With all the publicity about migrants risking their lives to escape war zones and corrupt governments and the latest earthquake disaster, this time in Nepal, it is re-assuring that Christian Aid has been committed to helping in such situations for 70 years now. Drop in at 2.30pm on Saturday May 9th and hear about the work they are currently doing in Ethiopia from intern Sarah Carter. There will be Fair-trade coffee, home-made cakes, simple crafts and activities suitable for all ages. The event will be in St Barnabas’ Hall and run from 2.30 until 4pm, with short film at 3pm. All proceeds will go to support Christian Aid Week, which officially runs from the 10th to the 16th of May this year.
From 12 noon until 3pm on Saturday October 4th you will have a chance to taste and buy local produce, including beer from the Rocky Head Brewery/ Southfields Sausages/ Allotment Fruit and Veg. There will be a cake stall and various competitions. Any profits will go to support the Wandsworth Food Bank. Look out for poster and flyers.
Despite the weather singers gathered to collect donations with the proceeds to be donated to The Friends of St. George’s Hospital.
Along with SGRA Chairman Rev. Ian Tattum there was a strong contingent of singers including The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr. Angela Graham and Southfields Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor Kim Caddy with her children and Cllrs Terry Ward and Guy Humphries.
Thank you very much to al those who generously made a donation that evening. Thanks also go to all the singers/helpers/collectors and organisers who gave up their time to bring some Christmas joy to the travellers emerging from the Tube and TFL for allowing us to do so.
The Southfields Grid with over 2300 properties has become a target area for various Charities who have benefited from the generous donations of its residents. Although ‘Cold Calling’ on the Grid has now been banned by a Council initiative this doesn’t prevent many clothes collection plastic bags being regularly stuffed through our letterboxes or thrown in our porches.
The writing on many plastic bags suggests that they come from legally registered charity organisations but many of these according to Cllr. Guy Humphries are bogus, the clothing collected never reaching any charity. In addition, bags left out for collection are often stolen from our doorsteps by highly organised gangs who send the clothes abroad and sell them on making huge profits. Some do not even get that far as a friend told me after a bag full of clothes left out ‘disappeared but definite items of his clothes later appeared on a stall at the Plough Lane Boot Sale.
Short of actually taking your unwanted clothes to your favourite charity shop like the Salvation Army, RSPCA and many others that have appeared in our high streets, there is now an alternative. TRAID.
TRAID has the support of Wandsworth Council with this Free Clothing Recycling Scheme’ and there is more information on the Council Website.
I wanted to know more so emailed Scott Coulter, TRAID Logistics Manager, 020 8733 2586
Scotts’ response is as follows:
Thanks for your email. Any help you give us to promote the scheme would be hugely appreciated.
In brief – our clothes collections are managed and operated by the charity (not a private rag company). We have two charitable income streams – selling sorted clothing in TRAID’s charity shops (most valuable to us) and income from selling to wholesale (sold by weight). The funds raised support our work which is: to increase textiles diverted from the waste stream, to deliver sustainable education to people of ages in the UK to reduce waste, to fund international development projects related to improving conditions in the clothes making sector.
Avoiding theft and bogus appeals was one of the reasons TRAID decided to launch a scheme where people could donate directly to charity, direct from their door. Below is an article, which was printed in the Muswell Hill Flyer (a local magazine delivered to households in N10 where we first piloted the scheme). It should cover everything. However, if you have further questions, just get in touch.
A lot of the clothes on our high streets are manufactured using child and sweatshop labour in unsafe and exploitative working conditions. The London based charity TRAID funds work to change this – all by reusing and reselling your unwanted clothes in our 11 charity shops.
Donating to us has never been easier. TRAID offers thousands of households (including yours) free collections of your unwanted clothes! It is an easy and convenient way to donate directly to charity, direct from your door.
Even though you no longer want them, TRAID thinks your donations are too precious to be left outside. So, wherever possible, our driver Bill will collect directly from you. In addition, that’s nice because you know your donations are going straight to charity, and you can say hello to us too!
We take all donations to our warehouse in Wembley where the TRAID team sorts through them deciding where and when they will sell best. It’s a major operation with our staff hanging, tagging and pricing around 11,000 garments each week for sale to the public in our 11 charity shops, which are open 7 days per week for 350 days of the year. The clothing which doesn’t sell in our shops is sold to TRAID’s wholesaler for further reuse and recycling.
Every sale we make enables us to fund projects fighting poverty and exploitation in some of the poorest places in the world. To date, with your help, we have committed over 3.5 Million Pounds to international development work, with nearly £2,000,000 supporting projects to prevent exploitation in the clothes making sector.
This year, TRAID funding includes projects to remove children from bonded labour, improving the rights and working conditions of garment workers, improving health and safety standards in garment factories, doubling the wages of women home workers and enabling small cotton farmers to farm without using harmful and dangerous pesticides.
Donate to TRAID using our collection service, and we will make your donations go a long way.
If you want any further information do not hesitate to get in touch with Scott Coulter at TRAID
The St Barnabas Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th November 2012 was an outstanding success with lots of people & stalls, including , a Bouncy Castle, Father Christmas Grotto, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Cake Stalls, Toy Stall, Booze Raffle and masses of junk jewellery and vintage items and a small band playing..
Rev Ian Tattum ran a raffle and everyone enjoyed the fund-raising event as the following images show. These included catching up on local gossip whilst having hot mulled wine and cake or chilli served in the cafe.