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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 in North Kirklees to share some of the ways in which we can all take little steps to change the world.


Stafflex are a family business and have over 17 years’ experience supplying teachers, teaching assistants and education specialists to nurseries, primary and secondary schools, FE colleges and SEN environments across the Kirklees area. “We pride ourselves on providing a first class service tailored for your specific needs and requirements, whether it’s short, long, temp-to-perm or permanent roles. But it’s not all about recruitment, we believe that a successful business always leaves behind a legacy of supporting their local community and we practice what we preach, playing an active role in the local area. We support charities, schools, colleges, special educational needs programmes, festivals, sports teams and a whole host of other events and initiatives.”



“A fun, informative and enjoyable session, children were really engaged and it will support our on teaching on recycling and Fairtrade.”

Using the smoothie bike to connect sustainability issues together in the workshop students explored different sources of energy, discussed where food is from, discovered the importance of Fairtrade for farmers and made independent artwork from the cartons to kickstart conversations about what we do with our waste; all whilst making a delicious Fairtrade banana smoothie!


Through insightful questioning the children began to think about how we are all connected; people and planet. The things we use, and eat everyday are made by somebody somewhere.  In each school children shared their responses to encourage each other to make ethical choices to go green in our daily lives and take little steps to change the world.


Why does growing your own food make a difference to our planet?

  • “It reduces pollution when you grow your own.”
  • “You don’t need packaging when you grow your own, so you’re saving on plastics”





“An engaging and fun workshop for the students, that opened their minds to why it is important to recycle.”

We can’t grow our own bananas! How can we make a difference to our planet when we do go shopping?

  • “We can look for the Fairtrade mark and make sure farmers are paid a fair price.”


When you get home from the supermarket and unpack your shopping, what do you do with all the packaging?

  • “You need to put it in the recycling bin!”
  • “You could use it for something else – re-use things.”


By thinking about where our rubbish goes, and what we do with it we’re starting to make a difference to our local and global environments. When you throw something away – stop, and think – can this be recycled? Can this be reused? When you buy something new – is it recycled? Am I living sustainably?


Am I taking little steps to change the world?



“An exciting, engaging and informative workshop. The children discovered first hand examples of how then can recycle. It will generate further discussion and ideas.”

Many things we throw away can actually be re-used and made into something new: “Don’t throw it away…… make something!” And each student created either a bird from an old milk carton or a bird feeder from an old juice carton, to take home, and share the little steps to change the world.


A huge thank you Stafflex for funding the workshops and congratulations to all children from the following schools for taking your own little steps to change the world in a fairandfunky workshop:

Year 4 at Healey JI&N School

Year 5 at Headfield CE School

Year 2 at Manorfield I&N School

Year 3 at Boothroyd Primary Academy

Year 2 at Diamond Wood Community Academy

Year 6 at Hyrstmount Junior School

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