Category Archives: LEAP

KLAS Care CiC Energy Efficient Family Centre opens with LEAP support

KLAS Care C.I.C Linwood Family Centre official opening took place this Weds 12th Sept.

We at LEAP are delighted to have been part of the journey to creating this beautiful eco-refurbished space for flexible childcare supporting Linwood families and the wider community. We started our joint working with KLAS Care on this project way back in 2016 securing funds through British Airways Carbon Fund and PureLeapfrog to carry out eco-refurbishment and energy efficiency upgrades to the former East Fulton Primary School Janitors house; the bungalow which KLAS Care obtained through council asset transfer after it had lain derelict for many years.

Through the skills and determination of KLAS Care directors Lesley Compston and Kirsty McKenzie; match funding and securing further investment against the initial BA Carbon Funding through LEAP meant the project could grow and add an extension to the building and transform it into the fantastic hub it now is, for childcare and the wider Linwood community. Well done all at KLAS Care C.I.C!

Don’t forget our LEAP Linwood Family Support Project offers free practical assistance focused on Linwood and Johnstone residents who are struggling with fuel bills and comfort at home. If you think you or someone you know could benefit from this programme, please contact LEAP in confidence via our contact form or call us on 01505 612 034.

LEAP Linwood Family Support Project

LEAP Linwood Family Support Project offers free practical assistance focused on Linwood and Johnstone residents who are struggling with fuel bills and comfort at home.

Supported through Scottish Power Energy People Trust, the programme aims to reach a minimum of 80 households in partnership with KLAS Care CiC.

If you or anyone in your family is struggling with fuel bills, health conditions, or living in cold, damp, or draughty homes  LEAP’s Energy team will carry out practical actions to help to improve your home’s warmth and comfort and save money in the long term.

The types of FREE practical energy efficiency actions LEAP can provide may include fitting draught strips, letterbox/ keyhole seals, chimney balloons, minor repairs (structural draught proofing), pipe lagging, tank jackets, window seals, secondary glazing, loft insulation including coombed ceilings or tricky areas, loft hatches, and introducing the use of low energy/LED light bulbs, power down plugs, energy monitors and radiator panels to reduce the energy used for heating and lighting in the home. 

If you think you or someone you know could benefit from this programme, please contact LEAP in confidence by email to via our website contact form or call us on 01505 612 034.

LEAP will consider and support everyone who gets in touch and if you are ineligible for this specific programme LEAP can provide other help, advice or referrals.

Cycle for Summer Challenge 2018

It’s the time of the year when everyone enjoys cycling, walking or low carbon travel.

At LEAP we’re running a 5 week Cycle for Summer challenge. Whether you are a regular cyclist, you cycle as a family or group, or you cycle on holiday or with friends, simply sign up for ‘Cycle For Summer 2018 Challenge’, pledge TO CYCLE and log your cycled miles or kilometres each week with LEAP.

As part of our work to encourage low carbon travel, we’ll count the miles participants have collectively cycled over the challenge period, share your cycling stories, experiences and photographs if you wish, and provide information on cycle paths and routes neaar you.

Cycle for Summer starts on 15th June and runs until 21st July this year and you may cycle for part or all of the 5 weeks. To sign up for the CYCLE FOR SUMMER 18 challenge or for more information, contact the LEAP team on 01505 612034, email and/or pop into our Bridge of Weir Office on Main Street.

To celebrate CYCLE FOR SUMMER and low carbon transport, we’ll also be holding a Bike Swap, a Guided Cycle and Cycle Maintenance Checks on Saturday 21st July at Castle Semple Loch in partnership with the Big Bike Revival, Clyde Murshiel, RT Cycles and Ride 63.

ReMode Launch Evening – this Friday 17th June 7pm

Join us at ReMode’s launch evening on Friday 17th June at 7pm, 39 High Street, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AB. Find out more about ReMode, our unique boutique, run by and for young people upcycling and re-designing youth clothing for their own designer label!

Get the latest information about ReMode’s plans for regular and free Mend and Make Do, Bike Maintenance, Film-making and other workshops for the wider community.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to confirm you’re coming along contact Gillian Steel at or call 01505 842 530.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Help us to Help you and yours


Are you, a family member, or a neighbour struggling with bills, living in a leaky damp, cold, home that’s hard to keep warm?

We can help.

We do free home repairs and actions to improve the warmth and comfort at home for those who can’t afford it and need it most.


We have already helped over 30 local people in our community with practical repairs and actions in their homes. Some examples include filling holes around doors and windows to cut out draughts, fixing and insulating leaky pipes, adding secondary glazing to single glazed windows to keep the heat in.

Our energy team are experienced and reliable and we also work with local tradespersons. No job too small.

If you or anyone you know might need help to make your home more cosy or make someone’s life easier please get in touch with us on 01505 612034, email: or click here. All enquiries are as always treated in the strictest of confidence.

What are Energy Monitors?

As part of the LEAP projects mission to save energy and save you money, we have a number of wireless electricity monitors available for free loan to members of our local community.

Energy monitors will tell you how much energy your household is consuming – they are small tabletop devices that help you find out how much energy you are using in your home and how much it is costing you.


Energy monitors are a great tool to help you change your behaviour and cut your gas and electricity bills. Energy monitors can show you the effects of leaving multiple appliances on stand-by too and according to the Energy Saving Trust, you could find that your energy usage drops between 5% and 15% in the first year of using an energy monitor – which could be a saving of £25-£75 on a £500 bill.

Next Steps in Saving Energy

We offer home energy checks as a free service to all local residents,home owners, private let landlords and tenants and council and housing association tenants.

Your LEAP home energy check is a review of your home energy usage. It only takes an hour and can save you money! We provide you with a personalised plan developed by us to advise simple inexpensive actions you can take to improve your home comfort and energy usage.

To arrange borrowing an energy monitor for a month or a free home energy check – just get in touch.

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.

Saturday 8th November events

So much going on tomorrow! Alasdair and Mike will be at the British Legion in Bridge of Weir from 10am – 2pm. I’ve just made up our lovely Fairtrade hamper for that event. If you’re in the area, pop by for a chat and a chance to win. Mike will be taking Car Club enquiries, so if you want to know anything about the Car Club in Bridge of Weir, or Kilbarchan, speak to him. The LEAP Yep! (Youth Engagement Programme) is also at the Craft Fair in the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch which runs from 11am – 2pm, with Cafe Forage and Recycle or Dye, and Yep’s first SWISH is being run, courtesy of Wear Love Swap. Phew!

Car Club in Kilbarchan – Special £15 Membership Offer


LEAP  Car Club is now in Kilbarchan. We have arrived  with a Ford Fusion based in the Ewing Street Car Park.

We are now offering a very special membership price of £15 for our first 15 members in Kilbarchan, a saving of £45 on the normal membership fee. If you are interested in joining the Car Club, or want more information as to whether a car club could be the option for you, then please get in touch with Mike Callaghan, the Car Club Coordinator at Mike will also be based in the Old Library Centre in Kilbarchan every Friday between 10am and noon, if you want to come along and have a chat or join up.

Remember – the £15 membership saves you £45 on the usual membership price and is limited to the first 15 members signing in Kilbarchan, so if you want to bag a bargain, get in touch!!

YEP! Foraging Workshop – 17th October

As a part of LEAP’s Youth Engagement Programme we are running a:

Foraging Workshop:
Friday 17th October
1pm – Meet at LEAP Office, 22 Church Street, Lochwinnoch.
Finishing approx 5pm

Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods will be leading a foray into nearby woods and hedgerows to forage for edibles! Concluding with a cooking demo and tasting!

This is a FREE workshop for young people, parents and those who work with the young.

To book a place or for further info please contact:

Gillian Steel (Youth Development)

YEP! Logo Competition for 11 – 18 year olds



YEP! LOGO COMPETITION for 11 – 18 Year Olds

LEAP have a new Youth Engagement Programme, and to celebrate we are running a competition to design a logo for the programme, YEP!

The programme offers a range of projects which aim to give young people green skills, a greater understanding of the ecology of our planet and the confidence to drive the YEP! programme themselves – deciding what they want to learn about and how.

There is a choice of top prize, which is to the value of £300. The lucky winner will either:

Have an opportunity to spend a day with designer Niki Taylor of The Top Project in her studio, creating your own made to measure garment.  This is a rare opportunity, not only to get your own logo design used by an innovative organisation but one to work with a highly experienced designer who runs an environmentally responsible business, and to walk away wearing a one off designer garment of your own.


Win a fantastic, brand new bike fitted to their size.

All 11 to 18 year olds who live in; Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Howwood or Lochwinnoch or who attend either Johnstone, Gryffe, Linwood or St Benedict’s High Schools are warmly invited to submit a design.

All applicants must register in order to receive the logo design brief and to submit an entry. All details of the submission process including the rules of entry, the deadline, decision making process and announcement dates will be contained in the brief, which can be obtained by contacting Gillian Steel at or on 01505 842530.

Updates will be added to the News section of our web page and our Facebook page – ‘LEAP – Local Energy Action Plan’ . Good luck everyone!

Electric Bike

Electric Bike

2014-08-14 10.33.14Fancy an alternative to driving, but think cycling is too much effort? Just need a bit of extra oomph when you’re cycling? LEAP have a new electric bike for members of the community to try out to see if this could be an option for you.

Our electric can be be hired free of charge for up to 2 weeks at a time, so you get a chance to see how it really runs. We provide the charger to charge it up at home and a helmet and hi vis vest. We only ask that you bring it back in the condition you got it!

Our new electric bike will also be at the Electric Vehicle launch on 20th September 2014, and if you would like to try it on that day, please bring proof of your address and we’ll let you take it for a short spin. We will also be taking names for those who want a longer hire of the electric bike.

To book the electric bike, please contact Diane at or on 01505 842530. You will need to provide proof of address and a deposit of £40 which will be returned to you when you return the bike.



Car Club Electric Vehicle Launch 20th September

EV full Old Simon (2)Car Club Electric Vehicle Launch 20th September 11am – 3pm at the McKillop Institute Lochwinnoch

LEAP Car Club will be launching their electric car, a Nissan Leaf at the McKillop Institute in Lochwinnoch on Saturday 20th September. If you want to find out more about the Club, the electric car, or be taken out for a drive, please pop along any time between 11am and 3pm. Our Car Club Coordinator, Mike and our Project Development Officer for Transport, Diane will be there to have a chat and take you out for a trip in the Leaf. After the launch, the car will be a permanent part of our Car Club and will be available for hire to members.

We will also be launching our Electric Bike that day, and allowing you to have a try of this. All we ask is you bring along some ID and proof of address, and you can take it away for a short spin. We will be renting out the bike for longer trial periods too (for free!), so if you are interested in having it for a week or two come down on the 20th to arrange.

We hope to see you there!


Information about the Car Club can be found here