Happy Christmas Everyone

The Fairtrade Fountain was a great success at Horsforth Farmers’ market. Hope everyone has a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

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Fairtrade stall at Horsforth Farmers’ Market

Pop along to Horsforth Farmers’ Market on Saturday 2nd December from 10am-12noon on Town Street,( St Margaret’s School) and look out for the Fairtrade Stall. There will be lots of great Fairtrade gifts to buy, and a Fairtrade chocolate fountain for you to dip fruit in. What a great start to the Christmas festivities.

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Invitation to our next meeting

Our  Group works to spread the news about all things Fairtrade  in Leeds. We organise events and try to liaise with all the church, school and business groups who are working  to promote Fairtrade in the City. Our next meeting is on Thursday 23rd November, from 10am-12. at Leeds Civic Hall.  If you feel you’d like to help us, we’d love to meet you.  Please come and say hello. Our next meeting after that  is on January 18th 2018, same time, same place. Please contact us if you’d like more information

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Saturday’s coffee morning at Guiseley Baptist Church

Guiseley Baptist Church on Oxford Road is having a coffee morning from 10.15-11.30 on Saturday 11th November. There will be tea, coffee and bacon sarnies and lots of super Fairtrade gifts from Traidcraft, Zaytoun and “From the Source”.  Do pop along and get your Christmas shopping off to a flying start.

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Traidcraft fair


Just a reminder that Katherine’s TRAIDCRAFT OPEN HOUSE starts tomorrow, Friday 3rd Nov (10-6). All Welcome! Please pass the word around.

Also running Saturday 4th Nov (10-6) and Sunday 5th November (10-5)
Address: 35 The Drive, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1JQ.
… For more information please contact Katherine on 07587174052

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Sainsbury’s loses Fairtrade mark on Red and Gold label tea

We won’t buy Sainsbury’s Red and Gold label tea until they regain their Fairtrade status. Please Sainsbury’s give us back our Fairtrade tea.

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Running for 24 hours

Congratulations to Burj and Peter for getting the best time in the men’s pairs at Endure24. They were raising money for the Leeds Development Centre. The Leeds DEC raises awareness of global sustainable development with young people in Leeds

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We’re looking for a co-ordinator

The Leeds Fairtrade Group is run by a small group of volunteers. We are now looking for a voluntary co-ordinator to help us. The role involves helping to initiate and organise events, help with running meetings – we meet six times a year on Friday mornings, and help with keeping our Twitter and Facebook pages up to date. Assistance with keeping our website up to date would also be helpful.

Ideally our volunteer would have the ability to facilitate and encourage volunteers’ ideas and actions,  ability to work as part of a group, experience in “small event” management , and to be able to liaise with existing and potential partners across the city.

He/she would have IT and social media skills, ability to take the initiative as well as work as a positive team player and to be a creative thinker.

To have understanding of Fairtrade and global issues would be an advantage.

You will get a unique experience to network with passionate and knowledgeable volunteers across the city who want to make the world a fairer place! You will gain experience in managing websites, public speaking,  running  (small scale) events and making maximum impact on a shoestring!:)

Please contact us with  brief details about yourself and your relevant experience if you would like to join us.

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Two events in Leeds

There are two interesting events in May 

  1. Ed Mayo, general secretary of Co-operatives UK will speak on   

                 CAN BUSINESSES BE VALUES LED?  held on Thursday 11th May 

                  at  The  Heart Centre, Bennett Road, Headingley at 7.30pm

2. Shared Interest are holding a Leeds Supporters Day on

                      20th May from 10.30 – 13.45

   at The White Cloth Gallery 24 – 26 Aire St. Leeds LS1 1HT

Anyone interested in learning about Shared Interest is welcome


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Schools say no to exploitation

Children from Burley St. Matthias and ‘Burj the banana’ give Fairtrade the thumbs up

Children from 15 primary and secondary schools across Leeds,  came together during Fairtrade Fortnight on Thursday March 9th to run an afternoon of workshops which they have planned around the theme ‘Take a Break for Fairtrade’. They educated each other and their teachers, about Fairtrade and how it is enabling farmers around the world to earn a fair wage and lead dignified lives.

Supported by Leeds DEC and the city’s Fairtrade group, the 7th annual Fairtrade School Celebration took place at Leeds Civic Hall. It was  officially opened at 1:00pm with speeches by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Councillor Mulherrin.

During the event the children ran workshops including child slavery in the cocoa trade, Fairtrade trivial pursuit, chocolate tasting and learning about the journey of the cocoa bean. Throughout the afternoon, they thought about effects of unfair trade and at 3.00pm will symbolically broke a giant paper chain covered in words relating to exploitation.

Poppy Fletcher, 8, from Ireland Wood Primary said:

“It’s was amazing! It was really exciting to run a workshop at the Civic Hall and work with other children.”



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