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Transition Together: looking to the future

  • by JW

The Transition Town Network has been busy this year – in particular with its generous funding of local transition projects, such as the VGS Champions Awards:


Here’s more from a report on the TTN news pages:

Transition Together builds on the work of Transition: Bounce Forward, which supported and strengthened Transition responses to Covid-19 in Britain. Within just a few months new community initiatives were kickstarted through seed-funding… Transition Together will build regional and national connections between Transition and other groups that are working to increase the resilience, power and capacity of local communities.

Transition Together in Britain |

With excerpts from their latest newsletter here:


Models celebrate the success of Tooting Repairfest’s Fixing Fashion Show – read more below

Highlights from ‘COP: What Next?’ event
We were inspired, challenged and delighted to be together earlier this month, working through what COP meant for community climate action. Our incredible speakers, Ishaan Aggarwal, Lucy Neal and Peter Lefort, shared rich reflections on the current landscape and encouragement for the way ahead. We’re sorry tech problems prevented some from joining – highlights are available for everyone who watch below.WATCH VIDEO
Planning for 2022…
After a challenging year, we hope you can take some time to rest, replenish and face the New Year with energy. We’re busy working on plans for 2022 and excited about opportunities to strengthen the work of Transition groups and together keep mapping a way to a fairer, better future. Watch this space for news about another round of seed funding grants for groups in the New Year and a gathering to build on this year’s What Next? summit.
Transition Tooting takes to the catwalk
A fashion show, workshops, restart parties and a new interactive repair map featured in Tooting Repairfest, run recently by Transition Town Tooting with Meet and Make Spaces and other local partners.  Beautiful photographs and stories of local repair businesses made up an exhibition on display in Tooting Market until the end of the year (and on their website). The hope is the project may sow the seeds for a permanent share and repair space in the community. Pictured here is Riz who runs a dry cleaning and alteration business (photo by Steve Reeves) and above, models at their Fixing Fashion Show of sustainable, trendy charity shop finds. 
Sustainable Frome edited a four-page wrap for their local newspaper, filled with positive news from the future, see here.

sPark it Liverpool! Parking spaces will soon be home to creative installtions. Transition Liverpool will unveil the first reimagined spot soon after raising £10K with TBF seed-funding and a crowdfunder. The ‘sParkitects’ designed a modular system to allow communities, artists and local businesses to take over small pockets of public space and open up a world of possibilities. To support this and more, Transition Liverpool is selling a 2022 calendar of pictures donated by local artists. Order here
New guide for local food projects
Are you planning to up a food co-op, pantry or other form of Community Food Retail? This new guide, put together by Food Cardiff and Cardiff Business School aims to help community groups think through what’s involved.  
New economics in neighbourhoods
How can regenerative economic ideas work at neighbourhood level? Inspired by the Doughnut Economics model, Birmingham-based Civic Square is connecting artists, gardeners, economists, teachers and neighbours to explore this question in practice. Find out more here, or join one of 12 peer-to-peer Learning Journey, each with a different focus, to get to the heart of new economic possibilities for our neighbourhoods and the movements to craft them. 
Funding: Co-op Community Fridges
The Co-op and Hubbub have launched a new programme offering grants of up to £4,000 for groups wanting to set up and run community fridges. Apply here by 1 February.