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Posted 11/01/2018

MAKING CHELTENHAM MORE SUSTAINABLE

Vision 21 was established in 1994 and our aim is to make Gloucestershire more sustainable. This means more than it sounds and is not just about helping the environment, it is about creating, vibrant and healthy communities.

We are a small charity of limited means and so we must adopt a pragmatic approach to why, what, where and how we do things, in order to maximise our impact. As a guide, we focus our attention on the following 5 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals:

• Climate Action
• Sustainable Communities
• Responsible Consumption
• Clean Energy
• Education.
Most of our work is community based and we have several projects on the go in Cheltenham, which include:

Reclaim furniture re-use project located at Unit 25b on the Lansdown Industrial Estate by the railway station and the store is open 9:30-4:40 Mon-Sat. In addition to recycling furniture, this project offers on the job training to unemployed people, helping them build self-esteem and confidence.

Pilates Classes for all ages, which is supported by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The free, hour long sessions are held between 1:00-2:00pm at the Oasis Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham GL51 7SY. All mats and equipment will be provided and the teacher will ensures the exercises are carried out safely and correctly in a friendly, welcoming environment. Booking essential call or email 07934 977171 ABCpilates@btinternet.com.

Hand sewing and Crafts Short Courses will take place throughout the year, again through the support of a Big Lottery Fund grant. These free courses include hand and machine sewing, upcycling, and Christmas gifts. They will take place at Create on the Square Café. For more details call 07494 341781.

Regeneration & Repair Café takes place between 10:00-1:00 on the first Saturday of the month (except Jan) at St Andrew’s Church, Montpellier St. It is a place to both socialise, learn and get various household items fixed. Repairers, helpers and customers always welcome.

For more information about Vision 21 and the work is does visit our website www.vision21.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @vision21glos.

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