Ten ways to promote Fairtrade in your Church and Community
1. Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight each year
Take part in the Annual Diocesan Poster Competition in Fairtrade Fortnight.
Read about pupils from Birkenshaw Primary preparing for the competition and the winning entries in 2015.
2. Have a prominent Fairtrade Noticeboard
Have a prominent notice board dedicated to Fairtrade and update it regularly.
Wyther Parish Church has a good example.
Read more about Fairtrade at Venerable Bede, Wyther, Leeds.
3. Run a Fairtrade Stall
Run a Fairtrade stall after the church service maybe once a month.
For help or suggestions about where to buy Fairtrade products on a sale or return basis contact one of the following:
- The Beehive Shop in Chapel Allerton
- The Fairtrade Shop at St Peters Church, Harrogate
- Fair and Funky in Huddersfield
- Premcrest are Fairtrade wholesalers in Bradford
- The Olive Branch Fairtrade Shop Great Horton Road, Bradford.
- Fairtrade Ackworth in Pontefract 07858 416867
- Fair Trader in Holmfirth
- Spirals in Hebden Bridge
4. Put the Fairtrade Mark on your church website
Put the Fairtrade Mark on your website to show that you have registered as a Fairtrade Church with the Fairtrade Foundation, preferably on the home page.
St Peter's Harrogate has done this.
Make sure you are following the legal guidelines though.
5. Make a Fairtrade webpage
Dedicate a page of your church's website to Fairtrade.
Christ Church Harrogate have done this.
6. Make Fairtrade a theme of worship
Suggest Fairtrade is a theme of worship at least once a year.
Resources are available for free from the Fairtrade Foundation.
St Paul's Church in Shipley (Bradford) used Fairtrade roses to mark Mary Sumner Day 2016. St Peter's Church in Shipley (Bradford) decorated a windowsill with Fairtrade Tea and Roses during their recent Flower & Photography Festival. This idea could be used at Christmas with red Fairtrade roses (Co-op, Lidl, ASDA, Aldi) and gold Fairtrade tea tins (M&S)
7. Raise awareness
Raise awareness of Fairtrade in your church by displaying signs which say that you are serving Fairtrade tea and coffee.
Or do something to really make a splash...
like the Fairtrade bananas who rode from Haworth to Oxenhope ahead of the main riders in the Tour de France in Yorkshire.
Read more here.
8. Take part in a community event
Organise a stall at your local community fun day or church garden party.
Give away Fairtrade samples and stickers.
Have fun activities for the children and quizzes for the adults.
The Churchyard of St John's, Baildon (Bradford) was recently home to a Fairtrade Scarecrow as part of the local Scarecrow Festival.
“Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Fairtrade man, Bake me a cake as fair as you can” Nursery rhymes was the theme for Baildon Scarecrow Walk where families and children patted the enormous cake baked by our Fairtrade man. More than 330 children went away with Fairtrade stickers and adults joined them in trying delicious Fairtrade chocolate cake buns. Interested young people and other supporters were offered information about how Fairtrade supports sustainable farming practices.
For more details: Baildon Fairtrade has a Facebook Community Page.
9. Encourage your local school to promote Fairtrade
Children at St James School, Wetherby designed a great poster for their classroom.
10. Encourage people to buy Fairtrade
Linda Fergusson at St Margaret's Church, Horsforth wanted to encourage more sales of Fairtrade products at her church.
To engage people who never come to the Fairtrade stall she created an order form, suggesting people might swap
one or two of their regular supermarket items for Fairtrade ones and order them on a regular basis.
Download Linda's order form and adapt.