“We love to listen to our customers and for this reason we would be delighted to hear from you if you would like a bespoke fair trade product made especially for you.”

Visit to Fairtrade at St. Michael's & Lunch with Maranda St John Nicolle, Oxford, UK

Visit to Fairtrade at St. Michael's & Lunch with Maranda St John Nicolle, Oxford, UK

VISIT TO OXFORD

I had the good fortune to travel to Oxford during my visit to the United Kingdom November 2017.

 

Beautiful Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017

Beautiful Oxford

 

Beautiful Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
Oxford

 

THe Bodlian Library sign Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
The Bodleian Library Entrance

 

THe Bodlian Library Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
The Bodliean Library Oxford with my sister Irem

Fair Trade at St Micheal's 

 

The wonderful Claire at Fairtrade St Michael's Oxford UK visited by Sabeena Ahmed Nov 17
Clare co founder of the Fair Trade Shop at St Michael's Oxford showcasing
Fair Trade Palestinian ceramics

 

the beautiful Fair Trade Shop at St Micheal's Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
The beautiful fair trade shop at St Michael's Oxford United Kingdom

 

Fair Trade Mosaics at the Fair Trade at St Michael's shop Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
Fair trade mosiacs

 

Fair Trade cushions at the Fair Trade at St Michael's shop Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
Fair Trade cushions

 

Fair Trade basket and accessories at the Fair Trade at St Michael's shop Oxford visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
Fair Trade basket and accessories

 

the beautiful Fair Trade Shop at St Micheal's Oxford with Daniella - visited by Sabeena Ahmed November 2017
Daniella and Me!

 

Miranda - Fair Trade Coalition Team Oxford, November 2017
Maranda of the Fair Trade Coalition Team Oxford

 

Visit to the St Michael Shop Fair Trade Shop & Lunch with Miranda, Oxford, UK

 

Central Oxford was bustling with Christmas cheer and I popped into the St Michael Fair Trade Shop for a chat.

I am very grateful to Clare for taking time out her busy day to conduct this interview with me.

Guest Comments by the Fairtrade at St Michael's team Oxford for The Little Fair Trade Shop

Guest comments by the Fairtrade St Michael's team Oxford 

 

Interview with Claire

 

ABOUT FAIRTRADE AT ST MICHAEL'S

Established 2003, Fair Trade at St. Michael's is a beautiful unique fair trade shop located in the basement of ST Michael's Church, central Oxford. It is a  member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS).

All the products are fair trade certified which means that disadvantaged farmers, artisans and communities are receiving a guaranteed fair wage and social premiums.

The shop is brimming with authentic fair trade products supporting over 60 producers. When I visited with my sister Irem we enthusiastically browsed the jewellery, home accessories, ceramics, and chocolate shelves.

 

The wonderful Claire at Fairtrade St Michael's Oxford UK visited by Sabeena Ahmed Nov 17

The wonderful Clare at Fairtrade St Michael's Oxford, UK

 

We purchased many unique fair trade gifts but I particularly liked my butterfly earrings supporting artisans in India.

photo here 

I had a fantastic time visiting the beautiful fair trade shop and hope to return soon.

My sister and I also had the good fortune to have lunch with Maranda. 

Maranda st John Nicolle is co founder of the Oxford Coalition Fair Trade team.

 

About the Oxford Coalition Fair Trade Team

It is a loose coalition of organisations and individuals involved in various aspects of fair trade who work to promote awareness of Fairtrade in Oxford.

You can contact the team by e-mail:  fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk

We team meet regularly at Oxford Town Hall and new members are always welcome.

Oxford became a Fair Trade City in 2004.

This means that the Fairtrade Foundation was satisfied that it had achieved the five criteria required to qualify as a Fairtrade Town (or City). They are:

1. Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and agrees to serve Fairtrade products (for example, in meetings, offices and canteens).

2. A range of Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents and petrol stations) and served in local catering outlets (cafés, restaurants, pubs).

3. Local workplaces and community organisations (places of worship, schools, universities, colleges and other community organisations) support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products whenever possible.

4. Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.

5. A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure the Fairtrade Town campaign continues to develop and gain new support.

 





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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my fair trade friends and family around the world.

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Despite my pain I managed to attend a webinar and record videos about PIE Community members expressing an interest to join.

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These sessions were organised by THRIVE LDN.

Translation in Urdu

نیا سال مبارک ہو!

دنیا بھر میں میرے تمام منصفانہ تجارتی دوستوں اور اہل خانہ کو نیا سال مبارک ہو۔

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میں دماغی صحت اور خودکشی کی تربیت کے بارے میں کچھ سیشنز میں شامل ہوے۔

ان سیشنز کا اہتمام THRIVE LDN نے کیا تھا۔

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Expression of interest to join World Pulse's Powershift Inclusive Excellence Committee  (PIE) - February 2024
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Despite my poor health and painful right shoulder I have recorded a video in English, edited it and added subtitles in English and Urdu.

Please kindly click below to apply as a member of the Powershift Excellence Committee.

Application Form link https://forms.gle/TUDeGiXwTtzqv4oh6

The date for the submission of the application form is the 2nd February 2024, but this date could be extended. 

I forget to mention in the video that Community members must adhere to the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be World Pulse Community Members for 2 years.

2. Applicants must be World Pulse badge holders.

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