We support communities to develop projects and organise events to reduce waste and promote sustainable living in Mid-Devon and Teignbridge. We provide direct support to community organisations as well as linking groups in the growing CAG Devon network to share skills, resources and ideas.

Projects include food surplus cafes, repair cafes, clothes swaps, composting workshops and skill share events helping people to share, swap, mend, reduce, re-use and recycle.

Whether you are an existing community group or would like to set up a new group in your area, we can help you with:

  • day to day support
  • fundraising
  • insurance
  • media and publicity
  • training
  • seed funding (for new groups)
  • monitoring tools to measure your impact so you can show how you are helping the environment and people
  • case studies and inspiration

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The Support Team

We work for Resource Futures, an independent environmental company, and accredited B-Corp, working to minimise the impact of consumption on the environment now and in the future.

Helen Vines

CAG Devon Project Coordinator

Helen graduated, more years ago than she cares to remember, with a BA in Geography, and Community and Youth Studies.  With environmental roles thin on the ground at that point, she took a diversion and worked as a systems analyst for Liverpool Port Authority for several years, before escaping to work at Cape Cod National Seashore for a fabulous summer, and then completing an MSc in Landscape Management, Design and Ecology.  The next three years saw her for working for a Countryside Management project in Kent, and then moving to the South West, where she has worked primarily as a social enterprise business advisor, with a focus on helping organisations to measure the difference they make, aka their “social impact”.  During this time she also worked with the British Council Social Enterprise team in Turkey, Malta, Greece and India.  She’s constantly inspired by the passion and values of the organisations she gets to work with, who seek to make the world a better place for the people who use their services.

Over the last three years, this work has taken on a digital dimension, through Helen’s work at Cosmic (a social enterprise digital agency), supporting social enterprise leaders to get to grips with digital in their business, again to ultimately increase their social impact.  Helen is also an Associate Trainer for NCVO and School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Clare Groom

CAG Devon Project Officer

Clare brings to the project 25 years’ experience in communications and marketing, having worked for with not-for-profits, small businesses, social enterprises and public sector organisations.

Her previous employers include the Centre of Alternative Technology and The Community Farm near Bristol. As one of the founding members of The Community Farm, Clare helped to bring the community together to transform The Farm from a fledgeling project into the thriving community enterprise it is today.

In addition to her work for CAG Devon, Clare also works part-time for Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, organising and communicating activities which help members of the public to access, enjoy and look after this precious protected landscape.

Her expertise includes community engagement, events planning, social media, print production, website development, content creation and media relations. Clare’s professional qualifications include a Chartered Institute of Marketing Postgraduate Diploma.

Lucinda Brook

CAG Devon Project Manager

Lucinda, or Lu as she’s known, combines more than 20 years of strategic communications experience with an MSc in Sustainable Development in Practice. As Project Manager, Lu’s focus is to support the sustainable development of the Community Action Group (CAG) network – including diversifying funding streams – to help springboard the incredible (and constantly evolving) array of community-led climate change action the CAG network has generated. At Resource Futures, Lu’s role spans behaviour change and the circular economy, working with business, communities and the public sector to tackle systemic sustainability challenges such as resource efficiency, plastic pollution and the climate emergency. For more details, see Lu’s ­full bio at Resource Futures.

The CAG Devon project is managed by Resource Futures and funded by Devon County Council.

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