West Midlands Workshop

Are you interested in shaping a regional Network in the West Midlands, then come to this workshop on the 11/11/17

John Rhymer from Transition Bewdley is running a workshop for Transition Groups in the West Midlands. We are inviting each Transition group  (both “official” and “unofficial” groups) to send up to two representatives.  

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the benefits of setting up regional networks to share the possibilities and challenges of working "In Transition". 

 The workshop will help you to:

·         Contact with other groups near to you

·         Design a regional network or a number of networks in the west Midlands

·         Help you to think about how to grow Transition and support each other

I will be working with Robin Walker from Transition Evesham Vale and Kate Gathercole from Hereford Green Network to deliver the workshop.  

We are running the West Midlands Workshop on Saturday 11th. November at St. Swithuns Institute Hall, The Trinity, Worcester WR1 2PN from 10.0 – 4.30. We have chosen this venue because  it is just a few minutes walk from 2 mainline railway stations and also gives easy access for those of you who need to travel by car. We do of course encourage people to use public transport or to car share when possible.

The workshop is free and drinks and a light lunch will be provided. It will run from 10am - 4:30pm with a lunch break.

There is an outline of the workshop below.

Let us know if you want to come

I would be very grateful if you could make sure that you or the two representatives of your Transition Group email me with the following information at john.rhymer50@gmail.com by 16th October.  Please also let me know if your Transition group has ceased to exist. If merely dormant or in a state of flux, we would still welcome your representatives to attend the workshop.

Your Transition Group:

Name of representative 1:

Phone number and email:

Any special dietary requirements:

Name of representative 2:

Phone number and email:

Any special dietary requirements:

The website below gives driving directions (to Tramps Night Club which shares the same post code).   St. Swithuns Institute Halls are about 5 minutes walk from Foregate Street Station if you take the direct route. .  

Regional networks development workshop - outline.

This day workshop has been developed out of work carried out in London and the South East where groups came together and co-designed a functioning regional network. This network developed through using a series of exercises to come up with ideas and plans and it is these exercises that form the basis of the workshop. London now has a really thriving network that meets regularly, shares information and has arranged events together. We want to help other networks to develop based on the great stuff that has happened there to create thriving networks throughout England.

You design your network

Workshop facilitators Mike Thomas (Transition Network) and Richard Couldrey (Transition Town Tooting) have both been involved in the development of the London and SE hub. They believe that Transition groups in a region will know how best to define what their regional network does and how it functions. This workshop has been designed to facilitate this happening. At the end of this workshop, you and the other groups involved will have explored whether there is energy for a regional network, what it function should be and how to develop it.

We also want to learn from you and share your innovations

As part of this project, Richard is also carrying out research into scaling up grassroots social innovation to affect greater change. The workshop will also feedback into this process to seed the next steps of the project which includes strengthening and developing regional networks in preparation for a workshop about a National Hub later this year.

What to expect from the workshop

The following outlines the one day workshop in more detail to give you an idea of what to expect, this may develop between now and the workshop day.

Session 1: Physical mapping exercise

  • The whole group will position themselves in the the room based on questions related to the region, i.e. location, time group going, links to other groups, projects you are doing etc.

This is a great short exercise that will help you to quickly get a picture of where people are from, how they are doing and more.

Session 2: Thrives/barriers/local connections exercise

You come together in groups to discuss:

  • What do I really enjoy about Transition, what activities do i find myself naturally attracted to

  • What saps my energy and tends to lead to burnout / conflict?

  • What helps my group to thrive

  • What are the barriers to our group being successful

  • What connections do we already have in our area

This session explores why you do Transition, what you enjoy about it and what helps your group to thrive, what the barriers are to being successful and the connections that you already have in your area. Doing this helps you to think about the common issues that affect all groups and what can be done to make Transition a nurturing experience. It also helps people to gain more of an understanding about each other and what their groups are doing, which you can then chat about over lunch.

BREAK. Sharing Lunch.

Session 3: Brainstorm/mindmapping of themes and role of a Regional Network:

  • This exercise helps you to to identify the themes and areas for the Give and Gain wheel  to inform the overall shaping of your network.

This session enables all people present to begin to identify and design what a regional network could do in your area and how it could benefit your group. This is really important session as it allows everyone to shape what a regional network could be, which will then feed into the next exercise.

Session 4: Give and gain activity:

  • This activity enables you and the group to state what you are interested in and how much energy you are willing to give to tasks.

This session looks at the potential activities that a regional network could carry out and then analyses as a group what they are interested in and what they would be willing to give energy to. This is where you begin to assess whether a regional network is a feasible project and if it is worth doing.

Session 5: Planning the next stages:

  • We will be asking the question: what’s the purpose? What’s the activity? What’s the modus operandi?

  • This also helps articulate what the network is and what it does - a definition of vision and mission if you like.

  • Defining what should be the next steps for your network, what will you spend time on?

  • This enables you dig into the detail of the emerging themes to understand them operationally, how might they play out over time.

  • This helps with visioning how the network might develop through understanding what your first priorities are.

  • We could imagine those who, in the Give and Gain wheel, identified an area of special interest might gravitate towards that area in this bit.

This final session, then takes the outcomes from the Give and Gain activity to decide on next steps together, considering who will do what and how this will happen. Then it is up to you to develop your network together into the future.

Groups invited in your area:

East Midlands:

  1. Belper

  2. Chesterfield

  3. Hope Valley

  4. Horncastle

  5. Kings Cliffe

  6. Leicester

  7. Lincoln

  8. Loughborough

  9. Louth

  10. Market Harborough

  11. Melbourne

  12. Oundle

  13. Peterborough

  14. Regather Works- Sheffield

  15. Sherwood

  16. Sherwood Forest on Facebook

  17. Stamford

  18. Wirksworth

West Midlands:

  1. Bewdley

  2. Chipping Norton

  3. Coventry

  4. EcoSutton

  5. Evesham Vale

  6. Hereford

  7. Leamington Spa

  8. Leominster

  9. Low Carbon Hook Norton

  10. Market Harborough

  11. Northampton

  12. Nuneaton Town

  13. Redditch

  14. Shrewsbury Town ( Town Shrewsbury OR TTS)

  15. Stourbridge Transition

  16. Stratford upon Avon

  17. Town Telford

  18. Worcester