Lochwinnoch Community Projects
Lochwinnoch Community Projects - 2020 / 2021
2020 saw a surge in local grassroots activity which has delivered some worthy projects, and continues to do good work across our village. Here follows an overview of what happened in 2020, and an outline of what is planned for 2021. If anyone would like to get involved in any community work, these groups would love to hear from you.
During 2020 many of the below groups were awarded funding from various sources. In the main, funding was received from National Lottery Awards for All and the Supporting Communities Fund awarded to us via Linstone Housing Association. This money was used to make improvements to community life and support many of us, including the most vulnerable within our village. We would like to collectively thank these funders for their contributions to our community.
On behalf of these groups we also thank Lochwinnoch Community Council for their funding contributions, and for their assistance in fostering funds for The Food Committee.
Likewise Lochwinnoch Community Development Trust have acted as an umbrella, applying for funding on behalf of the other groups from National Lottery and we thank them for inclusion.
We also thank the Lochwinnoch Chatterbox for their contribution to Diggin’ It and for assistance with printing. Further thanks go to Linthills Ltd which donated to many of these projects with private funds.
A number of village members also contributed funds to these projects, so thanks to them as well..
News Update August 2021
The surge in grassroots activity since the start of the pandemic has seen the completion of many projects across our community. Here is a recap of what has taken place through 2020 and 2021 so far, with a look ahead for what more is planned.
If anyone would like to get involved in any community work, you will find relevant contact details in each section.
These local groups have received funding from a number of sources and thanks go to the following:
National Lottery Awards for All
Scottish Government's Supporting Communities Fund
Chatterbox (Lochwinnoch's community news magazine)
Lochwinnoch Community Council
The Corra charitable Foundation
The Cobb Charity
The Longstone Trust
Renfrewshire Council's Local Village Partnership Fund
Renfrewshire Council's Green Spaces Fund
Here's an update about each of the Lochwinnoch Groups
Lochwinnoch Food Committee / LEAP
At the end of 2020, Lochwinnoch Food Committee joined forces with LEAP (Local Energy Action Plan) to establish a more permanent home for their varied activities. A breakdown of projects post, present and future follows:
Our Community Larder has continued to support many people across our village since the start of the pandemic, through delivery of food parcels. This has happened entirely through volunteer effort with food provision through
* Fairshare, courtesy of Renfrewshire Council,
* Community donations, and
* fresh produce donated by LochwinnochCDT and our hard working Community Garden Group.
* We have kindly been given use of the Masonic Hall for many months now, which we are very grateful for.
Going forward we are exploring ideas of a drop-in pantry model for free food provision, at a new location, which would be a universal project, open to all. This would potentially go alongside a Community Fridge. Watch this space for more information.
Find us on Facebook: @lochwinnochfoodcommittee
Donation Drop Off: 52 Main Street
Diggin' it - Lochwinnoch
If you haven’t heard of Diggin’ It, head on over to
For more information about this group, and how we can support you to grow vegetables by providing advice, seeds, compost plus other materials and equipment, including growing containers. It is a friendly group where you can connect with others, at all experience levels, in sharing knowledge, ideas and resources.
During 2021 so far, we have encouraged more than 120 households to grow their own vegetables from their own homes, many for the first time. We want to encourage and support local food growing as much as possible and help to make the village as resilient and sustainable as we can. Therefore, we offer much of what is required free of charge, but we can also offer you trade price on many materials for larger quantities. This year we distributed tonnes of compost and soil through our supplier agreements locally and also via Renfrewshire Council who donated 7 tonnes of compost to the project.
It isn’t just about food - we know that growing and gardening really helps to improve mental health and wellbeing. We hosted an event as part of the Community Feel Good Week in partnership with the Yearnestane project this year, which went really well. Now we look forward to hosting our first ever vegetable prize show in September.
For information about the yearnstane project go to www.eadha.co.uk/projects/351_yearnstane_project
We have many more ideas planned and have funding to set up a Seed Library. In preparation for this we will be hosting some training on seed saving. Keep an eye out for this as it will probably take place in October.
We would also like to hear from any local people with a bit of land to spare which you wouldn’t mind being used to grow vegetable crops. In order to supply our Library with organic seeds, we might need space to grow sacrificial crops which can be left to seed, rather than harvested. We can provide what is required in terms of materials, equipment, and labour. If you would like to be involved as a volunteer or if you have some suitable space we can use for this, please let us know.
If you would like to see out instructional veg growing videos, you can find them here:
Tel: 07883 837 284
Community Feel Good Festival
Our debut Community Feel Good Week was a huge success and we were so lucky with the weather! We are grateful to all the groups who took part and added something to the programme. We hope you managed to see some of the activities or try some of the yummy food. Highlights can be seen on the Facebook groups at www.facebook.com/groups/communityfeelgoodweek.
Going forward, we would like this to become an ongoing schedule of events and plan to host smaller ones throughout the year, with the main week-long programme each Summer. We are actively looking to put together a committee for this going forward so get in touch if you would like to be involved.
Tel: 07883 837 284
This volunteer-run group continues working with those in isolation, who are shielding or who are dealing with mobility or transport issues. It has provided a lifeline for the Service Users who would have otherwise gone without essential items, medicine or food. In addition it has tackled loneliness with phone calls to those living on their own. The volunteers have been delivering weekly food parcels put together by the Community Larder around the village, upholding utmost discretion and confidentiality at all times. LC will continue to deliver parcels to those who are unable to attend drop-ins when new premises are established.
If you would like to join the team and volunteer we would be delighted to hear from you. Likewise, if you need help or have a concern about anyone please get in touch; We help households for a variety of reasons on both an ad-hoc and more ongoing basis. Any contact will be handled with total discretion.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who have supported the community via Lochwinnoch Cares and the Community Larder. We are grateful for your time, energy and patience and it simply would not be possible to operate these activities without you.
Find us on Facebook: @lochwinnochcares
(Please ensure not to post any personal information about yourself or anyone else on the facebook site.)
Lochwinnoch Emergency Fund
In response to the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Lochwinnoch Food Committee was awarded money for an Emergency Fund. This provided real-time and tangible financial support to those who needed it, and could not access it through other provision. This was set up as a fund of last resort and paid out in excess of £4000 over the year. This money benefitted a range of households and the project was delivered entirely by volunteers, upholding complete confidentiality at all times.
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