben Picnic Committee – £7,920 to remove a derelict building from the playpark site
Keith 50+ Group – £500 for health and wellbeing outings and activities
Drummuir & Botriphnie Community Trust – £17,428.38 to level and resurface the hall car park and £900 towards plants and additional planters for ‘Drummuir in Bloom’
Rrrrallye Team – £344.00 towards venue hire for their annual Fun Day and Car Show
Keith in Flower – £3,700.00 for additional planters for ‘Keeping Keith in Flower’
Boharm Public Hall – £1,866.99 for a 24/7 public access defibrillator at the hall
Keith Golf Club – £3,750.00 for a rough cutting roller mower
The Loft Youth Project – £6,012.51 for additional sessional staff
Keith Community Council Christmas Lights Committee – £2,163.14 to refurbish lights

The Hill of Towie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund was set up by RES, operator of the 21-turbine site near Drummuir, to support groups and projects that benefit Boharm, Botriphnie and Keith. Since it was established in 2012, the fund has awarded 148 grants totalling £ 637,395.

The deadline for the next round of funding is Thursday 12th March. The Decision Making Panel is always keen to hear from new applicants. You can talk through ideas and check eligibility, with the friendly staff at REAP. Get in touch by calling 01542 888 070 or emailing info@reapscotland.org.uk. Fund application forms and guidance notes are available for download on the REAP website and paper copies are available on request.

Energy Advice drop in sessions

Jenni from REAP is out and about the next few weeks. She’ll be on the Information Bus in Elgin and at 2 Quarriers Carers’ Cafes – one in Elgin, one in Forres. Details are on the Events page or you can keep up with us on Facebook

We can offer free and impartial energy advice to households in Moray- from understanding your bills, checking you’re on the best deal, help with your heating controls, energy saving at home and advising you about any grants and loans.