Fairtrade – Who picked my tea?

Many British blends include tea from Assam, where people get poverty wages, are scared to speak up and have no way out. The big British brands know this but aren’t doing enough to challenge it.

Traidcraft’s campaign calls on the big UK tea brands to publish their list of suppliers from Assam.

“Twinings have become the second big UK tea brand to publish their list of suppliers from Assam – a key demand of our campaign.  This follows on from Yorkshire Tea’s decision to publish their list in June.  Together Twinings and Yorkshire make up nearly one-third of the UK tea market so these are significant steps forward.

More than seven thousand people have sent in ‘Who picked my tea?’ postcards and taken our online action targeting the big 6 UK tea brands.  This has spurred the brands into action to publish their lists of Assam tea estates in full.

We now need to push the remaining four – PG Tips, Tetley, Typhoo, and Clipper – to do likewise so that British consumers and tea workers in Assam know where the big UK brands buy their tea from.

Sewing for Bulgaria

Two Circuit Sewing Bee meetings have now been arranged:

  • Saturday 1st September, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, in St John’s, Ponderlaw Street, Arbroath
  • Saturday 10th November, in Marketgait, Dundee (same times)

The aim of this community project is make quilts for children in the village where Julya lives. No special skills required! An opportunity to meet and chat with other sewers in the Circuit.

 

Bags for Clothes Bank clients

Donations of bags for clients to take away their chosen clothes will be gratefully received – thanks are expressed to Tesco and Morrisons for supplying strong bags for this purpose.

Dundee Foodbank has moved

Dundee Foodbank’s main distribution centre has moved to St John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 110 Albert Street, Stobswell.

The Foodbank website gives the locations of all the distribution centres, and their opening hours.

Liz expresses thanks for all donations to the FoodBank, with the reminder that during school holidays, there are children who may be more hungry in the absence of school meals.  Our continuing, prayerful support is invited.

Sewing Project for our Churches?

“Do you like sewing? Would you like to join with other members in our Circuit to help in making quilts for the children in the village in Bulgaria where Julya (Walsh) lives?”

Janice Swankie, of St John’s Methodist Church, Arbroath is contacting the Circuit’s churches as she is hoping to set up a “sewing project” as part of our common community outreach.

She would like to start a community sewing project within the 5 churches in our circuit and is inviting help from anyone interested.

 “You don’t need any special skills. We need people who can sew a straight line with a sewing machine, cut material and iron the blocks for assembling into quilts.”

Support could also be offered through donations of fleece blankets, cotton material and “wadding layers”.

Janice suggests that this would not only be a worthwhile project in itself but give a chance to meet and get to know each other better, with time for chat, laughter and “a cup of tea”.

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Janice.

 

Asda funds for Clothes Bank

Asda have kindly donated £300 to the Clothes Bank. This will help us to replenish our stocks of new underwear for our clients.

The picture shows Sue and the Community Champion.

All We Can in Jordan

Since the conflict in Syria began more than seven years ago, over 4.8m Syrians have fled from their country because of violence, conflict, and a complete collapse of Syria’s economy and infrastructure (UNHCR figures). All We Can has been responding to the needs of refugees and their host communities in Jordan through experienced international and local humanitarian response partners. We have a particular focus on providing opportunities for refugees to not only survive, but to have access to resources and activities that help provide dignity, resilience and hope in extremely challenging circumstances.

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A little help for the Clothes Bank

The ClothesBank continues to provide a service for those whose resources are very limited.

We have a loyal group of helpers, but we will all need a break at some time over the summer. This could make it difficult to staff what is a much-needed facility.

If you feel able to offer to help for as little as one session a month, please contact Margaret or any member of the ClothesBank team.

We do not open to clients unless we have at least two team members present, so new volunteers would never be left on their own. If you wish to sort donations, rather than deal with clients, that’s fine.

Sessions are 10am to 12noon Mondays and 1pm – 3pm Thursdays.