We are developing an exciting new project based on the prize-winning Transition Together Project. The scheme originated in Totnes, and a survey of the households who took part in this project showed that they saved on average £570 a year on their energy bills, shopping, travel etc, as well as saving carbon and helping the environment.
We start in the spring with 2 pilot groups, and after that we will soon be recruiting more Blewbury households to take advantage of this project. How does it work? Transition Together will bring together small groups of neighbours to meet and discuss sustainability issues and decide what steps they can take to both make their lifestyles more sustainable, and save money at the same time.
The programme is very flexible. The group arranges a number of sessions when they will make their way through the workbook. A member of Sustainable Blewbury comes to the first session to explain the programme and start them on their way.
- The ideal size for a group is 5 – 8 households, meeting about every 2-3 weeks for 7 sessions.
- Group members generally take turns to host a meeting at their homes, but other places can be used.
- Each household makes their own practical action plan.
- At each session they catch up with their group, share trials and tribulations, exchange ideas and drink a lot of tea, coffee, wine …………..!
Each household gets their own practical workbook which helps them explore practical ways to cut their bills in 5 key areas:
Energy; Water; Food; Waste; Transport
The workbook provides a great range of ideas and actions, each supported with lots of local information, hints and tips.
Jo Lakeland (project co-ordinator)
To find out more, or to register interest in starting or joining a group call Jo on 07466 708030, or email Transition Together-Blewbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will soon have our own website, but for now check www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk for further information.