20 October 2011Contact name: Jan Barker
Population concerned: 7,070
Goal 1: Local council passes a resolution supporting Fairtrade*.The resolution should include a commitment to serve Fairtrade* tea and coffee at its meetings and in its offices and canteens whenever hot drinks are served.
Date Achieved: 24 February 2009
Prestonpans is located in East Lothian, a Fairtrade Zone. East Lothian Council have passed a comprehensive resolution detailing various ways they will support Fairtrade including:
- Widely offer FAIRTRADE Marked food and drink options internally
- Promote the FAIRTRADE Mark in refreshment areas and the Fairtrade Town initiative
- Use influence to urge local retailers to provide Fairtrade options for residents.
- Use influence to urge local businesses to offer Fairtrade options to their staff
- Engage in a media campaign to publicise the Fairtrade Towns initiative
- Allocate responsibility for progression of the Fairtrade Town initiative to a member or group of staff
- Organise events and publicity during national Fairtrade Fortnight
Further details can be found at:
2005 - Report to Cabinet on 1st motion to support Fairtrade:
2009 - Report to full council on re-confirming support:
2009 - minutes showing the full council agreed to support Fairtrade:
In February 2011 Small World fair trade shop in Prestonpans was awarded £150 by East Lothian Council to offer tasting sessions and promote Fair Trade.
Goal 2: A range of (at least two) Fairtrade products are readily available in the area’s shops and are served in local cafés/catering establishments - suggested targets are given in the Action Guide
With a population of 7070 requires 3 retail outlets and 2 catering outlets selling two or more products with the FAIRTRADE Mark. With 5 retail and 2 catering outlets this goal is met.
Retail outlets (5):
| Retail Outlet || Contact Details || No. of FT products || Type of FT goods provided |
The Small WorldTue, Thu, Fri 10-12 & 2-4. Sat 10-12
Mrs Rosemary Renton01875 813992
| 500+ || gifts, groceries, homewares |
| Scotmid, High Street || 01875 815622 || 20 || Coffee, Tea, Confectionery, Beers/Wines/Spirits, Bananas, Fruits & Juices, Sugar, Composite Products and Branded Products |
| Scotmid, Hawthorn Rd || 01875 815278 || 10 || Groceries: Coffee, chocolate, bananas |
| Scotmid, Redburn Rd || 01875-815284 || 10 || Groceries: Coffee, chocolate, bananas |
| Lidl, High Street || 0870 444 1234 || 5 || Groceries: Coffee, sugar, orange juice, chocolate, bananas |
Catering outlets (2):
| Catering Outlet || Contact Details || No. of FT products || |
Type of FT goods provided
| Pitstop Café || |
Connie Quinn01875 819635
| 2 || Speciality Coffee |
| Prestongrange Museum || 0131 653 2904 || 4 || Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Sugar |
Goal 3: Fairtrade products are used by an appropriate number of local work places (offices, shops, B&Bs etc.) and community organisations (faith communities, schools, universities etc). For larger populations (over 100,000) a flagship employer is expected as well as the local authority listed under Goal 1.
| Workplace || Contact Details || Fairtrade status? || How supporting? |
| Library || |
Erica Thomson01875 810788
| No || Hosting of a Fairtrade Honesty Box |
| Family Dental Care || 01875 811136 || No || Provision of Fairtrade refreshments |
| 202 Hair Salon || 01875 810 129 || No || Provision of Fairtrade refreshments |
Faith groups (2 out of 5):
| Faith communities || Contact Details || Fairtrade status? || How supporting? |
| Prestongrange Parish Church || 01875 610684 || Yes || Provision of refreshments at all events and meetings; sale of products at regular stalls |
| St Gabriel’s || 01875 810 052 || ? || Through sale of Fairtrade products at regular stalls |
Educational establishments (2 out of 4):
| Educational establishments || Contact Details || Fairtrade status? || How supporting? |
| Prestonpans Infant School || |
Kirsty Gardiner01875 610684
| ? || Provision of Fairtrade Tuck Shop. Sale of Fairtrade goods at biannual fairs. |
| St Gabriel’s Primary || |
Sue Adams01875 811 06
| ? || Sale of Fairtrade goods by Business Group. |
Other community organisations (0):
Goal 4: Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign. For the press, the story can be revived as each goal is achieved, organising a big splash for the Fairtrade declaration ceremony, and developing a strategy to keep it in the news long after. This will also enable local businesses and organisations to benefit from their involvement.
- 27/2/2010 - Big Brew tasting session
- 8/5/2010 - African Kitchen Tasting Session - http://sw9a.blogspot.com/2010/04/celebrate-africas-kitchen-event-for.html
- 4/6/2010 - Stall in Library - http://www.eastlothianbuzz.co.uk/events/profile/988
- 10/9/10 - In-Service Afternoon for Teachers
- 11/9/10 - Relaunch of refurbished Fair Trade shop with representatives of local community, MP, MSP, headteacher, community councillors
- 10/10/10 - Stall at Multicultural Festival
- 30/10/10 - Volunteer recruitment day as part of Make a Difference campaign
- 25/1/11 - 29/1/2011 In-store display of jam, muesli with free recipe booklets
- 13/2/11 - Visit by St Gabriel's Primary School.
- 15/2/11 - Visit by Prestonpans Infant School.
- 4/3/11 - Talk at Humbie Primary School
- 4/3/11 - Talk at Prestonpans Infant School Assembly
- 5/3/11 - World Book Night event - book giveaway, author reading and Fairtrade wine.
- 8/3/11 - Talk and slideshow by Ken Mkhangala, a macadamia nut producer.
- 11/3/11 - Talk at East Linton Primary School
- 12/3/11 - Fairtrade Fortnight Open Day, sampling event and promotion of Prestonpans Fairtrade Town bid, visit by MP
- 8/3/11 - Activity -Launch of Honesty Box Scheme in Library
- 14/4/11 - Local MP, Fiona O'Donnell works a shift in the shop to highlight the bid to secure Fairtrade Town Status - http://www.fionaodonnellmp.org/2011/04/20/small-world-big-difference/
- 14/5/11 - Fairbreak wafers handed out for World Fair Trade Day
- 28/5 - 4/6 - Exhibition as part of 3 Harbours Arts Festival
- 4/6/11 - Stall at Craft Fayre
- 5/6/11 - The Big Lunch
The Small World shop hosts regular blogs, tweets and newsletters relating to Fairtrade and Fairtrade Town campaign, and coverage has also been achieved in the following outlets across East Lothian:
- Regular E-bulletins (currently 25 subscribers) http://eepurl.com/cr541 Appendix 5
- www.eastlothianbuzz.co.uk Appendix 6
- www.twitter.com (@sw9a) Appendix 7
- www.facebook.com/FairtradeEastLothian (Appendix 8)
- www.eastlothiancouncil.gov.uk (Appendix 9)
- East Lothian Courier (Appendix 10)
- East Lothian News
Goal 5: A local Fairtrade steering group is convened to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status. This should ideally include a council representative, campaigners, and people representing the area’s schools, churches and businesses. The group is responsible for an annual assessment to monitor whether the area is continuing to meet the five goals. The group organises special events for Fairtrade Fortnight in March each year.
The Prestonpans Fairtrade Town Group first met on 19 April 2011 and now meets annually:
Jan Barker - Small World shop
Rosemary Renton - Prestongrange Church
Jacqui Leslie - East Lothian Council
Kevin Davanna - Prestonpans Community Council
Charlotte Hamilton - Prestonpans Infant School Parent Council
Sandra Marshall - Small World Shop
- Encourage those already supporting Fairtrade to display poster/sticker
- Encourage others to support Fairtrade
- Identify flagship workplace
- Hold open days and information evens in conjunction with Small World
Congratulations on all that has been achieved and for achieving Fairtrade Town status for Prestonpans. Doing so is a considerable achievement, so do take the time to celebrate and communicate your success as widely as possible! It’s important to remember that it is still early on the Fairtrade journey, and despite the relative success of mainstreaming Fairtrade products, thanks to the actions of local groups across the UK, much work remains to be done for the Fairtrade movement to achieve its aims. We wish you the best of luck in developing your campaign, and look forward to learning of all you have been up to in one year’s time, when your first renewal is due. The process for renewing Fairtrade Town status is currently undergoing some changes, so please check www.fairtrade.org.uk/towns nearer the time for the latest advice on how to do this. We hope that some of the suggestions in this report will be useful, and please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of it.
Our thanks once again for all your hard work and our congratulations on all you have achieved. It is thanks to groups such as yours that Fairtrade is going from strength to strength and helping more communities in developing countries to earn enough for today and to invest in a better tomorrow.
Name: Adam Gardner Rupert Jackson
Position: Campaigns Officer Fairtrade Towns Volunteer