Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
Witham URC is a Fairtrade church. We have agreed to the following goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation:
Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which you have responsibility
Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible
Meeting Point is open every morning, Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 12:30. All tea and coffee served are fairly traded along with many other fairly traded products. Home made cakes using fairly traded ingredients and often available too.
The Centre Shop is open at the same times as Meeting Point. It stocks a wide range of fairly traded gifts and food, and a few more unusual items such as fairtrade rubber gloves, and the very useful toilet and kitchen rolls.
Please visit us for a warm welcome in Meeting Point and to browse the shop.
Cotton Workers in Mali
"Before Fairtrade, it was a struggle to feed our children but now we are comfortable in the knowledge that we have enough to eat. This has been the most important change for my family."