Community Action Groups
The CAG project in Oxfordshire began in Sept 2001 as a partnership project between The Recycling Consortium (now Resource Futures) in Bristol and Oxfordshire County Council. The project is supported by all District Councils in Oxfordshire and was initially funded by Viridor Waste management through Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment (TOE) and Oxfordshire County Council.
Since the ToE funding finished the project has been fully funded by Oxfordshire County Council.
The CAG project provides support and funding for community groups holding events and intiatives that help to reduce the amount of resources wasted and reduce carbon emissions in Oxfordshire.
CAG Officers work to support exisiting CAGs in their events and initiatives and to promote the idea of 'resource sustainable communities' to other areas in Oxfordshire.
The CAG Support Team
(l-r Sarah Burns, Peter Lefort and Simon Kenton)
Simon Kenton - CAG Project Manager
Simon has a background of working with diverse community and environmental projects in places as far flung as Poland, Israel and Nepal. He spent a number of years setting up a permaculture, alternative technology and sustainable living initiative in Central France. Prior to joining the CAG project in November 2007 he was coordinator of Worcestershire Resource Exchange, Worchester's ˜scrapstore', Community Repaint and timber recycling project. He lives on a narrow boat with his dog, Blue, in Oxford.
Peter Lefort - CAG Project Officer
Peter started work on the CAG Project in July 2011. He moved to Oxford in 2010 and has previously worked for the environmental and human rights charity People & Planet as the Education and Training Coordinator, supporting young people across Oxfordshire and the UK to take action on local and global issues. He has been volunteering and training volunteers for the last ten years, helping support services and community groups from the RNIB to Roller Derby become independent, organised and sustainable, as well as using his background in film-making to create videos for publicity and support. He is currently a trustee of two local community-run projects in Oxford.
Sarah Burns - CAG Project Impact Modeller
Sarah started working with the CAG Project in July 2012. She is developing a community impact modeling tool to estimate the effect Community Action Groups have on waste, energy and carbon reductions. Sarah has a background in Environmental Sciences having completed a BSc Environmental Science and MSc International Development: Environment and Development at The University of Manchester. Following on from this she completed two overseas internships in India and Nepal with organisations focusing on grassroots community led development. Sarah has also been involved in numerous voluntary activities, ranging from promoting the rights of young people within the community to pulling pints at a Charity Beer festival to being a games maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She also volunteers as Chair of Operations on the Management Committee of Development in Action, a UK registered charity which promotes Global Citizenship by improving understanding and encouraging engagement in development issues amongst young people in the UK.