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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 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.

Further 12 months of funding for 2 exciting projects

LEAP Benefit from Climate Challenge’s latest round of Funding to Local Communities to help tackle Climate Change  – with a further 12 months of funding for 2 exciting projects

The latest round of Climate Challenge Fund awards will see 33 community-led projects share £2.86 million, Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod announced at the end of January.

climate challenge fund logo Local Energy Action Plan Logo

The Fund has helped communities throughout Scotland reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, increase the energy efficiency of homes and community buildings, encourage active travel and the use of low-carbon transport, and promote and produce local food.

LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) has secured £129,884 over a 12 month period from 1st April 2015 to enable householders in Houston, Crosslee, Brookfield, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Bridge of Weir to reduce the amount of energy they use in their homes and daily lives.  The Calder and Gryffe Community project will focus on areas requested by the communities and will be delivered by a local community charity that aims to help residents improve carbon efficiency.  Project activities will include home energy advice, an energy shop, development of a community wood fuel co-op and a Centre of Carbon Excellence, plus further promotion of LEAP Car Club and support for electric vehicles.

LEAP’s (Youth Engagement Programme) Yep! will benefit from £56,919 over a similar time period to run is a series of hands-on green vocational skills workshops, pop-up events and social gatherings devised by and for young people across the four communities of Lochwinnoch, Bridge of Weir, Howwood and Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire.  Through a range of engaging activities the project will enable young people to learn about their environment and gain practical skills they can use to reduce their carbon emissions.

Carol Gemmell, LEAP Project Manager said ‘ We are delighted that further funding has been secured to allow the LEAP project to continue to deliver services within our local communities.  To be able to expand the Youth Engagement Pilot, devised by local young people, is particularly exciting”.

LEAP Project Update – End of LEAP 2 – March 2012

LEAP Project Update

Click on the links below to read about LEAP’s achievements over the past two years and plans for the new funding just announced.

Contact , call 01505 842 530 or pop into the office at:

22 Church Street, Lochwinnoch for any further information.

LEAP funded for a further 3 years! Thanks to CCF funding

LEAP funded for a further 3 years !

climate challenge fund logo (to follow)

The Scottish Government announced in March that 43 community groups across Scotland have been awarded over £6.9 million for the next three years under the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).  LEAP are delighted to be one of these 43 projects.

A total grant of £442,500 has been awarded to LEAP through LMEG over a period of 3 years to enable householders in Lochwinnoch, Howwood, Kilbarchan and  Bridge of Weir  to reduce energy wasted in their homes. The project will develop car clubs and lift sharing schemes, expand local food producing initiatives and provide greater access to climate change information through local schools and other organisations working with children and young people in these local communities.

CCF helps communities reduce their carbon footprints and contribute to Scotland reaching its ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. The current round of applications, assessed by an Independent Grants Panel, also introduces the first successful intake of applications for the Junior Climate Challenge Fund;  20% of the funding allocated to LEAP is through the Junior Fund.

The project team, group volunteers, steering group and LMEG are delighted with the news and want to thank the villagers of Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan and Howwood for their support and enthusiasm for the project over the past 2 years.  It was because of  successful uptake of the project to date, and a clear direction from the community on how the project should grow, that has secured this fantastic support for our villages.