Transition Town Totnes – The Whole Thing!

Transition Town Totnes (TTT) is a local charity that supports many theme groups, each of which addresses one aspect of the Transition story.  

The structure of Transition Town Totnes has been through several evolutions over the years as the project has gone from a small number of committed individuals operating on voluntary basis, to a significant community organisation managing a number of funded projects and an in income up to April 2010 of around £200,000.

The diagram below sets out our structure more clearly:

TTT Org diagram Nov 2009

TTT Organisation diagram Nov 2009

-       Theme groups (in green) focus on a particular area and initiate, coordinate and support projects (in yellow - a few are shown)

-       TTT Ltd (in red) oversees the legal aspects of all of TTT, and manages TTT services

-       TTT Services (in red) provides support to enable Theme Groups and Projects to take place 

Projects (in yellow) deliver Transition activity.  

Theme or Working Groups  run projects, put on events and hold regular planning and discussion meetings.  They are self-organising, but asked to ensure the following:

  • A representative attends Core group.
  • It has a minimum of 3 active members.
  • It holds regular open meetings i.e. at least every three months.
  • It updates the website on their activity.
  • It has been endorsed by the Core Group.

Theme groups act as initiating and coordinating groups for related projects, where the practical hands on work of Transition takes place. Projects are also self-determining and self-organising within the legal structures and responsibilities of the organisation. Projects may range from a one off event or gathering, to a group that forms its own incorporated organisation, raising funds or trading. 

Projects are just that - Projects delivering Transition at the hard end.  These normally emerge from the Theme or Working Groups. Many are now in the process of becoming community businesses. There are approximately forty active projects in the different theme groups.

The Core Group is the key decision-making body at the heart of TTT. It meets monthly and comprises a representative from each theme group as well as someone from the board of Trustees. It has responsibility for setting the direction and priorities of the organisation, as well as coordinating its activity.

TTT Services is an open team of people that supports the activities of the theme groups and their associated projects. This includes the administrator / coordinator (paid), volunteer coordinator (unpaid), communications team (unpaid), and project support (paid / unpaid, depending on project). TTT services provides an office, a meeting room, a point of contact, a regular bulletin, coordinates a programme of events and does what else it can to support the whole project.

Transition Town Totnes Ltd is a charity registered in the UK (no 1138865) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (no 06287039).  43 Fore St, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5HN Tel.01803 867358.   It is overseen by a board of Directors / Trustees who take responsibility for carrying through the strategic priorities set by the Core Group and managing the supporting TTT services.   Duties include monitoring TTT’s financial position, overseeing contracts with workers, insurance and other legal requirements.  All participation is voluntary and all positions are elected annually at an AGM.

Central projects (in red). these are projects strategically seeded from the centre with external funding.  These are Transition Together, Transition Streets and the Energy Descent Action Plan.  

link to glossary of TTT terms from old site, needs updating.