Total raised £16,073

raised so far

+ est. £770.00 Gift Aid



Tackling the climate, cost of living and loneliness crises by empowering and resourcing neighbours to take practical action together.

by Transition Streets in Totnes, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th September 2022 we'd raised £15,355 with 159 supporters in 42 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Why support Transition Streets?

Transition Streets is a tried and tested project, created in Devon by Transition Town Totnes to empower groups of neighbours to tackle the climate and cost of living crises by taking practical action together.  It creates more caring, sharing streets and helps people build resilience, friendships and connections at the same time as reducing carbon footprints and living costs. 

This year community groups from all across the country have asked us to support them to run Transition Streets in their areas. Our vision is to develop a network of Transition Streets across the UK, including more streets in Totnes and Devon, so participating communities can learn from and inspire each other . With your donations we aim to help 20+ new communities in the next year as we scale up this amazing project.

We are passionate about Transition Streets, it has made a huge impact in the neighbourhoods we have run it in and we know that it has massive potential everywhere.



What is the need?

Many people feel powerless and hopeless when faced with the climate crisis, coupled with the rising cost of living. Even before Covid hit the UK was suffering with a loneliness crisis of epidemic proportions. 

These issues are too much of a challenge to face on our own. Transition Streets supports people to feel empowered to act collectively with their neighbours to re-imagine their homes, streets and communities and put into action positive and practical changes. Neighbours come together to support each other, to be there for each other, helping to reduce the epidemic levels of loneliness and improving mental health and wellbeing.

What makes Transition Streets special?

Financial: In the first round of the project we worked with 550 households who saved an average of £570 off their energy and water bills.

Environmental: Households saved an average of 1.3 tonnes of carbon a year, which is almost the equivalent of each family taking a small car off the road.

Practical: Participants make a wide range of practical and lifestyle changes including; insulating their homes, installing solar photovoltaics, growing more food, car sharing and swapping more car journeys for cycling, introducing water saving measures and behaviours, sharing, swapping and composting.

Social: What excites us most about the project is the amazing things that happen when you bring a group of neighbours together to explore how to improve life on their street. A big theme is sharing and looking after each other. Streets have shared cars, meals, gardens, shopping, tools and equipment, one group set up a community cinema and another an orchard. Many find friendship and support, sometimes when they were previously very isolated.1660038604_broomborough_drive.jpg

How does Transition Streets work exactly?

Groups of around 6 - 8 households meet together over 7 sessions. With some early group support from a trained facilitator, an easy-to-read Transition Streets toolkit, the groups are enabled to guide themselves through topics including Energy, Resource Use, Transport, Food and Water. Everyone taking part tracks their carbon footprint with a simple 5 minute carbon calculator from Carbon Savvy and receives personalised carbon footprint advice.

After some initial support, the streets are left to themselves to explore the topics and focus on the areas that are most relevant or exciting to them. As well as personal actions to cut carbon, participants are also given potential ideas for projects they could implement at a street level, such as street-wide draughtproofing, car and bike share schemes, communal sharing spaces and street closures for play and parties. We are currently working with our sister project, Incredible Edible Totnes to offer support to streets that want to coordinate and share food growing.

Who are we?

We are Transition Town Totnes, a community-led and run local charity. We are part of what is now a national and global network of Transition groups coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. We exist to strengthen the local economy, reduce our environmental impact, and build our resilience for a future with less cheap energy and a changing climate. We are a grassroots organisation with a small staff team, working to support a wide range of mainly volunteer-led projects, in partnership with other local organisations. Our work ranges from increasing low impact affordable housing, sharing skills, creating livelihoods, reducing energy costs and carbon emissions and growing our local food economy.


Why do we want to roll out the project?

This year we have received interest from places including Suffolk, Scotland, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Bolton, London and Birmingham as well as many towns and villages near us in Devon. We know there is demand and we want to make it happen. We have support from the national Transition Together umbrella organisation who are going to help us promote the project to the network of 300+ groups.

With the right resources and training Transition Streets can be run anywhere at very little cost to the participating communities. This funding will help us with the next phase of scaling up the project.


What will we use the money for?

Your donation will help our project team to:

  • Train and support  20+ local community groups from anywhere in the UK 
  • Develop a network of participating groups and support peer-to-peer learning so they can share knowledge, experience and inspiration
  • Develop a standardized digital handbook (also suitable for print) that communities can use or adapt to their individual needs and circumstances
  • Adapt facilitation guides and the Transition Streets ‘Starter Pack’ (to help streets recruit neighbours to form groups) 
  • Hold online workshops - including group facilitation 
  • Hold an online national Transition Streets conference for participating communities
  • Work with Carbon Savvy to develop and rollout the carbon measurement tool
  • Hold in-person local events for Devon communities who want to run Transition Streets
  • Develop the website to better suit the needs of the network
  • Adapt our evaluation toolkit and work with partners to monitor the difference the project is making
  • Develop partnerships to expand the project reach and impact

‘If we wait for governments, it will be too late. If we act as individuals, it will be too little. But if we act as communities, it might just be enough, and it might just be in time’. Rob Hopkins, co-creator of Transition Streets and co-founder of the International Transition Movement.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

The Energy Revolution - book

Copies of the book The Energy Revolution from Permaculture Magazine. Check out their brand new website and subscribe (subscribers receive free digital access to all 30+ years of back issues & subscribers also receive epic offer on their award winning Permanent Publications books

£10 or more

Towards Zero Waste - book

Copies of the book Towards Zero Waste from Permaculture Magazine. Check out their brand new website and subscribe (subscribers receive free digital access to all 30+ years of back issues & subscribers also receive epic offer on their award winning Permanent Publications books

£10 or more

Permaculture design - book

Copies of the best selling book Permaculture Design from Permaculture magazine. Check out their brand new website and subscribe (subscribers receive free digital access to all 30+ years of back issues & subscribers also receive epic offer on their award winning Permanent Publications books

£20 or more

Games night in Totnes Sat Sep 10th

Kate is offering a games party for up to 10 people: come relax, enjoy a fun evening playing interactive games including Balderdash and others. On Sat, Sep 10th 7:30 pm – 10 pm in Totnes. Bring snacks/something you’d like to drink.

£35 or more

Carbon Ambassadors Uncut Course

From Carbon Savvy This is the definitive course for decision makers, leaders and communicators on the fastest, easiest ways to save CO2 and reach net zero, and how this raises quality of life. Consists of 8 modules. Check out their courses at:

£45 or more

Bike Workshop with the Totnes Bike Hub

A 45 minutes one-on-one bike basic maintenance session - how to fix a puncture, adjust brakes or gears (only in person).

£50 or more

Energy healing with Janey Francis

Intuitive energy healing for physical and emotional tension and stress. You are fully clothed and sitting in a chair. Usually about 30 - 40 mins. Janey is in Totnes.

£65 or more

Term membership of Sing Plymouth Community Choir

One term's subscription to community choir Sing Plymouth, led by local musician & choir leader, Pete Scott.

£90 or more

Acupuncture treatments for children

A course of 3 treatments at the Blossom Tree Children’s Clinic (in Dartington) for the treatment of common emotional and physical conditions in children and teenagers using child-friendly acupuncture needles and needle-free techniques, such as low-level laser, massage, Moxa, press seeds and cupping. These treatments are worth £108

£120 or more

Bundle of 3 coaching sessions with Erica Lewis

'Supporting you to uncover your clarity and resilience ' with experienced personal coach Erica

£10 or more

Subscription to Permaculture Magazine

Permaculture magazine, checkout their brand new website and subscribe (subscribers receive free digital access to all 30+ years of back issues & subscribers also receive epic offer on their award winning Permanent Publications books

£10 or more

Hillary Bee's Book Enter Here Beloved

In this collection of poems, written in Devon, Hilary Bee invites you into a journey of inner and outer landscapes. The verses honour personal encounters, meditations on life, immersion in the natural world, dreams and visions.

£10 or more

Growers Organic £10 voucher

£10 voucher from Growers Organic who grow certified organic plants in the heart of the South Devon countryside -

£15 or more

Standard Veg Box from the Apricot Centre

A box full of seasonal and local vegetables, ideal for 2-3 people. The weekly staples are potatoes and onions, unless you elected not to have any of these products. The other ingredients change weekly according to the seasons.

£15 or more

Fresh food box from Food in Community

One fresh food box, composed of mostly organic fruits and vegetables surplus that would otherwise be composted or thrown away by local farms and producers.

£20 or more

Signed copy of No Destination by Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar has been a Jain monk, nuclear disarmament advocate and pacifist. He is founder and Director of Programmes of the Schumacher College and is Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. Written with a penetrating simplicity, No Destination is an exhilarating account of an extraordinary life. The 4th edition was published in 2014 to commemorate 25 years since the foundation of Schumacher College.

£25 or more

Neurogenic Yoga Session

A one-on-one Neurogenic and Trauma release Yoga Session, in person or online with Hilary Bee. (yoga and trauma-release

£25 or more

Seasonal cake from the Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table offers a small seasonal cake. Dietary requirements can be accommodated. The cake must be redeemed by 20th November.

£30 or more

Free one year membership to the Resurgence Trust

It entitles you to: -Receive six issues of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine a year for the duration of the membership, plus FREE app access. -Receive access to an exclusive, online event for members which will bring together talks, meditation and the arts. -Receive updates on the Trust's celebrated events programme. -Gain online access to 50+ years of timeless, thought-leading Resurgence & Ecologist articles.

£50 or more

Coaching session with Barbara Greenway

Individual coaching session for ambitious women.

£50 or more

Coaching Session with Peter Shotton

Explore your desires, ambitions, concerns and challenges, (personal or professional) in a safe space with an experienced personal development coach.

£65 or more

Blissful nurturing massage treat or Xmas voucher

Deeply relax and receive a 4 handed massage for an hour from 2 qualified massage therapists at the same time - the equivalent 2 hours - worth £80. For you or a friend or as a Christmas voucher. By mssage therapists Kate Reed and John Cummings

£75 or more

Organic cotton bathrobe (small/medium) Greenfibres

Small/medium organic cotton bathrobe (light-brown colour) from Greenfibres (worth £86.60)-

£75 or more

Organic cotton bathrobe (medium/large) Greenfibres

Medium/large organic cotton bathrobe (loch blue colour) from Greenfibres (worth £86.60)-

£75 or more

A day's gardening with Paul from Incredible Edible

Paul from Incredible Edible Totnes is offering a day's gardening/advice for someone in the Totnes area -

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