Collaborate Groups

Collaborate events are opportunities for Community Action Groups (CAGs) working on similar projects or across a common theme to meet up, share and find ways of working together.
The meetings are open to members of the CAG network, as well as other associated, like-minded groups and organisations. We also moderate theme mailing lists for CAGs to communicate with each other between meetings.
As a large network spread across the county, the meetings are an important chance for CAGs to:
  • Discover more about other groups’ activities and achievements
  • Share knowledge and skills
  • Explore opportunities for collaborative projects and funding bids
  • Gain advice and support from The CAG Project staff and other members
  • Network and socialise with other members


  • Plastics:

    • Next meeting: Tuesday 29th September, 6-7.15pm, online

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The plastics collaborate group reconvened at the end of July for a catch up after many months of not meeting. During those months away, a lot has changed – of course – because of coronavirus. Some concerns were raised about the increase in single use plastic waste being used and thrown away since the start of the pandemic. Gloves and masks, for example, and take away plastic bags (in schools) tubs and lids (from restaurants and coffee shops). There was also discussion that people were selecting plastic-wrapped goods from supermarkets with the view that its cleaner. This is not a new problem though, most agreed, the same trends are happening as before. Plastic is a supply-side industry which needs regulating, and at the same time we as a society need education on the damage plastic waste does. Coronavirus, and the risk of infection, just adds an element of unpredictability in peoples’ purchases, and uncertainty of how to communicate about the unnecessary use of plastics in packaging. There was enthusiasm to continue plastic free town campaigns in Abingdon, Woodstock and Didcot – with actions to unwrap instore and find out about schools’ policies on food containers.


  • Waste:

    • Next meeting: Tuesday 4th August 2020, 6-7.15pm, online

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  • Energy:

    • Next meeting: Summer 2020 – time/venue TBC

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  • Schools / Kids Climate Action Network:

    • More info to come soon – get in touch to register interest or find out more.

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  • Growing:

    • Next meeting: Wednesday 8th July 2020 – 6–7pm, online

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  • Food surplus: 

    • Next meeting date and time TBC

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  • Trees and Rewilding:

    • Next meeting: Wednesday 19th August 6:30 – 8pm, online

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The Tree and Rewilding Collaborate group is going strong! The last two sessions have been focused on common community issues. Lucy Staveley, trustee of The Wychwood Project, spoke about the Burford Tree Initiative which aims to plant 2,020 trees in Burford by the end of 2020. As part of the campaign she has been encouraging landowners, community groups and individuals to plant tree or two – or a thousand in the case of one farmer! This campaign is an example of what we can achieve in our communities through planning, building relationships, perseverance and sharing experience. This was followed by guest, Kevin Rillie, who suggested ways to effectively engage with landowners from his experience as a landowner himself, and as an advisor on estate management.


If you are a member of a group wishing to take part in one of these meetings or wish to start a Collaborate Group on a new theme please get in touch with The CAG Project staff team: info@cagoxfordshire.org.uk

Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements, or if you aren’t sure how best to travel to the venue. Email us info@cagoxfordshire.org.uk and we’ll do our very best to help.

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