Dunscore is a Fairtrade Village. We started our Fairtrade Village journey in 2007 and became the first Fairtrade Community in Dumfries and Galloway in 2009. A year later our village signs displayed our Fairtrade status.
Fairtrade is a way to help relieve poverty by changing how we shop. If you buy goods displaying the Fairtrade Mark, you know that the producers have been guaranteed a fair price for their goods. They are also given an extra amount on top of this (the Fairtrade Premium) for community projects such as schools, clean water and health programmes. You can see more about what buying Fairtrade products can achieve here.
Living in a farming community, we are well aware that it is not only farmers in developing countries who suffer trade injustice. We encourage people to buy locally supporting our local farmers, producers and businesses and, in turn, are delighted to have received great support for Fairtrade in Dunscore from our community including businesses, organisations and individuals.
We work to promote Fairtrade in diverse and interesting ways including:
- Organising many events to promote Fairtrade including our ever-popular Big Brew during Fairtrade Fortnight (in February / March each year)
- Working with and encouraging the school Fairtrade Group who have become a FairActive School
- Encouraging all the other groups and organisations in the village to use Fairtrade products wherever possible
- Lobbying politicians and organisations to make trade fair
The Steering Group meets every couple of months and we participate in activities throughout the year. You can see what we have been doing recently by joining our Facebook group.
If you live in or near Dunscore, you are part of the Fairtrade Village! We are always pleased to welcome new people to our meetings. Contact us through the Dunscore Fairtrade Facebook group to find out more.