Warrington won the “Biggest Fairtrade Breakfast” award in the 2016 Fairtrade Campaign Awards as judged by the Fairtrade Foundation. This was in recognition of the events put on by the borough’s Fairtrade Steering Group to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight. Building on this success, the Steering Group organised a very successful “Take a Break” event in Golden Square in March 2017.
The Group climbed onto the roof of Holy Trinity Church for a photograph, together with their cups of Fairtrade coffee and biscuits! This gave us some great coverage in the Warrington Guardian.
On 4th March shoppers in Golden Square posed with different photo boards depicting Fairtrade goods. They were encouraged to post these on social media to remind folk to look out for the Fairtrade Mark. People took a break from shopping to enjoy tasting a variety of Fairtrade chocolates, cookies, snack bars, fruit juices and homemade cakes. The Mayor at the time, Councillor Rashid, visited the event and was delighted to pose with our props!
Jackie Hancock, chair of the Fairtrade Steering Group, said “We all need to take a break at sometime during the day and having a refreshing Fairtrade cuppa and a snack not only does us good, it also ensures the farmer who grew the crops is paid a fair price for his or her produce, and can provide for their family”.
In 2016 Warrington celebrated 10 years as a Fairtrade Borough with a wonderful Tea Party at the Town Hall and the biennial application to renew this status was submitted in October 2017. Trish Powell, Secretary of the Steering Group, said “We continue to work hard to promote Fairtrade in Warrington, highlighting the need for the millions of vulnerable farmers and workers in over 70 countries to receive a fair price for their work in bringing us the products we love”.
Warrington has been a Fairtrade Borough since 2006. The town’s Steering Group works hard to ensure that this status is maintained; it is made up of volunteers from many walks of life and is supported by Warrington Borough Council.
Fairtrade is an independent non-profit organisation that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers, providing them with better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade.
There are now over 4,500 different products available in the UK which carry the Fairtrade Mark. These include wine, flowers, fruit, sugar, honey, juices and nuts as well as the increasingly popular fairly traded teas, coffees and, of course, chocolate! There is even Fairtrade gold!
By buying Fairtrade products we can all do something practical, simple and positive which ensures that producers from developing countries receive a fair price for their goods. When you buy products with the Fairtrade Mark you support farmers and workers as they strive to improve their lives and communities.
Fair 4 All - Warrington’s dedicated Fairtrade shop
Fair 4 All, Warrington’s only dedicated Fairtrade shop, has been open for business in Warrington Market, six days a week, for over 14 years. The stall offers an amazing range of fairly traded gift ideas as well as the widest selection of Fairtrade foods in Warrington. Everyone who works at Fair 4 All is a volunteer and, in addition to selling goods on the stall and providing sale or return stalls to a number of churches, they campaign on issues of trade justice. The stall moved into the new temporary market premises in September 2017 and it is definitely “business as usual”!
If you want to learn more about Fairtrade, or introduce it to your school or community group, Fair 4 All offers:
- Talks to community groups, school assemblies and lessons
- Sale or return stalls - food, craft, cards etc
- Leaflets, posters and other promotional material
How you can support Fairtrade
By supporting and promoting Fairtrade products and issues we can all do something practical, straightforward and beneficial to ensure that producers from developing countries receive a fair price for their goods.
So how can I help?
- Buy products which carry the Fairtrade Mark as part of your regular shopping. If you don’t find a fairly traded product you want please ask - shops may be unaware of the demand for these items.
- Choose a fairly traded craft item for the next gift you buy.
- Find out about becoming a Fairtrade workplace, school or place of worship by visiting the Fairtrade website. For support, or when you receive your certificate, contact the Steering Group.
- Join the Warrington Fairtrade Borough Steering Group to help promote Fairtrade in the town. Any help with social media particularly welcome
Want to be in the Directory?
If you are any of the following you can be in our online Directory:
- A retailer which sells at least 4 Fairtrade products
- A cafe/restaurant/pub which sells at least 2 Fairtrade products
- Use Fairtrade products in your workplace, school or place of worship
Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group
The Steering Group meets regularly to continue to raise awareness on Fairtrade issues, spearhead promotional campaigns and encourage even more businesses, schools, churches and organisations to sell or use products with the Fairtrade Mark. We always welcome new members.
If you would like to get involved or be added to our Directory please contact Trish Powell on 01925 601554.