Focus on saving families cash

Halifax Oppertunities Trust board members at the achievements celebration event at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.
Halifax Oppertunities Trust board members at the achievements celebration event at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.
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AN anti-poverty charity has vowed to continue improving the lives of families in the Park Ward area of Halifax.

The Halifax Opportunities Trust has faced difficult challenges but the focus for its ninth annual meeting was to shape a better future for families.

Chief executive Barbara Harbinson said the trust was looking for new and innovative ways to save families money.

“Which is why in the coming year we will focus on championing sustainability – some see it as saving the environment, but I see it as saving on each and everyone’s household bills and putting money in the pockets of families that need it most.”

Chairman Mohamed Aslam said times had been hard.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is longer than maybe we first thought.

“What is important to remember is that we will get there.”

Guest speaker David Morrell, head of sustainability at Marshalls, stressed the importance of sustainable living.

“We need to think about the environment,” he said.

“The way we live our lives today is not sustainable going forward.”

The Halifax Opportunities Trust operates through the subsidiary companies of Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre as well as supporting the Jubilee Sure Start Children’s Centre.

A new staff incentive focusing on energy monitoring was announced at the meeting in the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax.

If staff sign up to an energy awareness scheme they will receive free monitoring equipment and if they submit results of energy monitoring they will be repaid with an extra day’s holiday next year.