What can you get?

Feeling the chill?

  • We can give you practical help to save money and reduce your bills;
  • Get half price curtain lining to insulate your windows;
  • Get access to grants and practical help to insulate your home;
  • Learn how to keep draughts out of your own home and get materials to do it;
  • Borrow a home energy monitor to show where you are spending your money when using electricity;
  • Get access to renewable energy generation schemes…

Want to eat more locally grown food?

  • We can give you practical help for saving money on your food bills;
  • Learn how to grow more of your own food and make your own compost;
  • Get a worm box with worms in it eager to make compost for you;
  • Get fruit trees for starting up a neighbourhood orchard;
  • Find you land to grow food on if you don’t have access to any;
  • Get bread, jam making and/or fishing lessons;

Can’t get there by bus or train?

  • We will give the first 10 Household Canny Challenge sign ups (each year) a free membership to SpareWheels Car Club worth £25.00 each.

Can’t cycle?

  • We can teach you! Our Bikeability qualified cycle instructor can take you through from the basics of learning to balance to being confident enough to cycle in traffic, over a series of one-to-one or group lessons tailored to suit you. Lessons normally cost £20 per hour but folk signing up to the Household Canny Challenge can take part part for free.

Can’t carry what you need?

  • Up to £20 to help you use your bike more. We have a small number of grants to contribute towards the cost of panniers, baskets or child-carriers so you can use your bike for shopping and other errands.

Try a trailer

  • Canny Households can borrow a range of trailers from Sustaining Dunbar to try out or for one-off journeys.

Learn to Look After Your Bike

  • If you would like to know more about keeping your bike in top shape, book a place on one of our ‘Learn-to-look-after-your-bike’ courses. These are run by Weldtech qualified mechanics and are free of charge if you sign up to the Household Canny Challenge.

Bike Maintenance Workshop

  • Saturdays at Hallhill 10-12noon. Use our tools to fix your own bike. Assistance provided by qualified mechanics.
  • Travel advice – Public transport information – train and bus and recommendations on using

Need a Neighbourhood Group?

If you do not have a Neighbourhood Group where you live and would like to start one up – then we can help you to:

  • Get your neighbours together to list what needs fixing, planted, sorted
  • help you to bring these issues to the right people at East Lothian Council who can help you improve your neighbourhood
  • Assist your Neighbourhood Group to decide if they want to become a formal Tenants and Residents Association or just to work informally
  • Help set up a Neighbourhood website, mailing list or Facebook pages
  • Get practical support and advice to make your streets safer, plant a neighbourhood orchard or start up a community garden, or take measures to generate and conserve more of your household energy like bulk-buy insulation etc.