Author: Helen Robinson
Education - The fairandfunky Way!
The latest in our series celebrating educators, features longstanding and totally awesome friends of Eduzine Global, fairandfunky!
fairandfunky is a community interest company from Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England, with a mission of 'empowering people to take little steps to change the world'. The organisation is more that just an ordinary business as all profits are reinvested into the company, so enabling delivery of free workshops to community groups, the development of a fairandfunky festival and eventually training and employing local people.
Helen Robinson and Sophie Bebb established fairandfunky in 2012. They commented "We believe that as individuals we have the power to make a positive difference in the world; through the way we act, what we wear, where we shop and what we do. fairandfunky enables people to make those positive choices and empowers people to take their own little steps to change the world."
fairandfunky deliver brilliant interactive school workshops on 3 key global themes: recycling, the environment and Fairtrade. The workshops are adapted to suit the age of the participants and educate children on the issues presented by these 3 key global themes. The workshops range from creative arts to debates; from roleplay to junk modelling with a difference. All of which are suitable for a school based environment and youth groups such as guiding and scouting.
fairandfunky work with a number of community organisations to deliver unique community SCRAPtastic workshops and events. The SCRAPtastic workshops only use recycled materials and engage participants with local and global sustainability issues. The workshops and events educate and promote participants through fun activities which deliver the message in a unique, engaging and enthralling way.
All fairandfunky products are fair and funky. They are either recycled products, fairly traded, or organic – sometimes all 3. The company works only with suppliers who can provide details of where their products were made and by whom, selling a range of amazing gifts as well as wonderful homeware, jewellery, soft toys, books and soaps. This range continues to grow and change as fairandfunky grows. As well as online sales, fairandfunky also sell their products at Holmfirth Parish Church and Imagine Toy Shop in Holmfirth. They also pop up with their products at festivals, events, markets, and at home parties. Helen & Sophie say "We’re always interested in new ideas so do contact us and let us know if you have a good one!"
About The Founders
Helen Robinson is a trained primary school teacher with a degree in Environmental Science, who loves Holmfirth. After graduating Helen worked for VSO teaching biology and chemistry in a school in rural Kenya. She returned to the UK to raise her family and worked across Kirklees as a supply teacher. Helen, who is committed to Fairtrade, co-founded the Holme Valley Fairtrade Support Group and together with others from the group set up a fairtrade co-operative in Holmfirth and worked as the buying and shop manager.
Sophie Bebb is an arts graduate with a degree in fine art skills and practices from Central St. Martins. Sophie is an active member of the Holme Valley Oxfam Support Group and is also co-chair of The Oxfam National Youth Board. She presented the Youth Perspective on Campaigns to the board of Oxfam International and organises campaign events at the Houses of Parliament. Sophie has a Continuing Professional Development qualification in the Fairtrade sector from Liverpool Hope University. Sophie is also bee mad, loves gardening and would like to keep chickens!
Helen & Sophie told Eduzine Global "We hope that people who attend our workshops or buy fairandfunky products will be empowered to take their own little steps to change the world. You really can make a difference and you can start right now at www.fairandfunky.com
Congratulations to Helen & Sophie on their fabulous educational enterprise. Those who have attended the amazing fairandfunky workshops (including our own Media Director) come away with a real sense of happy achievement as well as an incredible education in Fairtrade, environmental issues and the importance of recycling. So if you are ever in the Yorkshire area, or indeed further afield & you want to learn in an enjoyable environment ... contact fairandfunky ... You will not be disappointed!
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