The café tables, chairs and umbrellas are set up in the very private and lovely courtyard, the summer menu is ready, and new stock is on the shelves. All they now need is YOU!
Many people are not even aware that Just Traid exists, nestled in the St John’s Centre on St John’s Street. It offers an excellent array of unique foodstuffs, home wares and gifts for sale in the shop as well as organic, homemade food in the café at some of the lowest prices in Bury!
In its efforts to be ethical and mindful of the environment, Just Traid now has rice husk cups for sale. (It is amazing what can be done with materials that were previously binned!) Fewer than 1% of single-use, takeaway cups are recycled, so switching to a reusable cup reduces the impact on the environment. On the café counter are Re-Use and Re-Fill cards. After five stamps, customers using their own cups can receive a free cup of tea or coffee.
Some of the new items in the shop include sarongs from Namasté, which are best sellers. From Child Rescue Nepal, a charity that seeks to keep children safe in Nepal, there are head scarves/bandanas and from Shared Earth, a variety of hemp bags in the latest designs. Just Traid remains the sole stockist of Ian Snow fair trade household items in Bury and also sell Nkuku home accessories. Of course, the shop continues to stock favourite foods items from Divine, Suma, Traidcraft and Zaytoun.
The St John’s Street Summer Festival returns this year on Saturday, 15 June, and people will be able to ‘shop ‘n’ bop all day in the sun’. Just Traid will provide fun activities for children, including glitter tattoos and hair braiding as well as its usual menu of homemade food in the café. The next day, Sunday, 16 June, is the Hidden Gardens from 11-5. The Community Garden at the St John’s Centre will be open, and visitors will be able to enter through the gate on the church side of the Centre and continue through the Community Garden around to the Just Traid courtyard and the chance to enjoy lunch or a cream tea before continuing on to other gardens.
Yes, summertime is very busy at Just Traid. It has lots of customers and Just Traid is always in need of volunteers to work in the shop or to help in the café. If you would like to do something a little different than the normal volunteer situation, please come and talk to Just Traid and find out what it is all about. Just Traid is working together in the hope of making life better for those in developing countries and to ensure fair wages, fair treatment, quality medical care and educational opportunities for all.