Take Five: the fifth annual CAG Skill Share is a great success

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Last Saturday active citizens from across Oxfordshire, and beyond, came together to share their skills and experience with each other. In its fifth successful year the Skill Share combined eight different workshops with opportunities to meet and connect with others doing related projects across the county.

Participants particularly enjoyed the delicious, surplus food lunch from Waste2Taste and evening reception with local wine and apple juice . The World Cafe session in the afternoon was a hive of activity in the County Hall, with groups discussing exciting new plans and possibilities for the CAG network and the staff team.

One CAG member said:

I arrived feeling a bit as though I didn’t really need a whole day event after a full week’s work, and left feeling enthused and full of ideas and thoughts, so thank you!

Check out our best photos from the day on Facebook.

Presentations, workshops and other resources from the Skill Share

Opening Presentation from Kerry Lock at the CAG Project

Low Carbon Hub OxFutures Presentation

Bioregional Introduction to Community Energy Manager

Community-led Housing Presentation from Oxford Community Land Trust and Community First

The CAG Guide to Energy Projects – see this Thermal Imaging Project Timeline

The CAG Guide to Waste Projects – see this  Repair Cafe Presentation +  Guide: how we run Repair Cafes in The Mix  Jo also shared some of the documents The Mix use for their repair cafes: Restart Repair Cafe disclaimer +  Restart Repair Cafe Risk Assessment March 17 + Restart Repair Cafe Safety Guidelines.

The CAG Guide to Food Surplus Project: see these Recommended Food Surplus Resources

The CAG Guide to Air Quality and Transport Projects –  Slides from the presentation

How to Effectively Organise our Groups – workshop handout with links to other resources

Empathic Outreach: engaging with loneliness – Peter suggests these excellent Joseph Rowntree Foundation resources, which are a great place to start for anyone who is interested:

Sustaining Ourselves, Sustaining our Groups – Workshop summary (with links to other resources)

Change is a positive thing: resolving our conflicts together: Conflict Resolution Workshop Summary


Thanks to everyone who came and contributed their energy, ideas and skills to make the day such a success.

The CAG Project team had a great time, and are looking forward to the next one!

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