Fairtrade support in Renfrewshire villages and towns Fairtrade support in Renfrewshire villages and towns
Local people are being urged to join their nearest Fairtrade community group to promote Fairtrade in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages. Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair... Fairtrade support in Renfrewshire villages and towns

Local people are being urged to join their nearest Fairtrade community group to promote Fairtrade in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages.

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, gave the call for more members at the AGM meeting on 1st July.

He also praised community groups, schools and local champions of Fairtrade for their continuous support to the social movement.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, Renfrewshire came together for the Fairtrade Bake off and Guatemalan Fairtrade coffee and honey farmer Ismael Diaz Rivas visited schools and communities.

Gryffe High School and Bridge of Weir Primary both won Fairtrade trophies for their outstanding efforts this year.

Lochwinnoch also hosted the annual Big Banana Walk and Fair Trade Safari Suppers while Bishopton hosted pop-up cafes and family treasure hunts with Fairtrade prizes on offer.

Rainbow Turtle organised One World Week event at the Piazza in October and supported Bridge of Weir and Houston Fairtrade Group with their own One World Week event in November.

Councillor Jim Sharkey said: “Fairtrade has grown from strength to strength in Renfrewshire and a key part of that is the support from the local community.

“We are lucky to have some very dedicated people in our Fairtrade community groups but there is always room for many more.

“I would urge anyone that is passionate about Fairtrade to join their local group. Even if you can only spare a few hours each week, there is always something you can do to support the movement.”

To get in touch with your local Fairtrade group, email [email protected] or call 0141 618 6745.

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/fairtrade.

l-r James Johnstone, Just Trading Scotland, Liz Cotton, Rainbow Turtle, Eve Broadis, Fair Trade Scotland and Lynsay Bellshaw, Rainbow Turtle at the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group AGM

l-r James Johnstone, Just Trading Scotland, Liz Cotton, Rainbow Turtle, Eve Broadis, Fair Trade Scotland and Lynsay Bellshaw, Rainbow Turtle at the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group AGM

l-r Dave Mellor and Mary Alice Mansell, Lochwinnoch Fairtrade Group and Fiona Beattie, Bridge of Weir Fairtrade Group at the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group AGM

l-r Dave Mellor and Mary Alice Mansell, Lochwinnoch Fairtrade Group and Fiona Beattie, Bridge of Weir Fairtrade Group at the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group AGM

Pupils in Gryffe High School Fairtrade Committee

Pupils in Gryffe High School Fairtrade Committee

Bridge of Weir pupils involved in the schools Fairtrade group.

Bridge of Weir pupils involved in the schools Fairtrade group.

Kilbarchan Fairtrade Group at the curry night in Bobbins Tea Room

Kilbarchan Fairtrade Group at the curry night in Bobbins Tea Room

Bakers with their cakes

Bakers with their cakes

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group meets Fairtrade farmer Ismael from Guatemala.

Councillor Jim Sharkey, Chair of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group meets Fairtrade farmer Ismael from Guatemala.

l-r Councillor Jim Sharkey, Convener of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, Sharon Newman and Fiona O'Neill, who work in the Atrium in Renfrewshire House and Iain Robb, Marketing and Communications Officer for Just Trading Scotland.

l-r Councillor Jim Sharkey, Convener of the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group, Sharon Newman and Fiona O’Neill, who work in the Atrium in Renfrewshire House and Iain Robb, Marketing and Communications Officer for Just Trading Scotland.