In July we shared exciting news that The National Lottery Community Fund had awarded Transition Network £5,977,444, from their Growing Great Ideas programme, for work in Britain over the next ten years. Today we launch Transition Together, a project designed to help create more resilient, empowered and sustainable communities across Britain, from the ground up.
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, and groups came together to explore big questions and imaginative solutions at the What Next Summit.
Working closely with Scottish Communities Climate Action Network, Transition Together will support the Transition movement across Britain to develop and grow over the next ten years. It will help groups to connect and learn from one another, amplify inspiring stories, give out seed-funding grants, and run workshops and events. It will also support the emergence of a Transition Hub or Hubs in England and Wales. To help scale the impact of Transition in Britain and to strengthen international connections and collaborations.
There are already 300 Transition groups across Britain bringing people together to take positive action on climate change. This can look like setting up renewable energy projects, re-localising food systems, sparking entrepreneurship, rewilding cities, creating community spaces, working with local councils, or bridging divides within communities.
We want to support groups to widen, deepen and lengthen their impact. To challenge systemic injustices and pay more attention to who is and isn’t being included or heard within our networks of change.
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. It is already part of the CTRLShift Coalition which creates spaces for organisations building practical and radical alternatives on the ground to collaborate, network and build partnerships.
As the dust settles after COP26 we know that the Transition movement’s experience of creating change driven by communities is needed now more than ever. Neither optimistic nor pessimistic, we remain determined to work together to build communities, towns, cities and countries that are regenerative, fair and resilient.