'Transition Town Totnes' or 'Transition Network'?
Firstly...thanks for wanting to visit Totnes!
If you are planning to visit Totnes, please be aware that Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network are two distinct organisations.
If you are coming to find out about the Transition movement - and how to get started where you live - you would be best contacting the Transition Network (TN) about visiting on 01803 865669. TN is here to help connect communities, inspire new ideas and expand and support the Transition activities all over the world and their website contains lots of resources including an Essential Guide to Doing Transition, and they also offer training.
We are a small, grassroots charity - majority volunteers - with a part-time support team of 3 who are based at the office, along with some part-time grant funded project staff. Enquiries are handled by our administrator, who works 1.5 days per week. As we have our hands full, delivering projects locally, we can't always make time for visitors particularly at short notice! Thanks for your understanding. If you would like to visit Totnes to learn about Transition here, please give us plenty of notice, and follow the tips below to make the most of your visit!
1. Come on a Transition Tour
The best way to find out about Transition in Totnes. If you are coming by yourself or with a couple of friends or family, join one of the regular Transition Walks and Talks, which usually run from May-Sept (dates will be on our calendar, see below). If you are coming with a group or would like something more bespoke, check out the 'Futurebound' initiative which offers mixed activity programmes for study, personal development and engagement. We've hosted visits from universities, exchange students, governments, business, media, sustainability courses and gangs from other Transition initiatives and NGOs. Email us here.
2. Come along to our events
One of the best ways to drop-in can be to plan your visit to coincide with one of our events - take a look at our Transition Town Totnes events calendar. There are regular film nights, socials and meetings; plus bigger events each year including a film festival, eco homes events, local entrepreneur forum, and food festival.
If you want to attend one of the TTT group meetings, please again refer to the calendar and Groups & Projects pages and make contact with them directly.
TTT is a small grassroots charity, and the majority of us are volunteers, who aren't based at the office. If you would like to interview people, please give us at least 2 weeks notice (preferably a month) and understand that if you want us to arrange a variety of interviews/meetings for you that it takes time for us to do this, and a financial contribution is needed towards our time. Our priority is our work in the local community, and we receive so many visitors that if we met everyone individually we would get no work done! So please don't be offended if we say no.
Please note if you are looking to interview Rob Hopkins, he works for the Transition Network, not TTT.
4. Meet a group
If you have a particular interest, you can find more information about our projects on the Groups & Projects page. Contact details for group coordinators are on the pages, but please remember that people have jobs, families and commitments that may get in the way of any outreach activities - please don't expect an immediate response!
Don't forget there are groups all around the country with just as much, and more, creativity and practicality as the Totnes groups. You can get those details from the pages of those from the Initiatives Directory on the Transition Network website.
5. Looking for a placement or internship?
Local? Get involved
For people living in Totnes or close-by who are interested in TTT, please review the Ways to Get Involved page and email Nicola on volunteer (at) transitiontowntotnes.org.
Alternatively check out the group/project you are interested in on the website and contact them directly, or come along to the next meeting or event!