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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 ruth@myleapproject.org 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.

We’ve updated our Privacy Policy

At Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) we are committed to protecting your personal data and to handling it responsibly. 

Because of the new data protection law that’s coming in on 25th May – ‘the General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR), we’ve updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about what we do with your personal data and about your rights. 

You can click here to see our new Policy and if you have any questions or concerns about how we use your personal information please contact us.

Bike Swap Lochwinnoch – Saturday 2nd September

The next Bike Swap event is on this Saturday 2nd September, at Castle Semple Loch in Lochwinnoch, from 12pm to 3pm.

What’s a Bike Swap?
It’s as simple as it sounds. You bring in an bike that no longer suits you and leave with one that does. Swap an adult bike for a kid’s bike; a mountain bike for a road racer – whatever works for you.


If you don’t have a bike at the moment, that’s ok. Come at the end of the session and take a look at what we have left over to see if we have one to suit you.

Is it just swapping bikes?
No, there’s more – we have guided cycles, bike maintenance workshops, bike safety checks and more all happening during the swap with the brilliant team from RT Cycles.

Well that all seems too good to be true, what’s the catch?
No catch. By taking part you’re actually helping us achieve our goals:
1. To promote healthy living and get more people on their bikes
2. To help people learn to take care of their bikes so they can ride them safely
3. To help the environment by saving bikes from landfill, and encouraging people to choose a bike over a car.

Alright, I’m in – how do I get involved?
To sign up, or for more information, email lesley@myleapproject.org or phone 01505 842530. See you on Saturday!

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Lochwinnoch Primary School World at Work and Thermal Image Competition

Alasdair and Jen had a great time at Lochwinnoch Primary School World at Work week. Thanks to all the students and teachers for making us feel welcome and asking lots of interesting questions.

We brought in our Thermal Imaging cameras for students to try them out and talked with all the classes about Thermal Imaging and it’s many uses and in particular how LEAP use it to help people locally to find where heat is escaping from their homes.

We also held a Thermal Image Competition where students drew a picture of their own homes and where they thought heat might be escaping.

The overall competition winners are Reece Munro (P4), Daisy Guidiatis (P2T) and Kier Sheradan (P2T). Congratulations!

It was really tough choosing winners as we had such fantastic entries, check out all our entries in the wee video clip below.

If you’d like us to come and take thermal images of your home to help find any issues such as cold spots, damp, blocked pipes, air locked radiators, structural damage or heat escaping, we’d be very happy to, please just contact us.

If you’d like us to come and talk to your school or group we’d be very happy to, please just contact us.

Swish Event – Sat 1st July 7pm – McKillop Institute

Clothes swap event with hands-on workshops, film screenings and refreshments.

Tickets – suggested donation of £2

Donate gently worn or new clothing, shoes or accessories in return for tokens – 1 garment/item in return for 1 token which you can spend in our Swish boutique on the night! Please drop off your donations and collect your tokens at ReMode, High Street, Lochwinnoch, PA12 4AB before the night – see our opening times on ReMode Lochwinnoch Facebook.

Also you can take part in one of our hands-on ‘Meddle and Make’ workshops from 6-7.30pm, gain some ‘make’ skills and find out more about how we can all love our clothes that little bit more! These can be booked via this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remode-swish-hands-on-workshops-tickets-34820758827.

B.Y.O.B (for 18yrs plus)

BikeSwap, Castle Semple Loch, Lochwinnoch, Sun 19th March (1-3pm)

Old outgrown bike lying unloved in the garage? Looking for a replacement bike? Donate your old bike to be used by someone else or bring it along to SWAP for another. No bike to swap? Come along at 2.30pm to see if we have one that suits you.

While you’re there learn how to do a basic safety check on your bike with RT Cycles. For more information visit www.facebook.com/myleapproject, call 01505 842530, or email susie@myleapproject.org.

LEAP projects benefit from new Climate Challenge Fund Awards!

More than one hundred organisations across Scotland are to benefit from almost £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change, and two of LEAP’s projects are included!

Project number 1 is YEP! (Youth Engagement Programme) which will include the ReMode shop. The shop will continue to produce and trade redesigned clothing, as well as holding a learning hub and workshop space.

YEP! is devised by and for young people across six rural Renfrewshire communities and will develop ReMode as a circular economy enterprise engaging the young and wider community in workshops, pop-up events and social gatherings to achieve textile waste reduction. The project has been awarded a fantastic £77,990!

Project number 2 is Brighter Warmer Renfrewshire, which is going to be run by the energy team at LEAP. It will support individuals, families and community groups across Renfrewshire to improve home energy efficiency, helping to reduce carbon emissions and tackle both fuel poverty and climate change.

Brighter Warmer Renfrewshire will also help people to gain new skills and work together to make better use of the resources they have to realise a vision of a Brighter, Warmer Renfrewshire. This amazing project has been awarded £148,900.

It’s fantastic news for the team, as it means we can continue and extend our work over the next year, but it’s also great news for the communities who will directly benefit from the funding.

Join LEAP Car Club Now and receive £25 worth of free driving

LEAP Car Club offers convenient, 24/7, not-for-profit community car hire and can help you cut the costs of driving. Cars can be hired for as little as an hour or for as long as you want. The Car Club has helped members by allowing them to sell additional cars or to not have to buy one. What our members say:

  • “Reliable cars there when I need them.”
  • “For someone who does not own a car it is very useful to have access to a car at any time for short periods.”
  • “It is so easy to book online. Great value for money too.”

To find out more contact Car Club Coordinator Mike Callaghan T: 01505 842530 E: mike@myleapproject.org

LEAP supports residents to MAKE IT HAPPEN

LEAP has launched ‘Making It Happen’ – a programme of FREE practical assistance for Renfrewshire Residents who are struggling with fuel bills and comfort at home this winter. Supported through Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty Programme, the service aims to reach a minimum of 80 fuel poor and vulnerable persons, who are struggling with fuel bills, health conditions, or living in cold, damp, or draughty homes, across urban and rural Renfrewshire by 31st March 2017.

A Lochwinnoch resident who has already benefited from the ‘Making it Happen’ service recently commented, “Thank you so much for fixing my house door so quickly, I can’t believe the difference it has made it is so much warmer, and no more howling wind and water getting in. My family and I are delighted”

LEAP’s Energy team will carry out practical actions to help to improve warmth 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.

Don’t delay, get in touch. If you think you or someone you know could benefit from this programme, and you are Renfrewshire Residents then please contact LEAP in confidence by email to energy@myleapproject.org, via our website or call 01505 612 034. LEAP will consider and assess everyone who contacts them and if anyone is ineligible for this programme LEAP may be able to provide other help, advice or referrals.

LEAP – Making It Happen – FREE Practical Help for Renfrewshire Households

LEAP has launched ‘Making It Happen’ – a Renfrewshire-wide programme of FREE practical assistance for residents who are struggling with fuel bills and comfort at home this winter.

Supported through Renfrewshire Council’s Tackling Poverty Programme, the service aims to reach a minimum of 80 fuel poor and vulnerable persons, who are struggling with fuel bills, health conditions, or living in cold, damp, or draughty homes, across urban and rural Renfrewshire by 31st March 2017.  LEAP’s Energy team will carry out practical actions to help to improve warmth 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 energy@myleapproject.org, via our website click here or call 01505 612 034.

LEAP will consider and assess everyone who contacts them and if anyone is ineligible for this programme LEAP may be able to provide other help, advice or referrals.

We anticipate being oversubscribed, so don’t delay, get in touch!

Top Tips for Keeping Warm and saving money this Christmas

As winter starts to bite, LEAP has prepared a few tips to help you to manage the winter months and energy bills in your home through the Festive Season.

– Check your heating programmer/ timer and make sure it’s coming on at appropriate times for the colder weather. £150 per year can be saved by only having your heating on when needed.

– Adjust your thermal radiator valves – using the heating controls appropriately can help you to heat the areas of the home that are needed.

– Measure your room temperature – the recommended temperature for a room thermostat is between 18 and 21o C. Turning your thermostat down by just 1o C could save you £85 per year

– Maximise heat from your radiators with radiator reflective panels. These foil sheets fit down the back of radiators and reflect heat back into the room, meaning you get more heat from your radiators for less money. Come and get yours from our LEAP shops.

– Switch lighting off– we need more lights on for longer periods in the winter, but don’t forget to switch them off. £15 per year can be saved by switching lights off when not in use. For even better savings switch to LED lightbulbs available from our LEAP shops.

– Draught proofing your home – gaps around windows and doors allow heat to escape and let the cold draughts in. Heavy thermal lined curtains will help to keep the heat in. Draught proofing of windows, doors, letterboxes and blocking cracks in floors and skirting boards can save up to 13% of your heating bill each year. If you’re struggling with time and skills to draught proof we can do it for you.

For further information and advice or to purchase your radiator panels, chimney balloons and LED bulbs, contact LEAP Energy Advisors on 01505 612 034, email info@myleapproject.org or visit our shops at Advance place, Bridge of Weir or Church St, Lochwinnoch. Visit www.myleapproject.org/contact.

Significant Savings for Social Enterprises on Gas and Electricity Bills

LEAP have managed to save Social Enterprise around £2,000 from gas and electricity bills.  To do this the registered charity who support people get back into work and training had an eye on their costs as they want to make sure they manage their overheads and avoid wasting time and money going to the suppliers on their own or through a commercial broker.  These savings apply to the Thirds sector as much as they do for local Private Sector small businesses, this is the main reason LEAP developed the project to help both sectors save on energy bills.  We also tackle poverty in Renfrewshire with revenues we generate form the suppliers with no direct costs to you. To find out more contact ellis@myleapproject.org or call 01505 612 034

Passing on the Bikeswap Mantle

LEAP has been spreading the word and building the capacity of new organisations and groups to hold Bikeswaps in their communities. Active Communities Linwood invited LEAP to be part of their 5k Family Cycle day and to show them the Bikeswap ropes. If your community group or organisation is interested in learning more about how to run a bikeswap, support the reduction of bikes to landfill and encouraging recycling, passing things on, or providing a new home for your bike, contact LEAP at info@myleapproject.org.

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Book your Free Home Energy Check with LEAP this Winter

What is it?
Your LEAP Home Energy Check is a review of your home energy usage. Our City and Guilds qualified LEAP Energy Adviser visits you at home at a time convenient for you and asks you some simple questions about your home and your energy usage. It only takes about an hour and can save you money! During the visit the LEAP Energy Advisor will complete a form which is used to design your follow up LEAP Home Action Plan. This is a personalised plan developed by LEAP to advise simple, inexpensive actions you can take to improve your home comfort and energy usage.

What advice will you get from a Home Energy Check?
You will get free and impartial advice on practical measures you could take to help reduce the amount of energy you use. Many measures are free or very low cost and can save you money at the same time. We recognise that everyone’s needs are different and our Energy Advisers create Your LEAP Home Action Plan specifically for your home and circumstances.

How do you arrange a LEAP Home Energy Check?
LEAP Home Energy checks are a free service to all local residents of Lochwinnoch, Bridge of Weir, Kilbarchan, Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield, and Howwood; home owners, private let landlords and tenants, and council and housing association tenants.

For your FREE Home Energy Check phone LEAP on 01505 612034, email info@myleapproject.org, or pop into your nearest LEAP Office at either Advance Place, Bridge of Weir, or 22 Church St, Lochwinnoch.

 

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