Lakeland Community Care advance swiftly in Power NI’s Quest

Friday, April 11, 2014

Belcoo based group Lakeland Community Care have taken a step closer to becoming Power NI’s energy saving champions after progressing to the sixth stage of Power NI’s Quest competition.

Power NI's Neil Coleman and Lakeland Commmunity Care's Adrian McGurn plot out the next steps of Quest.

Belcoo based group Lakeland Community Care have taken a step closer to becoming Power NI’s energy saving champions after progressing to the sixth stage of Power NI’s Quest competition.

Power NI’s search to find Northern Ireland’s most energy efficient community through the Quest challenge is giving six community and voluntary groups from Northern Ireland the chance to win £10,000 in renewable technologies for their area, with the first group to complete the ten energy saving stages  awarded the winning  £10,000 prize.

The other five finalists are Claudy Rural Development, Focus on Family (Coleraine), Cloughmills Community Action Team, Newcastle Yacht Club and Castlewellan Futures. Lakeland Community Care progressed to stage six after completing stage four and five in quick succession. Stage four required the group to attend Power NI’s energy saving workshop. Delivered by National Energy Action (NEA), nurses and staff who attended the course will now be able to pass on their energy efficiency knowledge throughout LCC’s five sites in Fermanagh.

The fifth stage required the group to source 30 homes in the area to have their boiler serviced through the Quest programme. The service will ensure boilers are working as efficiently as possible and can save homeowners up to 10% on their bill.

On progression to the sixth stage of Quest, Adrian McGurn of LCC said "We are delighted to be progressing through Quest and everyone at Lakeland Community Care is continuing to work hard learning about energy efficiency and spread the work throughout our local community. We would love to go on to win Quest to help towards our new care facility."

Project coordinator Neil Coleman from Power NI also commented on the group’s progress; "Lakeland Community Care has really embraced Quest and are making a tangible difference to the lives of their patients across Fermanagh". The next stage of the competition will see the group receive a £1,000 grant from Power NI which will be used to help local businesses become more energy efficient.