The Community Action Group (CAG) Project consists of almost 60 groups across Oxfordshire, at the forefront of community led climate change action, organising events and projects to take action on issues including waste, transport, food, energy, biodiversity and social justice.
Started in 2001, the network is the largest of its kind in the UK, running around 2,700 events per year, attended by 140,000 local residents and contributing over 36,000 volunteer hours to the county.
What we do
The CAG Project team provide free day-to-day support to the network members including:
Advice, expertise and mentoring to set up and maintain groups and develop projects, events and activities.
Insurance cover for network activities.
Access to CAG funding for special projects and support sourcing external funds for larger projects.
Press, media and communications coordination via our communication channels including the Key newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.
Training, skill sharing and networking events and opportunities.
Access to the ResourceCIT, a Government recognised data collection and monitoring portal, in order to report on and evidence our collective impact.
Access to a large bank of materials and resources.
Signposting to other organisations and bodies for advice and partnership building.
Facilitating work with local and national government
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a CAG and member of the network check out our “how-to guides”.
The project is grateful for the support of the CAG Network Forum, an advisory group made up of CAG members that meets every 2 months to share learning and help shape the future direction of the project.
The project is managed by Resource Futures and funded by Oxfordshire County Council.
To find out more about our aims and common ambitions as a network, have a look at our Terms of Reference.
The CAG support team
CAG Project Coordinator
Alice is an experienced project manager and environmental educator. She has led on a variety of community, sustainability and green space development projects, as well as environmental campaigning and education programmes at a number of national charities including People & Planet, Oxfam and Groundwork London. She has also worked in education and training settings and has an MSc in Education for Sustainability. Her passion lies in facilitating participation and empowering communities.
Alice works full-time on providing advice and fund-raising support to CAGs, as well as organising events and training.
Community Engagement Manager
Prior to joining the CAG Project in November 2007, Simon had built up his community development skills through managing urban and rural development projects across the UK and beyond. Simon has a background of working on diverse community and environmental initiatives in places as far flung as Poland, Israel, France and Nepal.
Simon is the contract manager for Good Food Oxford, Oxford’s sustainable food network, as well the manager of Resource Futures’ community engagement work in Devon.
He is co-founder and director of the reuse project Bicester Green, and on the steering group of the Feeding the Gaps food surplus initiative. Simon works part time for the Oxford CAG Project supporting the development and sustainability of the programme.
CAG Project Officer
Beth joined the CAG Project in December 2016. She has a background in marketing and communications having worked in several varied roles in publishing, a mental health charity, and a local theatre. She also works part time at Talking Shop Sandford to develop a sustainable community café.
A big food lover, and hater of waste, Beth is involved with the Oxford Food Surplus Café in the City and at Sandford’s Talking Shop, and can often be found in the kitchen cooking up vast quantities of food at their events.
Beth works part time on the project, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and leads on communications, publicity and media.