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Recycle, Re-Forest, Reduce – A SCRAPtastic Forest!

Did you know that an average family uses approximately 6 trees worth of paper and card each year? That’s a whole forest of trees in one family’s lifetime! During Holmfirth Arts Festival 2020, fairandfunky teamed up with local school children to create a series of SCRAPtastic trees made from paper that would normally be thrown […]

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Fairtrade Conferences Review 2020

Everything we do has an impact – everything we wear, everything we eat, everything we use, is made by somebody somewhere. In our busy lives it is easy to forget about the people behind our products, but during Fairtrade Fortnight we are challenged to stop and think about farmers and producers around the world; and take action […]

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Small Steps Change The World

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 and as usual we are SHOUTING about the fact that supporting and buying Fairtrade is a little step to change the world. And we invite our friends and Fairtrade Fortnight Conference Sponsors Social Progress to the guest blog to share the steps they take……..   Hello! We’re Social Progress Ltd. We […]

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Stafflex and fairandfunky promote the environment, recycling and Fairtrade in local schools

For the past few years fairandfunky have worked closely with local recruitment agency Stafflex to bring sustainable initiatives to schools and community events across Kirklees. We’re delighted to have strengthened our partnership with new and exciting plans for 2020.   As an avid reader of our blogs you will know that we are based in […]

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Four Minutes to Change The World with Swap Shop Sew!

Last month fairandfunky headed to Huddersfield Soup to support Upcycle Fashion pitch for Swap Shop Sew – our partnership project, currently based in Holmfirth. Huddersfield Soup gives you just four minutes to pitch your proposal…..so please take four minutes to read Julia’s script and discover what Swap Shop Sew is all about and how YOU […]

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THANK YOU! To the Holmfirth Co-op Community

A  MASSIVE and very sincere THANK YOU to all who supported fairandfunky as a local cause with The Co-operative over the last 12 months.   It is a brilliant initiative that clearly demonstrates that little steps make a big difference! Every time you shopped at The Co-operative and used your little blue card when buying […]

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Fairtrade and Footballs – Let’s Play Fair

All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world; both locally and globally.  Thanks to a partnership with Suma Wholefoods we’re working with schools to deliver a special workshop all about footballs, […]

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Don’t Throw It Away, Make Something! SCRAPtastic after school club!

All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world around them; both locally and globally.  And thanks to funding from the Longley Farm Fund  via the One Community Foundation we started the Autumn […]

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The Bike That Takes Little Steps to Change The World

All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world around them; both locally and globally. Thanks to our partnership with Stafflex we were able to deliver a special smoothie bike workshop for schools […]

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Change The World With An Egg Box at East Morton CE Primary School

All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world; both locally and globally. We were delighted to be invited to East Morton CE Primary School to kickstart the Year 5 topic ‘Is […]

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FREE footballs for Yorkshire Schools

Thanks to our partnership with Suma Wholefoods we’re able to offer schools in Kirklees and Calderdale a subsidised Fairtrade workshop!   BOOK TODAY and your school will pay just £75 for a Fairtrade workshop* AND receive 4 Fairtrade Footballs for your school (total cost is usually £200).   If you would like to take advantage […]

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Secondary Schools Fairtrade Conference 2020

Pleased to announce the fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Schools will be back at Honley High School on Wednesday 4th March 2020; bringing together Secondary Schools from across Yorkshire to ignite enthusiasm and interest in both pupils and teachers for local and global sustainability.   The conference will link with the Eco-Schools programme and Fairtrade Schools Award, providing […]

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Sustainable Schools Conference shares little steps to change the world!

The fairandfunky Sustainable Schools Conference on Friday 7th June at IMWS Centre in Batley, welcomed schools from across Yorkshire to celebrate World Environment Day and learn about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in fun, creative and engaging ways giving innovative ideas and inspiration for teachers and students to take learning back to the school environments and […]

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

BOOK NOW FOR FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2020 AND RECEIVE AN EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT!   We’re delighted to announce the dates for our innovative and creative Fairtrade Conferences for Primary Schools. ALL schools are welcome to join us at one of the following events:   Friday 28th February – Halifax Minster – click here to download a […]

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SCRAPtastic Showcase!

We’re delighted to bring the very first fairandfunky art exhibition to Temporary Contemporary at Queensgate Market in Huddersfield  until end of May 2019.   SCRAPtastic Showcase brings together a collection of artwork made in SCRAPtastic workshops across Kirklees. In all SCRAPtastic workshops only recycled items are used, with the rallying cry: “Don’t throw it away, […]

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Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival 2019!

Applications for the fairandfunky family food zone in Holmfirth Market during Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival are NOW OPEN! Please click here to download the application form.   Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September and as part of the festival team, fairandfunky manage Holmfirth Market – filling […]

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Let’s Go Green…….Bright Green!

All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world around them; both locally and globally.    Thanks to funding from The Bright Green Community Trust (One Community Foundation) we have developed a special […]

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Be an Agent for Change! Fairtrade Fortnight Conference Review

Everything we do has an impact – everything we wear, everything we eat, everything we use, is made by somebody somewhere. In our busy lives it is easy to forget about the people behind our products, but during Fairtrade Fortnight we are challenged to stop and think about farmers and producers around the world; and […]

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Fairtrade goes to Parliament – MPs back Fairtrade Fortnight campaign for cocoa farmers

We were pleased to hear that our MP, Thelma Walker, was able to attend the Fairtrade Fortnight event in Parliament and hear directly from a Fairtrade cocoa producer. Many thanks to Mark Dawson – National Campaigner Committee representative for Yorkshire – for this report and photograph.   More than 70 Members of Parliament met farmers from […]

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Mayor of Kirklees visits Fairtrade Conference!

We were delighted to welcome Gwen Lowe, Councillor for Batley West, and The Mayor of Kirklees to our Fairtrade Conference for Secondary Schools at Honley High School during Fairtrade Fortnight. Her closing remarks at the close of conference were perfect and deserve to be heard by all:   “Being the Mayor and consort of Kirklees […]

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Get Social This Fairtrade Fortnight! #SheDeserves

During Fairtrade Fortnight fairandfunky host Fairtrade Conferences for Schools; inspiring delegates with innovative workshops that ignite enthusiasm and interest in both pupils and teachers to maintain awareness and understanding of Fairtrade and how it can be taught within busy classrooms. The events wouldn’t be possible without support from local businesses who think global and act […]

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Go Green at the fairandfunky Sustainable Schools Conference 2019

Bookings for the fairandfunky Sustainable Schools Conference on 7th June 2019 at Al-Hikmah Centre (IMWS) in Batley are NOW OPEN!   “Children and staff have always come back from a fairandfunky conference buzzing with ideas and knowledge……..an excellent way to engage our children with crucial world issues of sustainability.”     Alex Beaumont, Headteacher at Meltham C of […]

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The Radclyffe School Change The World with Fairtrade

We are all connected. There is a person behind the products we use everyday – the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the things we buy. The consumer choices we make every day have an impact on people and planet.   At The Radclyffe School in Oldham, over 100 students took part in a […]

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The Future Belongs to The Organiser!

In September we were lucky enough to be involved in the Just Trading Scotland ‘Producer Tour’ with Webster and Howard, rice farmers from Malawi. Chair and Vice-Chair of the Kaporo Smallholder Farmers Association (KASFA) respectively, they were touring the UK to share their experiences of life in Malawi, and how partnerships with Just Trading Scotland […]

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RE-think, RE-duce, RE-cycle plastics in a brand new workshop!

With a NEW LOOK website comes a brand new workshop: SCRAP that Plastic!    All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world around them; both locally and globally.  Recycling is one […]

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Food For Thought

Food for Thought is run in partnership with Pockets Theatre*, giving students an opportunity to learn about local and global food sustainability in a fun, creative and engaging way. It is suitable for Year 5 and Year 6.   Food for Thought uses a variety of participatory methods to engage young people with food themes, […]

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SCRAP that Plastic

FREE SCRAPtastic Book for each school booking!   An interactive and creative workshop that delves into the world of plastics; discovering the history and uses of plastic and how to combat the environmental problems of plastic the world faces today. The workshop looks at recycling in depth with brilliant child centred activities throughout the session. […]

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Fairtrade Farmer Drama

fairandfunky have teamed together with Pockets Theatre to deliver ‘Fairtrade Farmer Drama’ that provokes an emotional response to Fairtrade, teaching citizenship, geography and literacy skills through drama.   ‘Fairtrade Farmer Drama’ is suitable for KS2, and takes students on a journey along the supply chain of bananas or chocolate. Using dramatic games, role-play, discussion, and performance; the workshop […]

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Chocolate and Fairtrade

‘Chocolate and Fairtrade’ is a thought provoking workshop, adaptable for either KS1 or KS2 and takes students on the journey of cocoa, exploring supply chains and discovering the importance of Fairtrade.   “A fabulous workshop detailing all the people and processes involved in how chocolate gets from bean to bar; students were engaged throughout the […]

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Smoothie Bike

The Smoothie Bike workshop is a brilliant way to kick-start conversations on healthy eating, Fairtrade, waste, and recycling. It is an excellent resource to demonstrate how we are all connected to the things we do, the food we eat and the actions we take; and how our consumer choices can change the world.   In […]

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