Stourbridge Fairtrade which set up in 2001, campaigns to promote Fairtrade and increase understanding of its importance, easy availability and competitive pricing. The group works closely with local shops and suppliers in Stourbridge and achieved Fairtrade status for the town in 2010, making Stourbridge one of 500 Fairtrade Town across the UK.
It resubmitted its application in January 2014 and has successfully maintained Fairtrade status for Stourbridge
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The group works closely with Dudley Council on Fairtrade Fortnight (held annually in February).
Previous activities include running a banana art competition for local schoolchildren, hosting a fairtrade cake sale, running a fairtrade sampling session and and providing material for displays in the Council House.
Stourbridge Fairtrade are hosting a free 'drop-in' breakfast event on Friday 11 March at St Thomas's Church Hall, Market Street, Stourbridge from 10am - 1.30pm. Come along and think about how the food you eat made its way to your table.
The group, along with Sainsbury's Amblecote, has generously donated hampers of Fairtrade goodies to be raffled off in aid of the mayor's charities for the last three years, promoting the Fairtrade cause and raising money for local people too.
Find out what the group and Dudley Council got up to in:
Charity football donation
Fairtrade fortnight sampling session
The group also hosted a Fair Aware evening for borough schools interested in attaining the first level of Fairtrade status which was attended by ten schools and also had a stall at the Armed Forces Day at Himley Hall in the summer.
Plus the group ran a fairtrade art competition in schools, attended Broadfield House's family fun day, while the council hosted a banana trail at three borough museums and the Mayor of Dudley visited Sainsbury's Amblecote to learn about Fairtrade bananas.
The Mayor of Dudley encouraged residents to go Fairtrade at Easter and Christmas, joined in a Fairtrade recycled craft activity with borough schools and his charities benefitted from a Fairtrade pub quiz