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IF Rally - Belfast

15th June 2013

Several buses went to Belfast from Scotland, organised by Oxfam, SCIAF and Christian Aid - all members of the IF campaign.

Outside Paisley Town Hall before going to Belfast:- Provost Anne Hall; Liz Cotton; Maureen Brough; Susan Ntende & Howard Msukwa, smallholder farmers from Malawi who were being hosted by Just Trading Scotland.

At the IF rally in Belfast showing, in addition, Laura Kerr front left, Jean Urquart back right & Molly McGavigan.

Paisley Town Hall at the public event organised by Just Trading Scotland where Howard & Susan were speaking - also showing John Riches from JTS on right with Mike Holmes, the Depute Leader of the Council.


IF Lobby of MPs

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Fairtrade Fortnight and the IF campaign lobby

Paisley Fairtrade Partnership invited Douglas Alexander MP and Jim Sheridan MP to come along to Rainbow Turtle shop in Gauze St Paisley at 12 noon on Friday 1 March to discuss with local fairtraders issues around Fairtrade and the IF campaign - 'Enough food for everyone IF'

See  www.enoughfoodif.org/lobby for guidance on how to lobby your MP on these key issues for addressing world poverty

Info also at www.christianaid.org.uk www.sciaf.org.uk www.fairtrade.org and www.oxfam.org.uk

A guide to IF

Why now?

Nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night and two million children die from malnutrition every year. We've made progress in other areas, but hunger is still the great scandal of our age. All around the world, even in the UK, people are struggling to feed their families.

In 2013, the government has promised to provide 0.7% of national income for aid and to host a Hunger Summit. We must make sure they keep these promises. In June, the world's most powerful leaders will meet in the UK at the G8.

This is our best opportunity to tackle hunger. We must make IF happen.

What do we want?

We want our leaders to act on the four big issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. 


Enough Food For Everyone IF  we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.


Enough Food For Everyone IF  governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.


Enough Food For Everyone IF  we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.


Enough Food For Everyone IF  governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.

Together, we can make IF happen.

The more of us who get involved, then the greater pressure there will be on world leaders to tackle global hunger in 2013. 



At an event in Edinburgh after listening to Nicaraguan coffee farmer Norma Gadea + Martin Rhodes SFTF Scottish Government Minister Fiona Hyslop pledges a new grant to the Scottish Fairtrade Forum to help achieve Fairtrade Nation status for Scotland in 2012


Paisley takes some steps for Fairtrade 2012

During Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 local people took a step for Fairtrade at various events around Paisley.

Nine local businesses and centres supportive of Fairtrade were stops on the Fairtrade Town trail where ‘trailers' could collect a sticker and fill in pledge cards. Thanks to Redss cafe, Rainbow Turtle, Tastebuds, Paisley Abbey, WRVS cafe, Piazza Co-op, Paisley Arts Centre, Coffee and Cream and Cardosi's cafe for their cooperation – and to Ken from Redss for his special Fairtrade menu during the fortnight!

Ken + team at Redss serving up fairtrade soup ------------------- 'Bless your cotton socks'

Beechwood Women and Arts group put on another performance of their hard hitting drama ‘Bless their cotton socks' at Beechwood Community Centre along with other fairtrade activities – thanks to Steph and the team for a great morning promoting the Take a step for Fairtrade campaign

'Nancy takes a step for Fairtrade'------------- 'some of the cast & audience'

At Wallneuk Church car boot sale customers and stall holders were able to enjoy fairtrade refreshments

At the packed Gaelic Choirs event the audience enjoyed some fairtrade wine as well as wonderful music

A Rainbow Turtle fairtrade stall and Renfrewshire Council information stall added to the activities at the Weaving Musical Threads festival

Liz Cotton & Nicola McKeand at the Farmers Market

Free fairtrade tea and coffee and a Rainbow Turtle stall was available at the Paisley Farmers market and the ‘Renfrewshire banana' which started off at the beginning of the fortnight in Lochwinnoch was handed over on its last stop from Renfrew to Paisley.

Jim Gamble Renfrew Fairtrade Town group hands over the Renfrewshire banana to Maureen Brough Paisley Fairtrade Partnership

Add to this all the fairtrade stalls (thanks to Liz and team at Rainbow Turtle) and activities in schools and churches etc – small and big steps can all make a real difference for small scale producers in developing countries

The Take a step in 2012 campaign continues throughout 2012 so there is plenty of time for more events and actions throughout the year – check out more about the campaign and ideas for what you can do at www.fairtrade.org.uk and www.rainbowturtle.org.uk


Fairtrade Fortnight - 2011

Paisley Fairtrade Partnership - Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 Report – Fairtrade event 10 March

Around 50 people of all ages gathered in the Methodist Church Hall on 10 March for a fairly traded lunch organised by Paisley Fairtrade Partnership and friends to celebrate this year's Fairtrade Fortnight by showing off our Fairtrade labels. Home made soup was complemented by Fairtrade bananas and orange juice donated by the local Co-op committee and by delicious special biscuits baked by Anderson's Home Bakery in Bridge of Weir, made with fairly traded sugar and topped with the Fairtrade logo.

The highlight of the event was a performance of a newly commissioned drama performed by the talented Paisley based Beechwood Women in Arts group ‘Bless your cotton socks!' This hard hitting drama drew attention to the unfair treatment of cotton workers in developing countries who are forced to work in poor conditions for poverty wages while richer countries subsidise their own cotton farmers who can then flood markets with cut price cotton goods. The drama sharply demonstrated there is no level playing field for cotton producers in poorer countries and encouraged us to look at our own buying habits here in Scotland: we can often have a choice to buy fairly traded cotton goods so that the producers receive a decent wage which can help to feed and educate their families as well as their community benefiting from the fairtrade premium enabling them to provide a clean water supply, better schools, health clinics etc.

There was also the opportunity to design a piece of fairly traded cotton bunting and learn from posters and other materials available on Fairtrade issues.

We were pleased to welcome many interested individuals to the lunch as well as representatives from Renfrewshire Council, Glennifer High School, University of the West of Scotland, the Disability Resource Centre, and Fairtrade groups in Bridge of Weir, Houston, Bishopton and Renfrew.

Special thanks to Steph, Margo, Joyce and Nancy from Beechwood Women in Arts group, and to the Methodist Church, Rainbow Turtle and the Co-op for their support – not to mention the willing volunteers Margaret, Eileen, Bernadette, Eleanor, Molly, Liz, Jeanette and Anne!

Further information on the story behind Fairtrade cotton from www.fairtrade.org , www.oxfam.org.uk or www.traidcraft.org.uk


Fairtrade Fortnight - 2009

Free Pancakes + Jam were available in Rainbow Turtle all day on Tuesday 24th February

Thanks to Maureen Brough for these photos.


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Paisley Fairtrade Hub

Official opening of Paisley Fairtrade Hub by the Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Derek MacKay with John Riches of the BalmoreTrust & Liz Cotton of Rainbow Turtle looking on.


'Fair in the Square'

The photos below were all taken on Saturday 23rd August 2008 at the 'Fair in the Square' event which was a celebration of Paisley's Fifth Anniversary as a Fairtrade Town.