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Groups like the one above are eligible to apply for a £500 award from United Utilities as part of their Winter Warmth campaign.To apply see the the link at the bottom of the article.


United Utilities are hoping to spread a little extra warmth this mid – winter with a new £500 funding award aimed at community groups who bring cheer to their neighbours.

The group has developed the Bring Warmth Award to recognise those making a real difference to lives in Cumbria, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, with the emphasis on those groups and local charities which bring communities together, tackle loneliness and put a smile on local people’s faces.

The money will be awarded to a group in each of the five North West regions.

Fund organisers especially want to hear from charities and groups that partake in outreach training, workshops, tea dances, food banks, support sessions, home visits and community arts, who can all apply to be in line for the £500 award.

Louise Beardmore, United Utilities Customer Service Director said: “In the conversations we have every day with our customers, we know that they often rely on the goodwill and support of people in their own neighbourhoods.

“We offer a Priority Services scheme for customers who need a little extra help and support, and this new awards scheme is in the same spirit. We hope these awards will bring some cheer to the communities we work in.

“We want to help local organisations continue their fantastic work. The award money can be used to help groups with anything that improves local community life for our customers. We look forward to receiving some inspiring entries.”

The Bring Warmth Awards can be entered by any constituted group with an annual turnover of less than £50,000. This includes small groups and projects as well as more established community groups and local charities.

Information and an application form are available here:

The application deadline is March 31, 2017.Customers can also find out more about United Utilities’ Priority Services scheme here: A dedicated team is on hand to help