The Re-Useful Centre has a new home!

Action 21’s Re-Useful Centre will shut its doors for the last time at Ramsey Road at 4.00pm Sunday 21st December 2014. It will be re-locating and opening at 10.00am on Tuesday 6th January 2015 at Unit 3, Milverton House, Court Street Leamington Spa CV31 2BB. The new premises will provide the organisation with both security […]

How Do Food Banks Work?

Did you know there are more than 400 food banks across the country? How do they work and could you help your local food bank? The recent recession and economic crisis has seen a huge increase in the number of people who visit food banks in order to get food that ordinarily they may not […]

Mend, Make and Modify Fun!

Have you ever wanted to get creative by sewing, knitting or crocheting? Maybe you want to modify the appearance of old clothing? This image shows what we got up to at the last Mend, Make and Modify session on 16th August with the help of our fabulous Skill Sharers!     Our next Mend, Make […]

How to Save Water in the Home

Here are some useful household tips that will help you to save water and make your home more water efficient!   Bathroom It may sound like an obvious thing but just turning off the tap whilst you’re cleaning your teeth can save as much as 6 litres of water a minute. That’s an incredible amount […]

Grow Your Own Salad Vegetables

Turn your garden into a mini allotment when you start to grow your own salad vegetables. Here’s the lowdown on what to grow and when.   Tomatoes Plant two tomato seeds into a small garden pot around 2-3 weeks after the last frost of the year. It’s important to pot two seeds just in case […]

Peace Festival Fun!

The Peace Festival, which took place at Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens on the 14th and 15th June 2014 was a resounding success, and lots of fun was had by all!   If you missed Action 21 at the event here are some shots showing what we got up to (some of which you can see […]

5 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Are you looking for ways to cut the cost of energy bills in your home? Read on for 5 simple steps that you can take which can help to save you money!   1. Reduce heating costs A really effective way of saving money on your heating bills can be to turn the thermostat in […]

Volunteering in Retirement – the story from Pippa and Wilf

By volunteer blogger Amy Cooke Data from the Royal Volunteering Service shows that over 25% of post-state pension age people reported that they were involved in voluntary work. [1]  I spoke to Pippa and Wilf, two volunteers at Action 21, to find out the benefits that volunteering can provide for those who are retired. Pippa […]

Jungle Club Easter fun

  Take a look at these pics from our Easter Holiday Jungle Club on 22nd April. A good time was had by all!   Photos by Action 21 volunteer photographer Gill Allcock.

The Hunt Continues….Update on Action 21’s Search for New Premises

  Since our last news a month ago we’ve been busy searching for new premises for the Re-Useful Centre.   We’ve viewed a number of local properties and have a much clearer idea of availability, costs and size – and we’re thinking creatively about the type of premises that the Re-Useful Centre could occupy. Many […]

Launch of Mend, Make & Modify group

Both wine and creative juices flowed at the launch of this new Skill Share project! We were inundated with visitors and an enjoyable and productive time was had by all. Huge thanks to all who came, and especially to volunteers Jodie, Gillian, Rosalie and Elaine for helping facilitate the day.   This group is free […]

Call for help to find Action 21 new premises

  Action 21 is looking to find new premises in the light of the news that part of Sydenham Industrial Estate – the local sustainability charity’s current location – is being strongly considered for housing development.   Action 21 has operated at Ramsey Road since 2009, when a local property owner assisted the local sustainability […]

Sustainability in the News: Sustainable Fashion

With the award season in full swing and the Oscars airing this Sunday, this is one of the high points in the fashion calendar. But is there room for sustainability in the fashion industry? Sustainable fashion, a branch of ethical fashion, is more than donations to charitable causes but a commitment to using environmentally-friendly materials […]

Pruning Workshop was a cut above the rest!

  On the 25th of January, in partnership with Canalside Community Food, around 20 people came down to our fruit tree pruning workshop. The aim of the event was to learn about pruning young pear and apple trees to develop their shape and growth, as well as investigating instances of tree disease. The project was […]

Volunteering helps Natalia move on up in the world

  Once a month here on the Action 21 blog we’re going to showcase the story of one of our past or present volunteers, to illustrate both the amazing work they do for us and the benefits that volunteering has for the individual. We hope that these stories will highlight the myriad reasons people volunteer […]

Five Easy Ways to Live More Sustainably

Happy New Year from everyone here at Action 21! We’ve had the most amazing 2013 but this is the season, inevitably, to look forward into the future. With that in mind, we want to start 2014 off by listing the top five simple ways you can live more sustainably in the New Year.     […]

Warwick mums learn how to knit

    A pioneering partnership initiative between Action 21, Warwick District U3A (University of the Third Age) and Westgate Children’s Centre in Warwick has been attracting young mums from Warwick to learn how to knit.   As part of our Skill Share project, members of the local U3A ‘Woolpack’ knitting group have been running free […]

Meet Our Newest Member of Staff!

After a very successful recruitment drive, we’re excited to welcome Action 21’s newest member of staff! Our income is up sufficiently to be able to employ a Bicycle Workshop Coordinator three days a week. Having a dedicated member of staff will enable us to develop the Bike Workshop project further, increase the quality and quantity […]

How to have a Sustainable Christmas

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, halls decked with boughs of holly and wheelie bins overflowing with five extra bags of household waste. A contemporary Christmas is founded on excess – too much television, too many presents and too many sprouts. As a nation, we tend to spend a lot of time talking about the […]

Sustainability in the Home: An Oily Mess

At this moment, in kitchens across the country, meals are in the process of being cooked. The ignition for so many of these meals – cooking fats and oils – may be left to pool in the pan, forgotten about until they come to be wiped away in the washing up bowl. What seems like […]

Food Part 5: Organic Food

The organic standards for food in the UK are laid down in European Union (EU) law. Any food labelled ‘organic’ must meet these standards. They cover all aspects of food production, from animal welfare and wildlife conservation, to food processing and packaging. Organic food sold in the UK must display a certification symbol or number. […]

Will the Bank of England cash-in on polymer technology?

Australia has boasted investments into complex polymer material since 1988, and has since witnessed several countries relying upon the thin film polypropylene polymer in the form of plastic bank notes. The number of countries converting from paper notes to the use of polymer bank notes is gradually increasing; currently sitting at 23 countries such as […]

Sustainability in the Home: How computer games could make your household more sustainable

Trying to convince children to do something about climate change can be a challenging task. They have been born into a world where this abstract concept – so much less urgent than who’s sitting next to who in Geography or why a sibling got an unfairly large amount of time on the computer – is […]

Food Part 4: Organic Farming

Organic farming recognises the direct connection between our health and how the food we eat is produced. Organic farming does: Reduce soil erosion and loss of soil fertility Preserve the habitat of local wildlife Develop fertile soil by rotating crops and using compost, manure and clover Encourage wildlife to help control pests and disease Provide […]