Thursday, 25 February 2010

Small grants for Fairtrade

Leeds City Council are once again running their small grants scheme to raise awareness of Fairtrade and international development issues during Fairtrade Fortnight which takes place between 22 February – 7 March.

This year ten groups have been successful in securing a grant, each organising a variety of events across Leeds to raise awareness of Fairtrade in different ways.

Leeds City Council is keen to encourage organisations to run events and activities to promote fair trade during the fortnight. They launched the small grants scheme three years ago that allows financial support of up to £250 per group. Priority was given to projects that introduce people to Fairtrade for the first time or that involve people from communities/groups that are less engaged in Fairtrade and traditionally considered harder to reach.

Starting on Saturday 27 February Elmet Trefoil Guild will hold a Winter & Fairtrade Celebration Meal for their elderly clients,

The Leeds Oxfam group are also holding taster sessions at the Fairtrade CafĂ© in Bramley on Saturday 27 February with Re’new holding a Fairtrade Frenzy 2nd March for young people. The events will include circuit training, cookery with fair-trade products and food tasting.

Fare’s Fair are holding The Beehive Fairtrade Fair on Saturday 27 February, with stalls selling goods, crafts, jewellery and chocolate and on the same day Richmond Elderley Aid are holding a two course Fairtrade and locally sourced hot lunch to raise money and awareness of Fairtrade.
The Hamara Healthy Living Centre will also be holding a series of promotions, cookery demonstrations and tastings throughout the fortnight.

Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader and executive board member with responsibility for international relations said:“Events across the Fairtrade fortnight really highlight how people can make a difference in the world. People across Leeds are always very supportive of Fairtrade and I hope this year we will reach an even wider audience with these events to raise awareness of such a good cause.”

The Fairtrade grants scheme is an initiative of the International Relations department of Leeds City Council. It is also linked to a newly launched initiative which has designated 2010 as being the Year of Volunteering in Leeds. It is hoped that these events will also make the most of the many willing volunteers in the city who believe in and support this cause.

To keep up to date with events and news from across the fortnight visit the dedicated website; www.fairtradeleeds.org.uk or email; steeringgroup@fairtradeleeds.org.uk

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