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IT expert given warm welcome; Computer skills are put to use for to help vulnerable people I got my job thanks to the Evening Chronicle.

Byline: By DAVID OLD Industrial Reporter

IT EXPERT Sarah Chapman is using her computer skills to help people keep warm thanks to the Chronicle's jobs pages.

Sarah has joined Gateshead Warm Zone, a Government-backed initiative to eradicate fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency across the borough.

Having previously worked in Yorkshire for a textiles and plastics company, Sarah moved to Rothbury, Northumberland, and spotted the position of information and IT officer advertised in the Chronicle.

Her role will include coordinating huge databases needed to ensure that every household in Gateshead has the opportunity to benefit from Warm Zone's energy-saving measures such as insulation, benefits advice or practical energy saving help.

Sarah said: "I was looking for an opportunity to improve my existing IT skills by focusing on a database development area. I found this opportunity through the Chronicle and it matched my goals and requirements.

It's an added bonus to be working for an organisation that genuinely helps people."

David Connor, regional director of the Warm Zone, said: "Sarah has joined us at a really important time, helping us to deliver more of our free home insulation measures and more of our successful free and confidential benefits advice and claim support services.

"At a time when fuel prices have rocketed and with winter just around the corner, there has never been a better time to contact the Warm Zone and make sure your home is well insulated in time for the winter."

The Warm Zone is a not-for-profit partnership between Gateshead Council, The Gateshead Housing Company, Scottish Power and other parties, including installation companies and community groups.

So far, Gateshead Warm Zone has reduced fuel bills by more than pounds 2m and increased benefits by more than pounds 1.6m for the borough's residents.


IDEAL POSITION - Sarah Chapman says she is delighted to be in a role where she is helping people get out of fuel poverty
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Sep 18, 2008
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