We have funding to run this project up until the end of 2017, the following outlines what we hope to achieve in that time by working in collaboration with the Transition Movement in the UK.
It would be great to see the following activities happening by the end of the project:
- Regional networks meeting with each other regularly, at least twice a year
- Groups begin contacting each other for support
- Individuals in groups building informal relationships and friendships
- Good practice being captured and disseminate amongst Transition movement and beyond
- Guide produced on how to set-up regional networks and distributed throughout movement
- Increased effectiveness of Transition groups as they support each other to be successful
On a more practical level, it would be hoped that regional networks will help Transition groups by enabling:
- New engagement of volunteers, through sharing knowledge of recruitment
- New projects to develop through ideas and processes being shared
- Increasing the potential for larger projects through the increased ability to work in partnership on for example community energy projects etc.
- New relationships of support (peer to peer) are developed and problems solved are solved quicker by groups sharing solutions.
- Peer to peer support between different groups and volunteers helps groups to maintain momentum and avoid burn-out, by promoting healthier groups that feel less isolated and more energised.
- Dormant Transition initiatives to be inspired to start up again.
This is based on the thinking behind the benefits of regional networks and how they can help movements to be sustainable and grow, which you can read more about here.
Mapping the UK movement:
To get a realistic picture of the Transition Movement in the UK, we have contacted all UK groups that we have contacts for in our database. Many groups have got back to us to say they are still functioning, but two thirds have not replied so we need to attempt to contact these and find out their status. Find out more about this mapping here.
Identifying existing networks and areas for potential networks:
Out of the mapping process we hope to identify areas around the UK where there are clusters of active groups, to promote the formation of networks, through arranging meetings and offering support. There are already existing networks operating in the UK, we will try to contact as many of them as possible to learn from them what they have found useful when running networks. We aim to help enable four regional gatherings to occur by the end of this project. Through this interaction, we hope to produce resources to help regional networks to form and how to develop systems of peer support, that will be available to people on our website, by the end of the project.
We have already ran a meeting in London, where people from groups in London and the South East met. They have now begun to form a regional network, see the notes from that meeting here.
We have also began to compile a list of place where there are existing networks here.
Hub development in England and/or Wales:
There is currently no hub in England and Wales, Scotland has a hub, Ireland's hub is currently dormant but has existed in the past. We hope to begin the discussion on how a hub might begin to emerge out of the regional networks in England and/or Wales and for people to be attending the next National Hubs meeting representing these countries. There are already hubs in many other countries, to find out more about the role of the hub see the 'What is a hub document'. The aim is to begin the discussion, we do not envision a hub being fully established by the end of the project.