Meeting to look at Co-Op shop for Derry

Jo Bird.
Jo Bird.

An event will be held in Derry next week to look into opening a Fair Trade Co-Operative food shop in Derry.

The event will take place on Monday night, March 7th, at Eden Arts Centre, Pilot’s Row in the Bogside from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

It will also look at possibly opening a Fair Trade cafe alongside a shop facility.

Jo Bird, who has a decade’s experience promoting Fairtrade in Britain and Middle East, will facilitate the event. There will also be some further events next week as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “This is a purposeful meeting to explore viability.”

Among the items to be raised during the meeting will be current Fair Trade, local and wholefood provision in the Derry area.

Examples and models of food co-ops will also be discussed such as Dublin Food Co-op and St George’s Market in Belfast, as well as the potential to run the co-op by volunteers.

A Working Group is expected to be formed at the meeting on Monday night.

The following day from 10am to 12pm there will be a Big Fairtrade Brunch hosted at the Rainbow Project in Derry.

To mark International Women’s Day there will be a special guest arriving from the USA for the event, which is free to attend.

On Wednesday, meanwhile, Bennigans Film Club on John Street will be screening a film with a Fairtrade focus.

This will be followed on Thursday by a battle of the sexes as the girls of Thornhill College take on the boys of St Columb’s College in the Fairtrade Debate.

The event, also being staged as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, will see the two schools thrashing out issues surrounding the significance or lack of significance of Fairtrade intervention.

The event at St Columb’s College is closed to the public.