T shirt competition for all youth groups in Leeds.

Our competition is to make a design to go on a T shirt that shows how good Fairtrade is for the farmers. The competition is for young people between 7 and 14 years old.

The design must be on one side of A4 paper. It can be words only such as a slogan or a rhyme, or a drawing in ink or felt tips or a painting.

The Leeds Fairtrade Group  will choose the 10 best designs and the winners will receive an organic, Fairtrade T shirt in their size with their design printed on it.

On the back of the entry please put the young person’s name, age and T shirt size. Please choose from 7/8, 9/10, 11/13, and 13/14. We are sourcing the T shirts from http://www.cottonroots.co.uk  Please add the leader’s name, name of youth group and contact details, including the leader’s address.

All the designs must be sent in by Saturday 1st February 2020 to

Joan Machin, 26 Carr Hill Drive, Calverley, Pudsey LS28 5QA

To hear farmers telling their own stories, go onto Fairtrade.org.uk/schools/resources/films.

If you have any queries, please contact Joan at joan.machin@ntlworld.com 

We’re sure you all know about the benefits that Fairtrade brings to the farmers who grow our food in developing countries. Now that the climate is changing, the farmers are finding it more difficult to grow their crops, like bananas, coffee and cocoa beans. They are having to deal with floods and droughts and crop diseases that they haven’t come across before. By having a good price for their crops and a premium (extra money) that they can spend in their communities, the farmers are being helped to overcome these difficulties. That’s why it’s more important than ever for people to buy Fairtrade goods.


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our away day

Some great ideas were generated when we all got together on our away day at Leeds University.
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We’re going to Kirkstall Festival

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A plastic free shop in Leeds

Just found this lovely plastic free shop in Central Arcade Leeds – and they sell Divine Chocolate!
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Calverley Garage Sale

We are taking part in the garage sale to raise money to support Fairtrade, do come and support us. You’ll find us on Carr Hill Drive.

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Schools Fairtrade Celebration

Children from all over Leeds  came with their teachers on Friday 1st March, to Leeds Civic Hall. They came to celebrate Fairtrade. Fabian Hamilton M.P. opened the session. The children chose workshops to learn more about Fairtrade, three of the workshops were designed by the children themselves.  The Lord Mayor and his wife, Councillor and Mrs Latty came later to congratulate the children and they gave out  certificates for all the work the children had done, preparing for the day. Everyone really enjoyed the afternoon.

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Fairtrade Fortnight in Leeds

We are all looking forward to Fairtrade Fortnight 2019. Here are some events taking place in the City.

Friday 1st March is our Schools’ Fairtrade Celebration at Leeds Civic Hall. If you’d like your school to take part, please contact Hannah@leedsdec.org.uk

Saturday 2nd March is the Coffee Morning at the Methodist Hall, Chapel Allerton from 10.30am – 1.30pm. As well as coffee and cakes there will be lots of things to buy from Traidcraft.

Tuesday 5th March is the University of Leeds Fairtrade Fair in the Parkinson Court from 11am – 3.30pm. This is a very lively event, with lots of stalls selling Fairtrade produce and local crafts.

If you know of any other Fairtrade events taking place in Leeds, please let us know.

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Fairtrade and Veganuary

Hello, and a Happy New Year to all Fairtraders everywhere.

To begin Veganuary 2019 try Ben and Jerry’s peanut and butter cookies non-dairy ice cream.  Look on http://www.fairtrade.org.uk  for more delicious choices.

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Leeds University Fairtrade Fair

Come and say Hello when you come to do your ethical Christmas shopping at the Parkinson Building at Leeds University.  We’ll be selling delicious dates, olive oil, cous cous and lots more  Zaytoun produce. We’ll also have lovely embroidered items handmade in Palestine, just right for Christmas presents. There will be loads of stalls selling clothes, jewellery, food and crafts of all kinds. There will also be  a choir and lots of Christmassy things to eat. Put a note in your diary for Tuesday December 4th from 11am – 15.30pm. It’s always a very joyful event.

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