Local Authority Collaboration: A Climate Action Peer To Peer Series
What can I expect from the peer to peer Group?
Lots of local councils are getting more engaged with climate and environmental issues, and all the large councils in Oxfordshire have declared a climate emergency. However, many are not yet acting with the ambition and urgency needed. With limited powers and resources, local councils also need better collaborations with local community climate action organisations to achieve their goals.
Many social enterprises, community organisations and charities across Oxfordshire have been leading efforts on climate action in our communities.
Whether you work on transport, biodiversity/green space, waste, food, energy, or housing; local councils will be relevant to you. We will explore ways we can effectively collaborate with and influence local councils to better achieve our goals. Following significant local elections across most of Oxfordshire, now is a great time to reflect on your work in this area and think about what comes next.
This group will bring together 6 - 10 individuals working across Oxfordshire in organisations working on climate action. The 4 facilitated sessions will enable participants to share their experiences, ideas and challenges in a confidential setting.
The sessions will focus on knowledge-sharing, problem-solving and exploring new connections and collaborations. The content of the sessions will ultimately be determined by the needs of the group but are likely to include areas such as:
- Where do different powers and responsibilities sit locally? Specifically with which people or groups? How have local elections shifted things?
- What lessons can we draw from the best examples of effective local authority lobbying efforts and collaborations for climate action?
- What specific opportunities are on the horizon? What interventions are needed with a longer-term view?
- How do our different efforts fit together? What are the opportunities for collaboration?
- Building a shared ‘toolbox’ of approaches and tools for successful influencing and collaboration.
There will also be expert input, Q&As with people holding ‘inside’ perspectives, and specially prepared resources to enable participants to put what they’re learning into action.
Expect interactive sessions, honest conversations, some new tools to use in your work, and new connections.
Note: We plan to focus on the district/city and county councils in this group, though some aspects will be relevant to working with town and parish councils too.
Who is it for?
People from third sector organisations involved in climate action in Oxfordshire, who want to learn more about collaborating with and influencing councils to take bolder climate action.
The focus is on groups and organisations that are taking climate action themselves, alongside efforts to push for greater local authority action or collaborate on climate action efforts. The precise agenda will be dependent on the needs of the group.
This group probably is not for you if you’re not part of an organisation taking practical climate action already, or if your focus is on party political campaigning.
Participants must be from a legally constituted group/organisation.
One person per organisation.
Different people and organisations across Oxfordshire have different knowledge and experience around how we can push for bolder climate action through local authorities. By working together we can all have more impact.
Participating in a peer group can help you gain fresh perspectives, inspire new ideas and change habits of thinking. It can also help you form new contacts, build networks and gain valuable support from a team of like-minded peers.
The group is a place to try out new ideas before they are fully formed, and to share your difficulties as well as celebrate successes.
The CAG Oxfordshire staff team will also be working to (anonymously) harvest the knowledge and experiences shared by the group - so that others can benefit from the work we do together. So whilst building your own knowledge and skills you’ll be helping others working on ambitious climate action too!
How will the peer group work?
This will be a small group of around 6 - 10 successful applicants. Spaces are limited in order to maximise the benefit for those participating. Applicants will be required to complete a short questionnaire to help assess suitability and compatibility. You may receive a phone call as part of the application process.
Dates & Structure
There will be 4 x 3 hour sessions (including breaks!)
Dates: Thursdays 10 June, 24 June, 8 July, and 22 July, from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm each session.
This group will begin online via Zoom but could move to face-to-face meetings held at Makespace Oxford (OX2 6TP), if current restrictions are eased and all members of the group are willing to meet face to face. You must be able to attend all 4 sessions.
Anaïs joined CAG Oxfordshire in November 2018, and has recently trained to facilitate peer learning groups such as this one. She has a varied background in community growing, grassroots political action and teaching. She is particularly passionate about sustainable food.
Henry has been involved in community climate action in Oxfordshire for almost a decade, and leads the team at CAG Oxfordshire. Before coming to CAG Oxfordshire four years ago, Henry completed an MSc. in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.
Henry’s work involves lots of engagement and collaboration with Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council officers around climate action and community-led economic development. CAG Oxfordshire receives core funding from Oxfordshire County Council.
CAG consists of over 85 groups across Oxfordshire who are at the forefront of community led climate change action tackling 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.
For more information about the eScalate programme, visit www.oxfordshirelep.com/escalate
Please note that this webinar is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered as part of the eScalate programme to help SMEs. By engaging in this programme you are being offered assistance under the De Minimis regulation which allows a company to receive up to but not exceeding €200,000 of public funding (at the applicable exchange rate) of De Minimis aid over a rolling three-tax year fiscal period. This de minimis declaration does not cover undertakings engaged in: the primary production of agricultural goods and fisheries/aquaculture, road freight, services of general economic interest and export related activities and activities favouring domestic over imported goods. Please note, support cannot be given to undertakings (businesses) in difficulty. In order to receive support from this programme, you will be required to complete an application form and other relevant documentation.