Getting ready for a Fairer Christmas?

Christmas, a time for giving and receiving, so what better time to rethink our present buying? Fairly traded gifts really do bring people in developing countries a chance to earn a living and escape some desperate situations. Here in Southampton and Hampshire, we are looking at ways of making it easier to by fair trade.

Stir Up Campaign – In the week starting 18 November, we are encouraging people to buy Fairtrade ingredients for their Christmas cooking. Sunday 24 November is Stir Up Sunday when people traditionally make their Christmas puds, so why not pop down to your local store that specialises in Fairtrade? In exchange, you can receive some discounts on fairly-traded Christmas gifts. Shop Equality in Eastleigh is involved in this campaign and other stores will be joining in too. We are planning some family-friendly fun events too.

Fair trade stall at Southampton’s St James Rd Methodist Church’s popular Christmas Tree festival 6-8 December – as well as the chance to stock up on fairly traded gifts, there will be an extensive music programme and spectacular trees decorated by many community groups.

Support Southampton-based fair trade company Global Seesaw, which creates sustainable employment for women who have been trafficked into prostitution. All profits are reinvested back to create more freedom and opportunities for vulnerable women and their children. There are some beautiful products available online, so share the fair trade love by taking a look…. www.globalseesaw.co.uk

To get involved with an event, help us spread the word, or nominate your local fairtrade-friendly store to join the Stir Up campaign, contact us today! Wishing the world a Fairer Christmas.

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