March 12th – Fairtrade and parks volunteering

March 12th looks set to be busy, with two events that we’ve been asked to let you know about.
Firstly, ArcSpace in Hulme is hosting a Fair Trade event in Hulme as part of Fairtrade Fortnight, 12 noon to 4pm. The organisers promise “LIVE MUSIC…FAIR TRADE GOODIES…ETHICAL SHOPPING… FILMS… TOY AND CLOTHES SWAP…BUYERS CO-OP…SEASONAL FOOD… all at ARCSPACE, St Wilfrids Enterprise Centre, Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5BJ,”
Secondly, the Enviroment Network for Manchester is running ‘ParkLife’, an event at Birch Community Centre in Rusholme for anyone who volunteers in their local parks, or is interested in doing so. EN4M says:

If you volunteer at your local park this free event may interest you:
Saturday 12th March, 10am-3pm at Birch Community Centre in Rusholme M14 5JT.
In the morning there will be a series of workshops, followed by a free lunch. During the afternoon discussion and group work will take place on the future role of park user groups in light of the cuts and Big Society rhetoric. Should Manchester’s park communities unite?
Workshops and presentations will include:
“Constitutions for Communities – Key Elements” covering some of the key elements constitutions should have.
“The Sustainable Communities Act 2007” a first step towards “bottom up” change where communities get the opportunity in certain circumstances to put forward proposals for consideration by central government which can be implemented in their borough.
Both with Mei Wang of the Environmental Law Foundation.
“Park wildlife and biodiversity” Illustrated talk by Dave Bishop, Chair of the Friends of Chorlton Meadows
And more workshops and stalls to be confirmed covering funding tips, creating green corridors throughout the city, volunteer engagement and more.

If you’re interested contact Jenny on admin [at] or on 273 1736.

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