York City of Sanctuary

The group was delighted to welcome Paul Wordsworth of York City of Sanctuary to speak at our regular monthly meeting on Monday. York became a city of sanctuary in October 2016 and last year York St John University became a University of Sanctuary. This means they join a movement started in Sheffield aimed at making refugees and asylum seekers … [Read more...]

Fairtrade goes to Parliament

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York Central MP Rachael Maskell backs Fairtrade Fortnight campaign for cocoa farmers More than 70 Members of Parliament met farmers from the Ivory Coast, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic at a reception in Parliament on Wednesday 27 th February as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. The Fairtrade Foundation’s campaign She Deserves a Living Income is … [Read more...]

Our stall at York Pride 2018

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Our stall at this weekend's York Pride event was really successful.Thanks to good weather and a fantastic atmosphere we engaged lots of people with our "Sticker Pong" game - prizes kindly donated by Divine Chocolate.We raised over £50 for our work promoting fair trade around the city and spoke to lots of people about the range of fair trade and … [Read more...]

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 – Come On In

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            We're looking forward to Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 which runs from Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March. Before Fairtrade Fortnight starts you'll find a Fairtrade theme at Acomb Parish Church's regular monthly coffee and craft morning on Saturday 24 March. There will be a fair trade … [Read more...]

Our first clothes swap fundraiser

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Saturday 30 September saw the forum's first clothes swap event. Volunteers and stalls filled the church hall at St Lawrence's church between 2 and 4, where we welcomed the public. Attendees brought three items of clothing they rarely wear any more - and we all have plenty of those, don't we? In exchange for a £3 entrance fee shoppers were treated … [Read more...]

A Divine Fairtrade evening

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        York Fair Trade Forum organised this celebration of all things chocolate on 5th March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. The evening at Aroma Café, Haxby, was very well attended and centred around an extremely enjoyable Divine Chocolate tasting. Nine different flavours were sampled, ranging from White Chocolate … [Read more...]

Foyer focus on Fairtrade Fortnight

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Do you want to know more about fair trade and the Fairtrade Foundation? During Fairtrade fortnight (which starts on 23 Feb) there is an information-packed display in the foyer of City of York Council (West Offices, Station Rise). There are details about what the Fairtrade mark means and how it helps the producers; explanations about what York's … [Read more...]

Going bananas for Fairtrade

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Fairtrade campaigners in York went bananas as they called on Tesco to stock more Fairtrade. Members of the York Fair Trade Forum gathered at Tesco’s Clifton Moor superstore on Friday 12th December and, with the help of a 5 metre long inflatable banana, drew attention to the campaign: ‘Asda and Tescos make your bananas Fairtrade.’ The campaigners … [Read more...]