Action 21 is a local volunteer-based charity that aims to reduce the environmental impact of the Leamington and Warwick communities and raise awareness of the benefits of sustainable living. The organisation was launched as a social enterprise in 1996, in response to Agenda 21 of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. In June 2010 it acquired charitable status.
What we do
Action 21 focuses on reusing donated manufactured goods such as furniture, bikes, electrical goods and other household items, thus saving them from landfill The income from the sale of these goods is used to support and run sustainability-themed projects. We do this by running various projects and activities focused on the issues of food, re-use, transport and energy.
What we’re aiming to achieve
Action 21 aims to reduce waste, promote reuse, increase knowledge, and support our community in living more sustainably. We do this by sharing information, by promoting the development of sustainability-themed skills and by providing a facility which enables the public to divert useful household items from landfill.
For the environment, we aim to:
• Reduce the amount of reusable goods going to landfill
• Reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in the local area
• Encourage the consumption of locally produced food, thus saving on food miles.
For the local community, we aim to:
• Raise awareness around how to live more sustainably
• Provide a source of quality re-usable items at low cost
• Provide education and training opportunities related to living sustainably
• Offer group activities and volunteering opportunities designed to strengthen the local community.
For individuals, we aim to:
• Enable upskilling, thus increasing employment opportunities
• Offer a variety of volunteering opportunities to meet a wide range of personal, social and work-based motivations
• Provide a safe, friendly and rewarding volunteering experience.
Where we’re based:
• The Re-Useful Centre, at 5 Ramsey Road in Sydenham, diverts tonnes of potential waste from landfill by enabling the public to donate and shop for reusable household items at low prices.
• East Lodge Sustainability Centre and Permaculture Garden is situated at the Willes Road entrance of Jephson Gardens. It contains a wealth of local and national sustainability-themed information and also offers workshops and events for the whole family. Rooms are also available for hire.