Unit 3, Milverton House, Court Street, Leamington Spa
Open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday
Action 21 aims to raise awareness of the climate crisis, sustainable living and to reduce the environmental impact of the local community. We do this by running a second hand shop which sells donated items to save them from landfill. The income raised is used to support the business and promote other local sustainability themed projects.
Action 21 was set up by members of the Leamington and Warwick community to put sustainable development into practice at a local level. Launched as a social enterprise in 1996, in response to Agenda 21 of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, in 2010 Action 21 acquired charitable status. Over the years we have organised many projects to promote sustainability in the areas of food, energy, education, transport and recycling. Originally income came from statutory funds, charitable trusts and membership fees as well as self-generated income. Nowadays Action 21 is governed by a board of volunteer trustees and since 2012 Action 21 has not relied on external funding and now raises its entire revenue from the sale of goods at The Re-Useful Centre. The income generated by The Re-Useful Centre funds the organisation and various local projects
Our charitable aims
“To promote the protection and preservation of the environment for the public benefit by the promotion of waste reduction, re-use, reclamation, recycling, the use of recycled products and the use of surplus for the benefit of the inhabitants of the District of Warwick, and its environs. To also advance the education of the public in subjects related to sustainability in areas related to Energy, Food, and Transport through practical projects.”
What we’re aiming to achieve:
Action 21 aims to reduce waste, promote reuse, increase knowledge, and support our community in living more sustainably.
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
Since 1996, we have run many different projects and services in the areas of re-use, transport, energy and food, which have translated into the following measurable successes: Around 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill (as of February 2016). 183 kWp of solar electrical energy generation capacity installed (as of January 2013).
Our future focus
In the coming years, our key areas of focus will be: Reducing the environmental impact of the Leamington and Warwick population; Further developing opportunities that engage the local community in Action 21’s activities; Increasing our provision of learning opportunities in the areas of re-use, energy, transport and food that contribute to the upskilling of the local population.