We are a small community-led organisation with charitable objectives. We aim to tackle issues arising from climate change and resource scarcity, such as fuel poverty and food insecurity, at a local level by promoting and demonstrating sustainable living in our neighbourhoods.
Transition Edinburgh South was established as a voluntary association in 2009 and became a Company Limited by Guarantee in March 2013. We are considering applying for charitable status.
We are governed by a management committee of eight people. We currently have about 20 formal members and 70 volunteers and are also looking to develop a “Friends of TES” associative membership. Membership is open to everyone so long as their objectives are compatible with those of TES as set out in its constitution.
We received funding from the Climate Challenge Fund from April 2009 to March 2012 to deliver a range of increasingly ambitious projects, culminating in Transition For All, which began in April 2011.
Through these projects, we’ve been actively engaging communities in activities that lessen the impact of climate change. However, in recognition that the challenge is also to help communities to adapt to the future where both climate change and the effects of oil depletion are a reality, we have shifted our focus to help communities to adapt and with effective capacity building become more resilient. As part of this we have a food growing project in Gilmerton, Gracemount and Moredun which started in late 2013.
We also have the vision of providing a hub for community organisations in south Edinburgh, possibly with our own premises and certainly with sharing of resources online. We developed this through a series of public meetings in summer and autumn 2012, but are still exploring ways to take it forward.