Buy now: Fair Trade booklet – huge discount!

To celebrate 25 years of the Fairtrade mark and the 15th anniversary of York gaining Fairtrade City status, we are offering our popular booklet about the history of fair trade at a knock-down price. It features ten of the courageous and visionary champions who helped to develop ethical trading and provide the underpinnings of the fair trade … [Read more...]

Fair trade in the time of Covid-19

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It’s safe to say that not a single person reading this will have remained untouched by Covid-19. Some will have had the virus, many will know people who have suffered or even died from it, and pretty much all of us will have been greatly affected in terms of our work, finances, education and/or daily lives. But what is the impact on those usually … [Read more...]

Chocolate focus for Fairtrade Fortnight

We had two excellent events during Fairtrade Fortnight. Firstly, we were privileged to be selected by the Fairtrade Foundation as one of only 5 venues across the UK to hold a “sofa session”. It seemed particularly appropriate to hold the event in York with its long and continuing association with cocoa and chocolate. The informal panel session … [Read more...]

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...]