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Community Action Groups (CAG) Oxfordshire consists of over 80 groups across Oxfordshire who are 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 4,000 events per year, attended by around 80,000 local residents and contributing over 50,000 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

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If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a CAG and member of the network check out our “how-to guides”.

 

Partnerships & Affiliations

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. We are an Oxford Living Wage employer and a member of Co-operatives UK, OSEP and Locality.

To find out more about our aims and common ambitions as a network, have a look at our Terms of Reference. If you’re interested, here’s our privacy policy for how we look after your data. 

 

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CAG Oxfordshire support team

Henry Owen

Lead Co-ordinator

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.
Email Henry.

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Christabel Buchanan

Network Support Co-ordinator 

Christabel has been in the CAG team since early 2020. Her background has been working on grassroots social change as well as academic research. She was involved in the People’s Knowledge working group and book editorial collective for Everyday Experts at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, where she coordinated a participatory action research project exploring alternatives to the capitalist food system during the economic crisis in Greece. She has since been part of a research team within EnergyRev looking at smart local energy systems. She has co-ordinated the Ecotopia Biketour which networks alternative initiatives and sustainable living projects in Europe, and has worked with residents of London housing estates to encourage cycling whilst at Sustrans. She is particularly motivated to facilitate community knowledge sharing which builds participatory action and local resilience.
Christabel works 4 days a week supporting CAG groups, facilitating collaborative and inclusive relationships within the network.
Email Christabel.

 

 

Anaïs Bozetine

Replenish Project Coordinator/ Network Support Coordinator

Anaïs 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 helps run an Oxford-based community garden, where she is experimenting with permaculture approaches. Prior to joining the CAG team, Anaïs studied Psychology at University College London (UCL) before working as a teacher in Spain, Italy and France.
Anaïs splits her time at CAG between coordinating support for network members and running the ‘Replenish‘ project, an initiative that supports Oxfordshire residents to grow and cook nutritious food with zero waste.

Email Anaïs

 

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Etain O’Carroll

Communications Coordinator

Etain joined CAG Oxfordshire in April 2020. She is a writer, editor and photographer who has worked with a wide variety of community organisations in paid and voluntary roles for many years. From editing community newspapers to teaching photography and graphic design and working on eco-festivals and archaeological digs, she has attempted to marry work skills with community action. She also has a special interest in collaborative art as an accessible medium to introduce visual communications to community and school groups as well as public bodies.

Email Etain 

 

 

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