Who We Are
Transition Town Totnes was formed in September 2006 as a registered charity. We are a dynamic umbrella organisation consisting of different theme groups including food, building and housing, business and the local economy, and with many local projects originating from these themes.
Transition Town Totnes is self-organising, mainly volunteer operated, and community-led. Projects are developed by interested members of the community coming together to make them happen, with support for communications, strategic representation and fund-raising from the TTT office.
Here are a few of the amazing volunteers, staff and trustees that make up Transition Town Totnes:
We have many wonderful volunteers running projects - it would take up so much space to name them all! Nothing we do could happen without them. If you are interested in volunteering please visit our dedicated volunteering page.
The Core Group
At the heart of the organisation is the Core Group which meets monthly and comprises of a representative from each project and the board of Trustees, as well as TTT support staff. The role of the Core group is:
- To set the strategic direction for the organisation and agree on the evolution of the organisation, as well as coordinating its activity
- To provide the capacity, resources and funding to implement the aims and objectives of the organisation
- To support all participants, including all volunteers and paid staff
- To agree communications to build coherence
Based at the office are part-time core staff and several grant-funded project posts. We all work part-time and are in and out of the office - if you’d like to visit us please call first on the number at the bottom of the page. And if you’d like to know more about the range of projects, you can sign up for a Transition Tour - usually on a Friday - please check the Events calendar to find out when they are on.
The Board of Trustees
All our Charity Trustee positions are voluntary, with positions elected annually at the AGM, although the Board of Trustees has the right to co-opt a new trustee during the year if it thereby gains a needed skill.
Their key roles are:
- To agree on an annual budget and ensure that legal, financial, HR and other requirements are met, in particular, to maintain accounting records, and to produce annual accounts and an annual report.
- To review the match between the charitable purposes and the organisation’s activities and to regularly review the governing document.
- To consider the future sustainability of the organisation – balancing what is needed now with what will be needed in the future, actively considering options relating to diversification and income generation, ensuring that funding strategies comply with good practice and ethical considerations.
- To ensure that the funding/financing strategy is implemented effectively.