We provide support for community groups, schools and individuals to organise events and projects to reduce waste in Mid-Devon. We are now expanding our network and help link groups to share skills, resources and ideas.
Projects include food surplus cafes, repair cafes, clothes swaps, composting workshops and skill share events helping people to reduce, re-use, 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
media and publicity
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
The Support Team
The CAG Devon team are Ruth Leonard-Williams, Melissa Harvey and Kerry Lock. We work for Resource Futures, an independent environmental company working to minimise the impact of consumption on the environment now and in the future.
Devon Community Engagement Coordinator
Ruth’s background is in promoting and supporting sustainable lifestyles and community action. She has managed projects for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Energy Action Devon, Somerset County Council and Dartmoor National Park Authority, as well as experience providing energy consultancy for domestic clients.
Ruth has volunteered for environmental initiatives both in her local community and abroad. She particularly enjoys finding ways to connect people and share inspiring stories and ideas. In her spare time she is developing a Forest Garden, as part of a land co-operative.
Ruth works two and a half days a week (including Tuesday and Wednesday) to offer advice and support to local groups and individuals taking action to reduce waste.
Devon Community Engagement Assistant
Melissa has worked in sustainability and environmental education for over 15 years. This has included working in the Information and Education teams at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), and 5 years working on the Composting in schools, and community composting projects with Devon Community Composting Network. She is also part of a team running a small organic market garden in South Devon, and teaches on the horticulture courses there.
Melissa works two and a half days a week (usually Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) on this project offering advice, help and support to local people who would like to take action to reduce waste and help their environment.
Community Engagement Manager
Kerry joined the CAG Project in July 2017 from Earth Trust (an environmental learning charity) where she held the posts of Head of Learning and Head of Research and Skills. Kerry has a rich and diverse background of community engagement, education, learning, skills training, lecturing in Environmental Sustainability, and environmental research – as well as practical land management. For more details see Kerry’s full bio. As Community Engagement Manager, Kerry’s focus is to support the sustainable development of the Community Action Group 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. Kerry is based three days with CAG Oxfordshire and two days split across CAG Devon, developing national CAG network opportunities, and directing education/learning opportunities nationally for Resource Futures.
The CAG Devon project is managed by Resource Futures and funded by Devon County Council.