Nestled under the castle in Totnes, Sparrow Road is a small cul-de-sac with an incredible sense of community. ‘The Sparrows’ took part in the original Transition Streets project in 2010 and their friendships and connections remain strong to this day.
As no cars pass through the street feels very safe and Sparrow children and those from the adjoining street play games and ride their bikes and scooters out in the road. A little area of woodland at the end provides a wild space where the children can play together.
The Sparrows are very fond of holding regular street parties and often share food, as well as clubbing together for a regular bulk food order to reduce costs.
During the pandemic when some vulnerable members of the street were shielding the neighbours were already good friends and were quickly able to provide support for each other.
People who’ve tried it have found that it’s much easier to make the changes together- you keep each other going and enjoy the process much more. We’ll send someone who’s done it before along to the first meeting to help you all get started. If you find you really don’t enjoy it then you can leave at any time.
Six to eight households are ideal, but no more than 10 people.
Households who have taken part in Transition Streets have reported make changes which have saved them on average a third of their energy and water bills.
For more information call 01803 867 358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We can help put you in touch with others in your area who may be interested in joining a group and provide flyers to help you recruit others. Once a new group is formed we will provide materials for each household, and arrange for a facilitator to attend your first meeting to help get you started.