History | Successes | Challenges | Contact
History: Formed back in 2008 as Linlithgow Climate Challenge (LCC), we first heard about Transition through an excellent presentation by Eva Schonveld at one of our inaugural meetings.
Our first meetings helped to galvanise us into taking local action. We formed into predictable groups; Food & Gardening, Energy Saving, Renewables, Cycling, Allotments, Finance and Admin, Recycling, etc. Folks then focused on one or two sub-groups where discussions and ideas would develop.
Transition Linlithgow is now merged with Linlithgow Community Development Trust (LCDT).
Successes: Several successful funding rounds with Climate Challenge Fund helped us on our way. We ticked the usual boxes that CCF funded groups do. Raising awareness, delivering projects, getting people involved, regular reporting, financial accounting, etc. At the peak we had several staff, an advice centre and a big list of projects.
We helped hundreds of homes to fit loft and wall insulation, approximately 400 properties installed solar thermal and PV panels and heaps more started to eat locally, cycle more and recycle stuff.
Linlith-GO-Solar project more recently has been an amazing success with 2 crowd sourced funding rounds complete and working to the third.
Challenges: Short term grants, no funding, changes in staff numbers, membership, we've been through it all and come out of the other side. Merging with LCDT brings its own unique benefits and aspects, but on the whole, a shared problem and fewer bank accounts, AGM's and trustees helps to avoid the stresses of charity administration in a small town already full of many other orgs all vying for volunteer support.
Contact: www.transitionlinlithgow.org.uk or LCDT
Harvest Feast - Enjoying local food together on a Farm.
LADAS - Linlithgow Allotment Society. 70plots.
Finding time to network and talk to other groups.
Our original bulk-purchase Solar PV and Solar Thermal project.