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Home » Projects » HEAT Rattray and the Glens

HEAT Rattray and the Glens Project

HEAT Rattray will reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions in the PH10 7 post code area. We will deliver the outcomes with input from 3 core staff and Facilitators contracted to carry out specific pieces of work, managed by a Management Group operating as a sub-group of The Ericht Trust and in partnership with Mount Blair Development Trust. Activities will include:

  • Home energy assessments.
  • Reports and follow-up visits to support behavioural change and changes to the fabric of their home, advising on sources of help etc.
  • Referrals to funders to subsidise or meet the full cost of improving the energy efficiency of buildings.
  • Meetings with community groups to advise on behaviour change and facilitate the uptake of services.
  • Production and dissemination of leaflets about the services and ways to reduce CO2e emissions.
  • Run 4 Climate Conversation groups to equip participants with the skills to champion reductions in their community's carbon footprint.
  • Work with Primary Schools to promote carbon literacy in pupils and their families.
  • Follow up the survey work with Blairgowrie High School carried out in 2016.
  • Take up specific ideas generated by the community to reduce their carbon footprint.

A f/t Manager will lead on the above work, manage staff and the interface with communities. A p/t Energy Advisor and a p/t Book-keeper/Administrator will complete the team. Climate Change Facilitators will take on specific roles.

The team will be based in various locations including the Rattray community house and Community Hub and the Session House, Kirkmichael. It will work in partnership with existing community groups and resources including community shops in the smaller locations. The intention will be for the team to go out to where the need is but will have a base for storage of information in the Number 5 community house in Rattray.

The Ericht Trust will manage the service through a sub-group. Both Community Councils and Mount Blair Development Trust will be key partners. The Mount Blair Action Plan contains a section on reducing the community's carbon footprint.

Perth and Kinross Council has offered support in terms of funding, information and rent-free use of the community house at number 5, Davie Park, Rattray. Referral mechanisms will be developed.

Home Energy Scotland has offered training and support at no cost.

PKAVS has already given help in terms of advice on HR matters and organisational requirements.

This is one of a number of carbon reduction initiatives which have their source in the Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Climate Cafe: safe cycle routes, a solar farm, a community garden and a bid to create a low carbon transport hub in this area.

In terms of legacy, the team will work on behaviour changes across the communities and encourage groups and individuals to sustain changes. Climate Conversations and extensions to the Climate Cafe in Blairgowrie will create climate champions to carry on the work beyond 2018. Community groups brought together for the first time will continue to work together.