Volunteering opportunities

Details of two opportunities to volunteer for good in Oxford.

Fairtrade at St Michael’s at looking for someone to join their team of Directors. Why not use your passion for fair trade to great effect by becoming a voluntary director of one of our local fair trade shops?  Details and how to apply here.

And Thirst International are running a recruitment process for a voluntary intern.  Details are here and the deadline is 21st May 2021.


For World Fair Trade Day 2021 in May we promoted WFTO’s #BuildBackFairer campaign.

The World Fair Trade Organisation are calling for commitment. They want governments to

  • Protect workers
  • Help to Restart economies using stimulii and finance
  • Redesign the trade environment from profit primacy to mission primacy
  • Create systems which support a Fair Share of Resources

You can watch a video summary of the goals here

…and read more about their campaign here

Hidden Voices online event for Fairtrade Fortnight

Our Online discussion for Fairtrade Fortnight – Thursday 4 March at 6pm – 7:30pm

This event features Lizy White, Product Development Manager from Traidcraft, and Slindelo, Production Co-ordinator from Eswatini Kitchen.   We’ll hear from them about the challenges and successes in their part of the supply chains that brings people together through Fairtrade and allow us to make the right choice as consumers here in Oxford.

More details including how to sign up on our Events Page

Fairtrade Fortnight Baking competition

We are launching a Fairtrade baking competition for Fairtrade Fortnight, starting on Monday 22 February until Sunday 7 March.

The winning entry will receive a £50 Fairtrade Co-op hamper full of Fairtrade goodies.

More details on our events page


Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

In 2020 we were lucky to be able to host several great in person events.  We didn’t know how lucky!  For 2021 everything is of course online.

Our online virtual conversation event  ‘Hidden Voices in the Market’ is now ready to book – we’ll be looking at the different stories in the fair trade supply chain and the impact we can have, and that other external forces are having.

We’re also partnering with Brookes University and testing your Fairtrade baking skills during the fortnight – have a look at our competition – there’s prizes!.

And we’ll be encouraging you to get involved in the Fairtrade Foundation’s online festival – “Choose the World You Want”

We’d love to hear what you’re doing – let us know on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) or by email.

January 2021 AGM conversation

We were delighted to be able to welcome Benoit and Zeina to talk to us in Oxford from France and Lebanon for our January 2021 AGM.  We learnt a lot about the unique and compound challenges the country faces but also the hard work and innovation they are the local co-operatives are employing and their […]

Co-op, Fairtrade Foundation and Coalition on line event, November 2020

We’re very grateful to Mike Pickering of the Mid Counties Co-Op and Sarah Brazier from the Fairtrade Foundation for taking the time to talk to Oxford’s community about the impact of climate change and COVID and how Fairtrade can help in both.   This online event took place in November 2020 but you can view it on You Tube here (36 minutes)  –  https://youtu.be/rGjAwuKkJus


Fashion Revolution Zoom call

To remember and respect the fact that 7 years has passed since the Rana Plaza disaster, but stuck in lockdown, Rachel Wilshaw from Oxfam and Judith Condor-Vidal from Trading for Development set up a Zoom meeting across continents to hear what is happening and see what can be done.

You can watch the video (51 minutes)  here  https://youtu.be/-zwrF8RaeYg

You can act on the themes on this video:



World Fair Trade Day – Sat 9th May

World Fair Trade Day is Saturday 9th May.

#PlanetFairTrade #FairTradeSolidarity

Have a look at the WFTO website for posters and SPREAD THE WORD on Social Media


We’re staying safe


We won’t be arranging any events for a while but it’s more important than ever that you support producers and others in the supply chain, all the way up to our local shops and BUY FAIR TRADE wherever and whenever you can.