Category Archives: LEAP

LEAP Youth Education Programme

LEAP Youth Education Programme

From August through to March 2016 we are offering a series projects for young people to take part in. Here are the kind of workshops that take place.

Recycle or Dye! – A Clothing Re-design and Upcycling Project, work with designer Niki Taylor of The Top Project to redesign, upcycle and make new garments from old. Whether building a portfolio or simply inspired to design and make clothes – come along and learn skills in design and construction.

Project Crosscut – A Woodwork and Carving Project using specialist carving tools to develop green woodworking skills and a knowledge of sustainable sources to make boxes, spoons and other stuff. Working towards more ambitious projects like skateboard or boat building.

Loops and Cycles – A Cycling and Animation pilot project combining cycle journeys, animation and filmmaking. Working towards a screening event at Create Paisley’s Wee Red Dot Youth Film Festival in November and bike building workshops early Spring 2015.

Cafe Forage – Four workshops in foraging involving scheduled rambles to collect and understand what can and can’t be collected for eating. Dates T.B.C. Please contact LEAP for details.

If you live in, Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch, Bridge of Weir, Howwood and/or attend one of the following schools: Johnstone High, St Benedicts High, Linwood High or Gryffe High School, please contact us to take part or for more details by September 1st – LIMITED PLACES!.

Gillian Steel – Youth Development Worker,, Mob: 0785 4468 512, Tel: 01505 842 530.

LEAP Energy for Business

We provide local businesses, charities, social enterprises, health organisations and many more with commercial energy supply services to help them manage gas and electricity costs, save money and we reinvest back into our community and environmental work.  To find out more about our commercial switch service and save money on gas and electricity bills click here

LEAP Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 26th August 7.30pm

LEAP Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 26th August 7.30pm 


LEAP became constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in May 2013.  We are holding our first AGM meeting on Tuesday 26th August at 7.30pm in the LEAP Bridge of Weir Drop in Centre – 1 Advance Place, Main Street, Bridge of Weir.  (location map) Please join us on 26th August to find out more about our organisation.


We would be particularly keen to hear from you if you are considering getting more involved with LEAP or perhaps joining the Board.  LEAP are keen to expand board membership across all four villages in which we operate; Bridge of Weir, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch.  Come along and hear more about LEAP’s future plans and enjoy some tea and cakes! For more information email or phone 01505 842530.

If you can’t make it on the night, but are interested in getting involved with LEAP, please let us know.

Community Survey 2014 – Reminder

Our Community Survey 2014 closes at midnight on the 5th July. We’d be grateful if you took a few minutes to let us know what you think of LEAP, and what services you think we should offer in future. This will allow us to improve our service to the community.

The survey can be accessed here.

Many thanks for your time – and as a bonus, if you complete the survey, your name will be put into a draw to win a fantastic Fairtrade hamper!!

Car Club on Film

Some of our Car Club members have become film stars!  One of our funders, the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF), recently made a film about LEAP Car Club to show at the CCF Gathering.

Susan, Kevin and Nancy, who are all members in Lochwinnoch, agreed to be filmed and the result is here  

Please have a look. Could the Car Club be an option for you?

Make the World Greener Competition

Competition flyer make the world greenerSince the ecoclips competition was for young people aged 11 to 26, we at LEAP have decided to run a competition for primary aged children. The competition is open to all children aged 11 and under in the villages of Lochwinnoch, Howwood, Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan. We would like you to draw an original invention or idea using the heading ‘Make the World Greener’ and the winners will receive Fairtrade Easter goodies. .  Full details can be found at

Resource Efficient House Event 29th March

Come along to the Resource Efficient House for a Free Tour

Home Energy Scotland are holding a Green Homes Network domestic event at the Resource Efficient House on Saturday the 29th March.

The Resource Efficient House is a ground breaking project which aims to promote and encourage the construction of sustainable and affordable family homes across the country. You can view the house using this link

For one day only this property will be open for free (normally £25) to the public to come along for a guided tour of the house, see the technologies and find out all about how it is constructed. There will be 5 tours (max 10 people each tour) one an hour from 10am with the last one at 2pm. If your customer is interested in attending they must be booked on to a tour which you can do by clicking the link

Places are on a first come first serve basis and we expect them to fill up fast so if you are interested in coming along on the day please book yourself on to one of the tours through the Eventbrite link. The address is:

Resource Efficient House
BRE Innovation Park
North Lanarkshire

Big Energy Saving Week

Big Energy Saving Week (27-31 January)

The CAB service is today launching Big Energy Saving Week – an intensive information campaign that will urge people across the country (Scotland, England & Wales) to take advantage of cost-cutting schemes that could save them hundreds of pounds a year. Big Energy Saving Week is supported by the UK Government and the fuel companies as well as the CAB service and other charities. It will run from 27-31 January and aims to help consumers take practical steps to make cuts to their bills by checking they are on the best deal, switching tariff or supplier and taking up help to insulate their homes to cut the amount of fuel they use.


For details of the campaign  – including a live Q&A with a Consumer Adviser @CitizensAdvice on Thursday 12.30-1.30 #BESW14 – see the Citizens Advice Scotland website:

LEAPing blindly into energy saving

Ellen Arnison blinds up to save energy at home post on blogEllen shares her experience of working with LEAP and local Lochwinnoch based Marcelo from Casa Homes and Gardens to help prepare her home for the coming winter.  Saving Energy and Money at the same time.

Why not get in touch and see what measures you can take to save energy in your house? Click Here to find out more about arranging a Home Energy Check or click here to get in touch.

To visit Ellen’s Blog Click Here


LEAP Car Club becomes even more family friendly!

We have just purchased 2 new car seats for the cars in Lochwinnoch. One a booster seat for children aged 4 and over and one for children aged 9 months to 4 years.  These car seats will be placed in the C Max.  We will also have a ‘Bubblebum’ inflatable booster seat for use in the Lochwinnoch Fusion.  In Bridge of Weir we have provided a rigid booster seat for our car there. We hope that providing these seats will help current members with young children and attract new members who may be put off joining by having to transport car seats and children to the cars.

March News Update

Annabel Goldie MSP visited LEAP in Bridge of Weir.

On Friday 1st March,

msp annabel Goldie

Annabel said: “I was delighted to be able to visit LEAP at their office in Bridge of Weir.  LEAP help local residents save energy and money, providing free impartial advice on insulation and heating. Local residents can ask for a free draught test, a free home energy test and a free thermal image of their property which helps identify damp penetration, patchy insulation and draughts. With rising energy costs, LEAP can offer practical solutions to householders on energy use.”

Annabel went on to say: “LEAP also run a Car Club, which is a local, not for profit, community hire scheme giving local people convenient access to economical cars. This is a tremendous initiative. Many householders begrudge paying for a car which mainly sits stationary outside their house, LEAP car club have cars parked centrally in Lochwinnoch and Bridge of Weir. The vehicles are maintained, taxed and insured through LEAP. Members simply book online, pay an hourly rate and mileage rates. It is proving popular, cost effective for members and flexible in use. There are important lessons for other communities to learn. This is a great asset for Bridge of Weir, Lochwinoch, Howwood and Kilbarchan”.

LEAP Car Club

LEAP Car Club in Bridge of Weir is going from strength to strength. We not only have attracted members from Bridge of Weir, our first member is actually from Kilmacolm! Jane, will be using the LEAP car as a second car for her family after realising how much her second car was costing, just sitting unused most of the time.  Now, for the times she does need the use of a second car, LEAP Car Club is the economical answer.

As illustrated above, joining LEAP Car Club provides you with a car just when you need it. So if you, could use a second car; have relatives who visit regularly, and need an extra car to get out and about while they’re here or simply don’t have a car but could use one occasionally, the Car Club could be just right for you! We still have a few £15 memberships left for new members of the car club at Bridge of Weir, so please contact Diane at or drop into the office to take advantage of this special offer.

‘OMG’  !  – LEAP’s Off Mains Gas Group is up and running

LEAP have had lots of interest from villagers who are not on mains gas, use LPG, Oil, or Coal and want to find ways to make their home heating more economical.   If you, or someone you know, is in this position, we would love to hear from you.  The first meeting of the Off Mains Gas Group will be arranged shortly.

Organic Fruit and Vegetables Delivery Club

There has been an excellent response to the idea for a Delivery Club for organic fruit and vegetables. So far 10 people have signed up and the first of the fortnightly deliveries is planned for mid March.  Delivery Club members will pay a membership fee of £3 per fortnight in return for a “free”delivery code for use on the Whitmuir Organic Farm website  If you would like to find out more, or to join the club please contact

To find out more about any part of the LEAP Project, please contact us at, drop in, or telephone one of our offices:

22 Church St, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AD, Tel:  01505 842 530

9 High Barholm, Kilbarchan, PA10 2EF, Tel:  01505 706 070

Advance Place, Main St, Bridge of Weir, PA11 3PB, Tel:  01505 612 034