Community Action Group (CAG) Oxfordshire consists of almost 80 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 over 2,000 events per year, attended by around 80,000 local residents and contributing over 20,000 volunteer hours to the county.
What we do
The CAG Oxfordshire 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”.
CAG Oxfordshire is a founding member of, and based at Makespace Oxford – a community led project that is finding innovative ways of bringing empty and underused buildings back into use as an affordable working and making space for socially driven organisations. Come and visit us at this exciting new space!
The project is managed by CAG Oxfordshire and funded by Oxfordshire County Council.
CAG Oxfordshire support team
Henry joined CAG Oxfordshire in October 2017. He has a varied experience in community action, communications, youth work and academic research. He has held roles in a variety of fields, including a local solar PV installer and an organisation supporting student volunteers. Before coming to CAG Henry completed an MSc. in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. Henry is also the co-chair of the board of trustees at Transition Network, the charity that supports the Transition Movement around the world, and a director of Broken Spoke Bike Co-op. He’s inspired by communities around the world (and around Oxfordshire) coming together to re-imagine and re-build our world.
Henry leads the CAG Oxfordshire staff team, overseeing strategy, network facilitation, funding and offering development support to groups in the network.
Rhiannon joined CAG Oxfordshire in June 2018. She has a wide range of experience working in facilitation, education, communications and community development. Her work focuses on supporting social enterprises, co-operatives and community networks to grow. Her passion is how we can talk about and build a more equal, democratic and sustainable economy. She has co-founded several projects such as AltGen, Hub Youth Academy, The Really Open University and The Space Project. She has worked for Impact Hubs, Hackney Cooperative Developments and The REconomy Centre in Totnes and has just finished a self led mistress on The Wellbeing Economy.
Rhiannon works part time and leads on communications, publicity and media.
Replenish Project & Network Support Co-ordinator
Anais joined CAG Oxfordshire in November 2018. She has a varied background in community growing, grassroots political action and teaching. She is passionate about sustainable food and run an Oxford-based community garden, where she is experimenting with permaculture approaches. Prior to join the CAG team Anais studied Experimental Psychology at UCL. She is now keen to apply her knowledge of behaviour change within her new role at CAG, in order to encourage people to waste less food. Anais is also a CELTA-qualified language teacher, having taught English in Spain, Italy and France.
At CAG, Anais works 2 days a week supporting the practical operations of running the network and supporting groups, and works 3 days a week coordinating Replenish, an initiative that supports volunteers to raise awareness and share skills around food waste and composting.