Youth Projects and Community Activist Training

Youth Projects and Community Activist Training

“Blazing a trail for those who are interested in finding new heart in their community,” Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Looking for inspiration, ideas, practical tools and big boost of positive energy?

France Caen 2012 T StreetsIf you are a youth group, a community group or an NGO that is totally committed to building resilience at a local level, we want to help you.    We’d love to host you, show you around, share our experience and hopefully learn some things from you.

What better place to come than the world’s first Transition Town and the heart of an area recognised as a leading light in the localisation and sustainability movements?

Here are some of the things you might get from some time with us:

  • Horst planningA better understanding of Transition – why and how it works, its strengths and limitations – based on how Transition has been working in Totnes
  • Meetings with some of the key people involved in Transition
  • Inspiration from a range of pioneering projects and businesses; experiencing ‘localisation’ in action
  • New thinking around ‘development’ and ‘sustainability’
  • Tips and techniques for awareness raising and engaging people
  • Focus group work on key localisation topics, such as starting projects; local economics; local food; renewable energy;  sustainable building and housing, and community led design

Totnes Sus Cons refurb Dn village hall 2012

  • Personal development – taking a bold, brave look at the future, getting excited about it and embracing it with positivity
  • Team development – you’ll be a closer knit-team with a renewed work ethic, shared vision, closer working relationships based on better understanding of each other, and practical next steps to work towards when you get home.
  • Confidence to lead Transition or similar activity in your communities at home
  • A practical introduction to permaculture
  • Experience of working with others on real practical projects
  • Potentially new ways to consider your own relationship with place and time
  • An insight into Totnes, its history and its culture
  • A fun and enjoyable time together in a historical and beautiful part of England


IMG_5821The experience will be fun and interactive, providing opportunities to meet people involved in Transition and visit grass-roots projects and innovative businesses.

We incorporate Transition and sustainability into the whole experience, from the food we eat to the way we get around.


Liliane happyAs well as looking at specific sustainability issues and ideas in practice, we make the most of the fantastic history, architecture, countryside, food and culture that makes our part of England so special and popular with visitors. In this way participants will get a deep sense of place and time and their visit will be fun and memorable, as well as relevant.

See more photos from our Youth and Community Activist Training programmes here (takes you to Flickr).

Who we gave worked for and with, and learned from:

Associazione PAEA, Italy

British Foreign Commonwealth Office, Papua Indonesia, with the Universities of Oxford and Exeter

Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK National Government)

Friends of the Earth, Belgium

Government of Chungcheongnam-do Province, Republic of Korea

Habitat et Participation, Belgium

Institute Urbanisme de Paris, Université Paris Est Créteil Val de Marne

Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University, China

Korean Business delegation, in partnership with Friends of the Earth Korea

Meshworking, EU

Pays du Bessin au Virois, France, (a collective of local government officials and researchers) via our Vire Town Twinning programme

Schumacher College

Studienkolleg, Berlin

Transition Network and various Transition Towns

Transition Sweden, A group of independent garden business owners

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