Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Below - toilet rolls and jewellery; Traidcraft HQ in Gateshead
the Newcastle-upon-Tyne District.
It began at Brunswick Church in the heart of the city where Eden Fletcher and Deacon Eunice Attwood are the ministers. It has a very varied outreach programme and on Friday morning we met representatives from a number of groups who clearlyfeel very welcome at the Church.
These include those who work with young people who go missing (Scarpa), women caught up in the sex trade, and teenage asylum seekers. Each group said how helpful it was to be able to be located in the same place and share some of their experience.
From there we went to the Headquarters of Traidcraft in Gateshead and had a tour of their warehouse - bigger than we expected, which is not surprising for a £22m business.
It is a tribute to organisations such as this that some fairly trade goods are now to be found in every supermarket in the country - but there is still much pioneering work to be done. So please consider having a Traidcraft Stall at your church or school - even once a year would help.