The Community Action Groups (CAG) Devon project supports twenty-four groups located in Mid Devon and Teignbridge, operating various projects such as community fridges, repair cafés, and beach cleans.
The project’s aim is to create a more sustainable future by empowering community groups to take action. The economic and environmental impact of these groups can be measured through gathering data and general number crunching, but what about the wider impacts? How do we gain a better understanding of the impacts on volunteers and communities? What better way than to ask volunteers themselves.
We’re sharing stories collected from seven CAG volunteers as they describe their experiences of volunteering in their local community.
Today’s story belongs to Peter Stott who volunteers with Sustainable Tiverton.
If you live in Tiverton, you’ve probably heard of this amazing group of volunteers.
Sustainable Tiverton are everywhere! From redistributing surplus food to food banks, community centres and schools, hosting monthly community meals to planting trees and orchards, they are committed to fighting climate change and improving their local community.
Peter Stott started volunteering for them in 2019 when he learned they desperately needed someone to help with their admin and his involvement grew from there. He finds volunteering extremely rewarding and his three grandchildren keep him motivated to continue making positive environmental changes. He also loves the annual Apple Day! You can find out more about how Sustainable Tiverton are bringing the community together, having fun (at Apple Days and many other events!) and taking action against climate change here.
If you’re interested in improving your local community and can spare an hour or two, why not connect with your local group? Groups in Mid Devon and Teignbridge can benefit from CAG Devon support but there are plenty of useful resources for groups in other areas. Visit CAG Devon or contact email@example.com for more information.
Sustainable Tiverton is one of many community organisations in Devon supported by CAG Devon, a project funded by Devon County Council.
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