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Connecting with Communities Electrical Appliance Initiative

Posted 14th Mar 2024 · News

From funding CFINE received through the Aberdeenshire Council Tackling Poverty & Inequailities Winter Challenge Fund, 135 households have benefitted from receiving an electric appliance to help reduce their energy bills. These 135 households consist of 229 adults and 56 children. Six locations were specifically targeted – Banff, Macduff, Turriff, St Combs, Inverallochy/Cairnbulg and Edzell Woods.

Alongside the appliance, customers also received a cook book, spice packs and a cooking spray to get them started. Customers who requested appliances were able to select from an electric frying pan, a slow cooker, an air fryer, or a hand blender depending on which they felt would be most beneficial to their household.

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I do want to say a massive thank you to all that Stephen and the team do for us at Edzell Woods. I know that many people and myself rely on the van heavily every week. I dread the day it stops. I collect for 2 of my neighbours and I know that they both appreciate it too
Resident - Edzell Woods
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Can I take this opportunity to say how good you are? I rely on your food, both fresh and free and my pension would not go so far without you. You are all very much appreciated, especially those who come with van, they always have smiles and patience for us
Resident - Macduff
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The CFINE van is excellent and I look forward to it every fortnight now! The staff are friendly and pleasant on each and every visit occasion. I think CFINE do an excellent job and are a very much needed service for the local people who are struggling to afford food at the local shop. Where I live there is at present only the one small convenience store within a 5 minute walk of my house. It is very expensive even if the items have been reduced! CFINE also gave me a hand blender which I intend to use to make desserts and smoothies etc. I do hope it can continue to receive the funding it needs and it so deserves for creating a much needed service
Resident - Macduff
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The service you offer is amazing and helps me to cope in these financial hard times. I must also thank you for the electric pan which will help tremendously with my energy bills
Resident - St Combs
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This is an amazing service. We are pensioners who are on border line for help so the food we get from you helps our budget go that bit further. Thanks also for the lovely slow cooker
Resident - Macduff
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We really appreciate the service and believe in recycling food as much as possible to eliminate waste. We are grateful to everyone involved in the service, giving their time to help others that may be struggling in these difficult times
Resident - Edzell Woods
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The service is vital to our family and we would be lost without it. The staff that run it take the time to listen if we're struggling and really go out there way to help. The electric appliances were of great help also as we couldn't afford to buy one and its helped to keep our electric bill down. This service to our family deserves a 10 out of 10 its amazing.
Resident - Turriff
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This service has been a godsend for me and I am sure a lot of people on the estate. Having no shops on the estate and fuel prices high you help so much. Also the electric appliance service was fantastic so thank you so much for that
Resident - Edzell Woods