Fairtrade District

 

Ed Milliband dropped in to a Fairtrade event in Doncaster during FT14 when Glynis Trinder had a stall at Bentley MC Doncaster.

For the past 3 years the Fairtrade District co-ordinators, Wilma Gibson and Alison Trezise have been working towards achieving Fairtrade District status for Sheffield.

The criteria for Fairtrade District are:

  • To support and promote Fairtrade, further encourage the use and sale of Fairtrade products and to serve only Fairtrade coffee and tea at meetings it is responsible for.
  • Ensure that one half of the churches in the District have become a ‘Fairtrade Church’
  • Encourage other local churches, parishes, circuits etc. to adopt Fairtrade policy.  As far as possible, display literature advertising the fact that Fairtrade products are used and served there.
  • Attract media coverage and continue raising awareness of the FAIRTRADE Mark.  If possible, make reference to District’s Fairtrade status on the relevant website.
  • Set up a Fairtrade steering group to take responsibility for monitoring that goals continue to be met and developed over time.

The good news is that we have now fulfilled all of the above criteria and we are officially a Fairtrade District!
Wilma presented the certificate to Vernon Marsh at Synod April 2012.

However, we don’t want to stop there – ideally we would like 100% of the Methodist churches in our District to be Fairtrade so any churches who wish to have further information on this should contact the District Officer or either of the District Fairtrade co-ordinators.

Further information and useful resources on Fairtrade can also be found at the Fairtrade Foundations web-site http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/