Hal Gillmore and Fiona Ward delivered the Streets-wise programme to Sustainable Blewbury and Transition Kingsteigntonin 2011, and to a group of Housing Associations brought together by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust in 2012. Celia Minoughan joined the Streets-wise programme in 2012 and has delivered it alongside Hal to Transition Dorcester, Transition Reading and a group of Suffolk sustainability groups including Greener Framlingham.
Hal has been actively involved in Transition Town Totnes (TTT) since 2008 as interim TTT manager, Transition Tours guide, and as an accredited Transition trainer. He was part of the initial planning team for the Transition Streets project, and regularly facilitates the initial meeting of neighbours starting new Transition Streets groups in Totnes district.
Hal is also director of Big Green Canoe, which offers tours, education and personal development exploring Transition ideas in the Totnes area. His background includes tourism, business development, training & development and leading wilderness expeditions overseas.
‘I love the range of people that can engage with Transition Streets and how the Streets-wise programme now makes it accessible to organizations too,’ says Hal. ‘Its great to meet and work with people who are not in established Transition Initiatives but that want to pick this up and run with it’.
Celia became a Streets-wise trainer in 2012, after becoming a keen supporter of the Transition Streets project in 2010. A manager of the South West Energy Saving Trust Advice Service, she helped present the case to DECC for funding Transition Streets and was an advisor at Transition Streets energy fairs. She joined a local Transition Streets group in 2011 becoming such an enthusiast for the programme that she was keen to enable Transition and sustainability groups outside Totnes roll the programme out in their local areas.
‘I love hearing the great ideas which the groups on Streets-wise have for how it will work in their community’ says Celia. ‘Groups from rural areas like Suffolk to urban areas such as Reading are showing that Transition Streets works in all types of communities. We all want to get to know our neighbours better and in the process support each other to save money and energy.’
Celia has been a trainer for thirty years, specialising in local community engagement. Before joining Street-wise, she was an advice manager in East London for 20 years. There she trained organisations across the UK working with disabled people, refugees, and families to run programmes to engage their local residents to maximise their incomes and reduce debt.
She moved from London to Totnes in 2008 to manage the Energy Saving Trust Advice Service and to realise an ambition to walk the South West coastal path. Celia also recently set up the town’s Work Hub, providing flexible office, meeting space and business support to local small businesses and social enterprises.