In 2008, just before my foray into the worlds of fair trade and Shared Interest, my soon to be colleagues were helping Wales celebrate receiving the accolade of the first Fair Trade Nation. In the four years since then a lot has been happening to build on this success. We may need to watch this space for fair trade daffodils but there is growing support for the fair trade movement in the home of the red dragon.
I recently returned to Wales on a visit to Cardiff to learn more about current activities and plans as well as to catch up with those I’ve met on previous trips. My first visit was to the fair trade shop, Fairdo’s, where I met the founder and a few of the army of volunteers who help run the shop. Eagle eyed, I could quickly spot a number of products on the shelves which came from organisations supported by Shared Interest. Needless to say due to the timing of my trip the fairly traded Valentine’s cards caught my eye too!
My next appointment was with our Shared Interest Ambassadors in the area to give them an update on our new materials and to learn more about their plans for Shared Interest activity in the area. They will be kick starting things for 2012 with a stall at the upcoming Olive tasting event on the 7th March at Chapter Arts Centre with Zaytoun and Fairdo’s, see our events calendar for more details. If you would like to know more about volunteering with Shared Interest in Cardiff or anywhere across the UK please visit our Volunteer pages.
Finally I popped in to visit Fair Trade Wales and hear their plans for Fairtrade Fortnight and beyond. I also got a sneaky peak at a travel cup from the Fairtrade Foundation which was being frequently topped up with fresh Fairtrade coffee. Fair Trade Wales have worked hard to build on the support which enabled them to achieve Fair Trade Nation status. From video links with fair trade producers in Ghana to a growing network of Fairtrade schools to hosting fair trade producers over Fairtrade Fortnight the team there are certainly busy bees and I look forward to working with them, and everyone else I met, in the future.
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