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LEAP Wednesday Energy Advice surgery in The Carrick Centre, Houston

Our LEAP Energy Advisors Alan Vince and Alasdair Bryson are now available weekly in The Carrick Centre, Houston, PA6 7HD every Wednesday, 10am – 3pm.

All our advice is free, impartial, and we hope to find ways to help you reduce your fuel bills, save money and improve your comfort at home.

We can explain grants for insulation or energy saving measures you may be eligible for. We can also carry out a free Home Energy Check, Thermal Image and Draught Test of your home to identify cold and draughty spots.

Call in and have a chat with our friendly team!

LEAP Team changes

After years of fantastic service to our communities, Carol Gemmell decided to step down as LEAP’s Project Manager in April.

Carol leaves LEAP in fantastic health after helping to secure another year of Climate Challenge Funding for local energy use reduction projects, as well as another year of funding for the our Youth Engagement Programme (YEP!). Thank you Carol for all your hard work and dedication to LEAP.

We are pleased to announce that Carol is replaced as Project Manager by Scott Duncan, with Jen O’Brien taking up the new position of Deputy Project Manager. We are pleased to welcome Lesley Ritchie to our LEAP team as Community Development and Outreach Officer.

Yep! Logo Competition Results

Yep! Logo Competition Results

Congratulations to our Yep! Logo competition winner David Hill from Bridge of Weir attending Gryffe High School.

Our winner’s prize is the opportunity to spend a day with designer Niki Taylor of The Top Project in her studio, creating their own made to measure garment or alternatively a wonderful Dawes Bicycle to the value of £300.

David will be working in the coming weeks to professionally develop his final logo design with artist Harry Glen at Kuka Studios. Watch this space!

Our runners up are Ben Valentine (Johnstone High School), Alexandra Finnie (Gryffe High School), and Joseph Cameron (Johnstone High School).

A big thank you to all our entrants.

Click here for more information on our Yep! Programme designed and run by local young people.

LEAP Handyperson and Eco-shop – practical help to get you started

We’ve launched two new LEAP Services following your feedback from our recent extensive community consultation, for more practical help to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient:

LEAP Handyperson

Had a free Home Energy Check, Thermal Image or Draught Test and wondering where to start? Short on time or DIY skills? We’ve employed the services of two reputable local tradesmen with experience of draught proofing, energy saving and all those minor repair jobs around the house. Really no job is too small. Depending on your circumstances we may be able to provide this service for FREE. Please contact:, or Tel: 01505 612 034.

LEAP Eco Shop

If you’re a DIY enthusiast and ready to get going please do shop local and drop in to your local LEAP shop to pick up any essential supplies such as draughtproofing strips, caulk, chimney balloons, letterbox draught excluders, etc. We stock a wide range but if anything you need is unavailable we’ll order it in for you. All proceeds from the LEAP shop go back into providing more free local services for local people. Please also see our helpful ‘how to’ videos and tips: LEAP DIY Draughtproofing

If we can be of any further assistance please do let us know, and we’d love to hear how you’ve got on!