16th March 2010
Dorset Transition Gathering
Representatives from Transition Town Groups in Dorset came together over the weekend at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester to share experiences and explore a wide range of issues, from how to engage more effectively with their communities, to how to attract more women members!
Dorset currently has over 10 Transition Town Groups in the county ranging in scale from village to district such as Transition Purbeck. They have all been involved in setting up a number of projects including car clubs, community food growing, and also raising awareness for instance by organising public meetings, screening documentary films, and imaginative ways such as Shaftesbury Transition Towns eco-circus.
The ethos of Transition is to create a roadmap to a less oil dependant and enabling communities to work together to find ways of becoming more self-reliant: less dependent on imported energy and food.
The gathering was facilitated by Jenny Mackewn, an experienced trainer for the national Transition Network, and involved a series of ‘open space’ discussion sessions, centered on the question “How can we best support Transition in Dorset?” The event was also an opportunity for participants to hear the results of a Dorset-wide Transition skills survey identifying skills which individuals involved in the network are prepared to share with others.
Steve Atkins Chair of Transition Town Dorchester said;
“The Dorset Transition gathering was a chance to connect, share, learn and eat a tasty ‘bring and share lunch’. The range of activities and number of people getting involved in Transition is clearly on the up – this can only be a positive thing for Dorset. “
da21 organised and hosted the Dorset Transition Gathering through its GreenAssist project, supported by the Big Lottery Fund and a grant from the co-operative membership.
Andrew Barker, Manager of the GreenAssist project for da21 said:
“Transition Towns is a very energetic and positive grassroots movement, it is precisely this sort of activity which we at da21 through the GreenAssist project want to encourage and support, and it is a pleasure to arrange events such as this gathering to do just that”
To find out more about Transition Towns visit the national site http://transitiontowns.org/TransitionNetwork/TransitionInitiative a list of Transition Groups in Dorset is available on the da21 website www.da21.org.uk .