Fairtrade Yorkshire Conference – Ilkley 26 October

Our special mini-Conference aimed at Places of Worship was a great success.

Around 40 people gathered in Christchurch, Ilkley for an afternoon of networking, brainstorming and celebrating Fairtrade’s 25th year. Deputy Mayor of Ilkley, Ros Brown was there cutting our amazing cake.




We were delighted that Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtarde Foundation was able to join us and he explained how Fairtrade fits into his own faith and the life of faith communities around the world.




We shared ideas for making a splash in Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 and thought about how we can incorporate fair trade into our own communities and parishes. You can read a summary of ideas here. Summary of ideas to promote Fairtrade




We are grateful to the Ethical Jeweller, Shared Interest and Co-operative Wealth who all brought stalls.

Posted on November 1st, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Our Giant Human Mosaic in Hull for Fairtrade at 25

Thank you to over 150 volunteers who came along on Saturday 5 October to make their mark in Trinity Square in Hull.

The Lord Mayor kicked off proceedings and there was a real buzz around the stalls in Trinity Market all day.

The hats (which you can see made all the difference!) have been donated to the Mission for Seafarers.

Images by Jonathan Richards – more to come!

Posted on October 5th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Yorkshire groups celebrated in Fairtrade Community Impact News

The latest Community Impact report from the Fairtrade Foundation has just been published and it features lots of images, quotes and stories from Yorkshire Fairtrade campaigners.

Click here to read the report


Posted on October 4th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Skipton Local and Fair Trade Feast

Posted on September 27th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Places of Worship Conference

On Saturday 26 October join us for a special conference aimed at places of worship.

We’ll be meeting 1 – 4.30pm at Christchurch, Ilkley LS29 9LW

Book your free tickets here: 

Download the flyer and share it with your networks:

Conference 2019 flyer A4

Posted on July 30th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Fairtrade at 25 celebration

Saturday 5 October sees Yorkshire celebrating the 25th birthday of the Fairtrade mark. We’re planning for around 150 campaigners and volunteers to amass in Hull’s Trinity Square to create a giant human mosaic in the shape of the Fairtrade mark. The volunteers will be a mix of local supporters of Fairtrade and Absolutely Cultured volunteers.




Here are the timings:

10-4 fair trade stalls in Trinity Market
10.30 – 11.30 registration and collect your hats and T shirts
11.45 gather in Trinity Square
12 noon – the Lord Mayor will kick off the event and the drone will start to take video and stills
12.30 likely end of mosaic

There will also be other activities throughout the day including performance art on the square and craft workshops inside Trinity Market.


Watch That’s TV Humber’s interview with our Co-ordinator, Joanna and Eve from Samsara Crafts one of Hull’s fair trade shops. They talk about the event and the 25th birthday of the Fairtrade mark.

Thats TV Humber

Fairtrade Yorkshire have recruited 150-200 volunteers in who will be assembled in a giant human mosaic in the shape of the Fairtrade mark to celebrate its 25th year.

Posted by That's TV Humber on Thursday, 12 September 2019

Here are some responses from Hull Fairtrade campaigners who are getting involved on the day:

Hull has a long history of fighting for what is right going back to before the days of Wilberforce.  That spirit is alive and well today, giving rise to Hull as a Fairtrade City and all that involves.

Chocolate has been one of our passions and we are proud to have the Divine Chocolate UK warehouse within our city boundaries, and chocolate has often figured highly in our campaigning for Fairtrade. 

Over the years we have engaged with many communities, schools, churches, businesses, etc., and Fairtrade Labelled chocolate has often been the product that started the conversation, the label leading on to talk about Tea and Coffee and all of the thousands of products which are traded in an ethical and sustainable manner. 

So for Hull to be a focal point for 25th birthday of the Fairtrade mark, is just brilliant!


We first heard about Fair Trade back in 1981 when it was still a relatively new concept.  The ideas gradually became more widespread until in the late 1990s Fairtrade labelled products burst into the supermarkets.

Now we can get delicious Fairtrade coffee and tea everywhere, even on holiday.  To be part of this expanding movement is exciting and exhilarating.  However, more needs to be done, so we are still actively taking part in promoting Fairtrade , including the 25th birthday party for the Fairtrade Mark.  We hope that in another 25 years there will be no need for the Fairtrade Mark.  All trade will be fair!


How can you help?:

  1. If you are available for a few hours 11am to 1pm on Saturday 5 October this is your chance to become part of a nationwide campaign. The event will be filmed and photographed and the resultant photos and film will be used in local, regional and national publicity for the 25th anniversary. You can just turn up and join in on the day, come along to Trinity Market Hall by 11.30 and we’ll make sure you have the right clothing. All volunteers will receive a goodie bag as a Thank You.
  2. Download the flyer and Press release here and share them with your networks.

Fairtrade 25 Year celebration

Press release – Hull Fairtrade at 25

25 years – product press release

Fairtrade at 25 PHOTOCALL

The Facebook event is here. Please share it with your networks.

  1. If you’re holding your own celebration of Fairtrade’s 25th birthday, or if you want to show your support via your social media, you can get resources and download social media images here.

Posted on July 10th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Beeston Community Eid celebrations

It was fantastic to see Fairtrade Yorkshire represented at the Beeston Community Eid celebration on Saturday.

Posted on June 10th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Let’s promote Fairtrade on Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day falls on Thursday 1 August 2019 and we’re planning on making a splash about Fairtrade Yorkshire on this special day.

Here’s how you can help promote Fairtrade Yorkshire on social media:

  1. First get your Fairtrade Yorkshire logo –  Either print the A4 version (available by clicking here) or email joanna@fairtradeyork.com to order some of our specially printed cards.
  2. When you visit one of Yorkshire’s tourist attractions, iconic buildings, parks, artworks or bridges for example, simply get out your logo and take a photo.
  3. If you wish you can email your photo to joanna@fairtradeyork.com for inclusion on our Wall of Yorkshire Fairtrade for Yorkshire Day.
  4. On 1 August post your photo on social media, tagging Fairtrade Yorkshire and including the hashtags #FairtradeYorkshire and #YorkshireDay – any photos emailed will be posted on your behalf.

Wall of Yorkshire Fairtrade

Posted on June 3rd, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

World Fair Trade Day 2019

Saturday 11 May is World Fair Trade Day, a global event promoted by the World Fair Trade Organisation.

The theme of this year’s event is Fair Trade Innovates and you’ll find plenty of information about the impact of fair trade organisations and how they are innovating on the World Fair Trade Day website.

Posted on May 10th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Pocklington FLAG Fairtrade Fortnight event

FLAG, {Pocklington Fairtrade and Local produce Action Group} joined the All Saints Church coffee morning on February 19th to promote awareness of Fairtrade and raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation.  Information resources from the Fairtrade Foundation, “She deserves” were displayed and  Fairtrade refreshments were served. There was a sale of goods sourced from Fairer World, a cake stall with cakes made from Fairtrade ingredients and the raffle of a hamper of Fairtrade wine, chocolate and groceries. Lots of people attended the event and it was an enjoyable occasion.

Posted on April 15th, 2019 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News