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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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SCRAPtastic Summer Craft Ideas!

Schools out for Summer and families are busy looking for ways to keep everyone entertained……look no further! Each week during the school holidays we will post a SCRAPtastic craft for you to do – all you will need is glue, scissors and bits and pieces from around the house: crafts that don’t cost the earth. […]

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SCRAPtastic Summer is here!

Schools out for Summer and families are busy looking for ways to keep everyone entertained……look no further! Each week during the school holidays we will post a SCRAPtastic craft for you to do – all you will need is glue, scissors and bits and pieces from around the house: crafts that don’t cost the earth. […]

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The Power To Change The World

Hornsea Fairtrade invited fairandfunky to join their Fairtrade Schools Conference to host a ‘What’s in Your Wallet’ Workshop and we were delighted to attend.   Throughout the workshop the students were challenged to think about the people behind the products they use and buy every day.  Beginning with a focus on chocolate, participants were asked […]

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Litter Ducks!

This Summer head to Holmfirth and discover ‘Litter Ducks’ a creative sculpture trail with River Holme Connections!   Litter Ducks remind us that we all have a part to play in keeping the River Holme litter-free. Litter pollutes the river and damages wildlife so join in the fight against litter by making a personal pledge […]

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Fairtrade Conference News!

On Thursday 7th June, The Creative Media and Studio School opened its doors for the 4th year running to schools from across Kirklees to come together to learn about the world around them and be inspired to take their own little steps to change the world with Fairtrade. And this year we had something new […]

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“Change The World With Fairtrade!” at Halifax Minster

Halifax Minster opened its doors for the 3rd year running to a fairandfunky conference for schools from across Calderdale to come together to learn about the world around them and be inspired to take their own little steps to change the world. Following welcomes and introductions the day began with a question: “What steps do […]

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Harvest Time!

It’s harvest time for rice farmers in Malawi at the moment and our friends at Just Trading Scotland have told us that “Farmers are looking forward with hopes and with a few anxieties: will the rains in the next weeks continue to help swell the grains and the crops?  Will the markets after harvest give […]

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Secondary Schools Change The World with Fairtrade!

As World Fair Trade Day approaches we look back to Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 when Honley High School once more opened its doors to Secondary Schools from across Yorkshire at the second fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Secondary Schools!  The Conference brought schools together to inspire students and teachers to get involved with Fairtrade back at their […]

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How fairandfunky Is Complying With The New GDPR Privacy Policy.

The GDPR EU privacy policy is due to commence on the 25th May 2018. Please read the following blog which outlines our new Data Policy detailing how fairandfunky use your data.   Personal data is collected for marketing purposes – newsletters, email updates and general correspondence.   The data is collected on paper and electronically.  It […]

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Spring SCRAPtastic!

At fairandfunky we run SCRAPtastic workshops with schools and community groups, creating individual works of art using recycled materials. Our simple crafts are fun for all the family, and are affordable too. Over the Easter holidays why not have a go at making your own little egg box Spring Wreath that doesn’t cost the earth! […]

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The Power to Change The World with Swap Shop Sew!

We all have the power to change the world. The things we buy, the food we eat, the actions we take, the clothes we wear, all determine who we are; and in doing all of those things we make choices. And with those choices, comes real power – the power to change the world. At […]

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Change The World with fairandfunky

At fairandfunky we’re constantly challenging ourselves to think bigger and bolder so that we continue to ‘empower people to take their own little steps to change the world’ as we grow our business.   With this in mind we are making space for other people and perspectives to be part of how fairandfunky develops, and […]

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New Directors at fairandfunky CIC – Welcome Hannah Tombling

As fairandfunky embark on the next 5 years (and more!) of empowering people to take their own little steps to change the world we are thrilled to be joined by a team of new directors – ready to challenge us, work with us, grow with us and help move forward many of our fairandfunky ambitions […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Allegro Optical!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Allegro Optical Opticians to the guest blog. We’re delighted that Allegro embrace Fairtrade where they can and have joined fairandfunky as a Conference Partner; enabling us to share Fairtrade goody bags […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Social Progress!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Social Progress to the guest blog. We’re delighted that Social Progress embrace Fairtrade and have joined fairandfunky as a Conference Partner; enabling us to share Fairtrade goody bags with all delegates. […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Suma Wholefoods!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Suma Wholefoods to the guest blog. We’re delighted to work with Suma and collaborate on many Fairtrade projects with schools in Yorkshire. And again welcome them as our Conference Champion Sponsors […]

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