Socialising and group support
Southend in Transition start their weekly meetings with everyone feeding back on how their weeks have been. This helps the group to provide mutual support and to gain an understanding of the pressures each member is currently under, enabling sympathetic distribution of responsibilities. The group also always ensures there is a social element to every core group meeting through organising a bring and share meal, and will cut short their meetings if they start to run over in order to allow time to spend quality time together. These aspects are seen to be just as important as the project planning part of the meeting, as they help to ensure everyone’s involvement is fun and sustainable, preventing burnout.