Jurang Fair Trade Conference

Jurang Fair Trade Conference during the Tameside Food and Drink Festival

Jurang Fair Trade is always trying to pioneer news areas of Fairtrade. We are keen to develop new partnerships and get involved with new things. In 2009, we did just that; we pioneered! We did so through organising the first ever Fairtrade conference for Manchester - in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside. With backing from the local tourist board, Jurang was able to produce a high quality event attended by around 100 people from around Manchester, including a number of young delegates from local schools.

The conference was a huge success, mainly because of the 3 fantastic speakers: Joe Human, Bruce Crowther and Christina Longden. These three inspiring people between them not only explained Fairtrade, they also got people at the conference excited about making a difference through Fairtrade. On this page you can read more about the conference and speakers as well as see videos and pictures.

Fairtrade Conference Speakers

Joe Human, Keswick Fair Trade Campaign

Joe Human

Joe Human taught for 20 years in Kenya, Papua New Guinea and England, following which he worked for Oxfam GB for 20 years, primarily in communications.

He now lives in Keswick, where until recently he was Secretary of the local Fair Trade Campaign, which promotes Fairtrade in the local community and the tourist sector. He is Coordinator of Cumbria Fair Trade Network, an alliance of over 20 campaigning groups, of which 19 have attained Fairtrade status for their communities. Working closely with the County Council, the Network achieved Fairtrade County status for Cumbria In 2006.

Joe does much public speaking on Fairtrade, both within Cumbria and more widely. He is a member of the North West Advisory Panel for the Fairtrade Foundation, and is on the boards of Keswick Tourism Association, and Cumbria Development Education Centre. He also provides communications training for the Fairtrade Foundation and for Oxfam.

Christina Longden, The Lorna Young foundation

The Lorna Young Foundation

Christina’s background is in social housing and marginalised communities. She has worked within both the public, private and not for profit sectors, most recently as senior manager for a consultancy advising the UK Government on its ‘Communities’ policy, research and implementation.

Christina has served as a board member of several housing associations and media publications. She lived and worked with the San Bushmen in southern Africa for four years, managing the empowerment and development of San individuals and groups and had two books published based on San oral history traditions.

Christina acts as a ‘public advisor’ to the National Association of Charity Shops, is an active member of Lifelines UK and is involved with various inter-faith groups – leading to the establishment of the Oromo Coffee Company. Christina has co-led the Lorna Young Foundation since 2007.

Bruce Crowther, Fairtrade Foundation

Bruce Crowther

A vet by profession, Bruce Crowther is an experienced activist who began campaigning for Oxfam in 1984. He formed the Garstang Oxfam Group in 1992 and was Chair until 2002. The Oxfam Group was instrumental in making Garstang the worlds' first Fairtrade Town in April 2000 (officially recognised in November 2001) Garstang also has a community link with the Fairtrade cocoa farming community of New Koforidua in the Ashanti region of Ghana, where Bruce has been made a sub chief for the village. Bruce has been working part-time as Fairtrade Town Coordinator with the Fairtrade Foundation since July 2003.

In 2007 Bruce was included in Gordon Brown's book ‘Everyday Heroes’, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people and he was recently awarded the MBE for services to Fairtrade and Oxfam. Bruce now Chairs the Garstang Fairtrade Group and the Garstang And New Koforidua Linking Association.

Bruce lives in Garstang and is married with three children.

Original Conference Material

Jurang Fairtrade is proud to be presenting Tameside's very first and very own Fairtrade Conference during the 2009 Tameside Food and Drink Festival.

The Jurang Fairtrade Conference which is titled:'Fairtrade: It's Just Business' will be held on Monday 28th September in the main room of Ashton Town Hall. It's an amazing opportunity for Tameside to hear and think about Fairtrade and for the food and drink sector to engage with Fairtrade by connecting with Fairtrade producers and suppliers.

But it doesn't stop there! Fairtrade is something which unites communities. It brings people together from all walks of life and from various cultural and religious backgrounds. Fairtrade is an ageless movement too, uniting young and old together.

In a time where we often hear about segregation, cultural conflicts and the widening of a gap between young and old, this Fairtrade conference provides a great opportunity to promote Fairtrade and to stand together for trade justice.

Other details

Fairtrade: It's just Business
  • Date: Monday 28th September 2009
  • Venue: Ashton Town Hall, Market Place, Ashton-under-lyne, OL6 6DL
  • Time: start at 13:00 hours, end at 16:00 hours

So why not come along and support Fairtrade in Tameside and obviously beyond!

Sponsors and Partners

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Fairtrade Conference Pictures

Christina Longden Speaking during Conference Christina Longden from the Lorna Young Foundation speaks during the conference

Bruce Crowther Speaking during Conference Bruce Crowther from the Fairtrade Foundation speaks during the Fairtrade Conference

Corniel Quak-Winslow introduces speakers Corniel Quak-Winslow from Jurang Fair Trade opens the conference and introduces the speakers

Joe Human at Fairtrade Conference Joe Human did not just speak, but also was the man when it came to late technical issues

Oromo Coffee Company Staff at Fairtrade Conference The Oromo Coffee Company was present to sell their exclusive coffee
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