One World Blog

  • Announcement: New Premises

    We are very pleased to announce that we have now signed the lease for a new premises! As of October 2015* the One World Shop will be moving to ...

    City of Edinburgh Methodist Church


    *date to be confirmed

    The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church is nestled in the corner of Nicolson Square, just off Nicolson Street which has great bus routes and easily accessed by car or on foot from all directions. In May 2014, they completed a £2.5 million refurbishment project to make the church more accessible, create a new café and outdoor terrace area, renovated meeting rooms and the auditorium and establish itself as a thriving Edinburgh Fringe venue.

    The Well Cafe

    Before the renovations, the cafe was located in the basement of the church. The large space will be split in two, so that it can be shared between ourselves and The Dream Factory. The Dream Factory is a new hub for creativity and enterprise. It includes small business incubation, and Hope’s Garden is the pioneering business for the project.

    We will also make use of what was the kitchen for storage, a small chapel as the office and the corridor leading into the space from the front of the building. The new shop is accessed at the front, down a few steps via the car park, but there is also access for those unable to manage the steps by the lift accessed from the cafe or deliveries via the back of the building down a ramp (not pictured).

    The front door - going into the corridor
    Corridor going into the shop space
    Looking into the space from the door
    Looking left into the shop from the door
    Looking back towards the door, the kitchen hatch and entrance into the store room
    From the side of the hatch, door past the right side of the image
    The chapel - to become our office

    We're really looking forward to connecting with lots of new organisations and businesses in the new location. Edinburgh University, the Mosque and Festival Theatre will hopefully bring in many new customers for us.

    The space that we're moving into wasn't included in the existing refurbishment, but some
    work is still on-going in the basement rooms. A wall will be built to divide up the main room, we also need to install ventilation for the storage space and new doors will need to be fitted. Once we've completed the main building works, new flooring, decorating and shop fit-out will need to begin as well as creating a store room and office - so, there's a lot of work to do!

    Currently, we've raised about £5,000 from various fundraising activities in the 15 months, but we need to seriously step up our game if we are going to have a shop that looks as great as the products it will be flaunting.

    Once we have some good design plans down, we will have a better idea of what our specific expenses are going to be. We're planning a few more fundraising events, but we're relying on help from our friends and members with ideas and planning. Please get in touch if you have a fundraising idea, or an event that proceeds could be donated to us from.

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  • AGM 2015

    anna_donFor the very last time, on Tuesday 23rd June, we congregated in Henderson's Cafe at St John's for the One World Shop annual general meeting. We welcomed new supporters and friends who have been with us since the beginning into the cosy space along the terrace with offerings of fairtrade wine and snacks - of which I am currently eating the leftovers.

    The meeting was a lot busier than usual, and I could tell there were lots of questions waiting to be asked. Our new chairperson, Calummurdo Kennedy welcomed everyone and went on with the usual business. The details of which aren't really all that interesting, so I'll spare you the details but do contact us if you'd like to know more.

    rachel_katThere was a bit of chatter after the "official-business-bit" as we set up the projector and laptop to give a bit of information on the new premises for One World Shop. At the time of writing, the lease is yet to be signed, but I can now tell you that we will be moving to The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church (CEMC) in Nicolson Square, just off Nicolson Street.

    The space that we will be taking over was previously a cafe, so there is a fair amount of redevelopment work that we will need to do before we can move in. We will be updating you of the progress on the blog and via our newsletter, so if you haven't already signed up, you can do so at the bottom of the page.

    moira_christineAfter the new shop presentation, we showed the reel of all our videos we commissioned earlier this year, which you can now find around the site and on our YouTube page.

    We had a really great night, thank you to everyone that came. The general feeling of positivity is incredibly uplifting. We definitely have a difficult transition ahead of us but the words of support and enthusiasm make it feel like it's going to be a wonderful journey, and potentially something that could completely change the business for the better.

    If you'd like to become more involved with the development of One World Shop, we invite you to have a look at becoming a member.

    Download the 2015 Annual Report: OWS Annual Report 2015 (also available in the shop)

  • One World Peace Ceilidh 2015

    Thank you SO much to everyone that supported the One World Peace Ceilidh this year! What a great night it was, there wasn't enough space in the hall for everyone joining in the first dance!The first dance

    We sold out of curry and almost didn't have any plates or cutlery due to a courier mix-up (they arrived at the office on the Monday after), but somehow it all went to plan!

    Our comperes for the night were Voice Box Theatre - they kept us entertained inbetween acts with acrobatics, jokes and even fire! They have a regular slot during the Fringe, so I'd definitely recommend putting a star to next their slot in your programme this year.

    Protest in HarmonyThe evening started off with Protest in Harmony choir who performed some great sing-a-long pieces such as "What shall we do about global warming?" (Shrink our carbon footprint! - I'm still singing it) to get the crowd in the mood for a party with meaning. The singing was followed by a few jigs performed by the Clapshot Ceilidh Band who played tirelessly throughout the night, calling out the steps and accompanying the full dancefloor of twirling and laughing dancers. They're not even usually a band and just play together in the pub sometimes. If you want to hear more from them, you can often find some of them around pubs in Edinburgh.

    We had Carlos Arredondo singing and playing beautiful & passionate classical guitar, also playing alongside Galo Ceron. Having Carlos at our ceilidh was exceptionally special as he is a long standing friend of the shop, we recently found footage of our 10th birthday party which features Carlos performing!

    Thanks to our other musical performers Eric and Kathy, Magnus, and poet Katherine McMahon who always gives us such an authentic, funny and warming reading of her poems.

    Ceilidh grubOnce the food was served, all hands were on deck to dish out the baked potatoes, curry, rice and salad to a long queue of hungry dancers! There wasn't much left once people had had their fill. It was quite satisfying to throw the plates and cutlery out with the food waste, thanks to Vegware's amazing staff who hand delivered it to us about an hour before the first punters arrived!

    The raffle was drawn quite late on, most of the prizes were won by people who had bought their tickets prior to the night. It was great to see Jane Forster won our top Divine Chocolate Party prize! Jane is a big supporter of fair trade in Edinburgh and is a member of Balerno's Fairtrade Group and Edinburgh's Fairtrade City Group.

    By the time Auld Lang Syne was playing, we had a few sleepy heads in the sidelines but extremely grateful that some of the guests stayed behind to help clear up at the end!

    The ceilidh was run by some amazing volunteers, and we wouldn't have had such an amazing result without them and all the donations from our friends and supportive businesses in Edinburgh. Collectively we've raised about £4000 from the ceilidh and raffle, which will be used to fund the move of One World Shop and the Peace and Justice Centre later this year.

    Watch this space for the videos from the ceilidh!


    Thank you's!

    • Co-op
    • Divine Chocolate
    • Equal Exchange
    • Greencity
    • Harvistoun Brewery
    • Heineken
    • Henderson Wines
    • Just Trading Scotland
    • Missy's Vegan Cupcakes
    • Scotmid
    • Shared Earth
    • Steampunk Coffee
    • Tesco
    • The Brotique
    • The Edinburgh Casting Studio
    • Thistly Cross
    • Traidcraft
    • Vegware
    • Ivor Burnie
    • Voice Box Theatre
    • AND all of the other musicians and performers, everyone that helped, baked cakes, carried things, poured drinks, put chairs away and made the One World Peace Ceilidh a massive success!
  • Summer 2015 Volunteering Opportunities

    Free time this summer?

    The Edinburgh Fringe Festival brings in thousands of extra customers and we need your help to keep the shop running over the summer season. We're open 7 days a week, so we need lots of extra helpers to run our shop, outside marquee and pop-up cafe.

    If you feel inspired to engage with customers and contribute to our ethical business, please get in touch

    Minimum requirements

    • 1 x ½ day a week (4hrs approx - includes a tea break)
    • Bundles of enthusiasm
    • Happy to interact with customers
    • Competent speaking English
    • Age 16+

    Ideal but not necessary

    • Experience working in a retail environment
    • Cash handling experience
    • Cafe experience
    • Some interest in fair trade, ethical or ecological issues

    What's in it for me?

    • Get retail experience in a really friendly, supportive environment - training will be provided
    • Meet loads of new people
    • Learn about ethical business, fair trade and environmental issues
    • A kick up the bum to get out the house!

    Contact our volunteer co-ordinator John Gordon for more details:

    0131 229 4541
    call or text 07733031002

  • Fairtrade Schools Packs

    One of our goals at One World Shop is to create a whole world full of Global Citizens who will stand up and say NO to human rights violations!

    Maybe the entire world is a bit ambitious, so starting with primary schools around Edinburgh, we're promoting our new Tuck into Fairtrade campaign with a free goodie box of samples from One World Shop. The goodie box includes some of our best sellers and ideas on how to run a tuckshop or stall, and most importantly, why schools need to get involved.

    Are you part of a school community looking to become involved in fair trade? We can provide goods for a stall or tuckshop, tea & coffee for the staff room and can arrange a workshop or shop visit. Get in touch to discuss how we can help you! (Click the envelope above to contact us.)

    Have a look at our new Tuck into Fairtrade mini-site for more information:

  • World Fair Trade Day 2015

    On Saturday 9th May we will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day. World Fair Trade Day is a worldwide celebration of fair trade and the success it makes in fighting against poverty, exploitation, climate change and other environmental issues. We are teaming up with SCIAF as part of their Matching Miles campaign - a cycling pilgrimage around Scotland to highlight the problems of climate change.

    The pilgrimage started on the north coast at Thurso, and after a week of cycling they will end up in Edinburgh, at One World Shop. Please join us to welcome the gang of cyclists in at around 1pm on Saturday 9th May with a celebratory picnic. There'll be facepainting and free tea, coffee and biscuits (all Fairtrade of course).

    If every driver in Scotland drove just five miles less each week, over the course of a year it would be equivalent of taking 70,000 cars off the road.

    You can join their fight against climate change which is making a much bigger difference to farmers in places like Malawi where farmers are struggling to grow crops in ever increasing dry seasons.  Visit the Matching Miles website to pledge to walk or cycle instead of taking the bus or car; or send an email to Nicola Sturgeon and ask that the Scottish Government makes climate change a priority.

  • One World Peace Ceilidh & Appeal Raffle

    Poster for One World Peace Ceilidh 2015

    One World Shop and the Peace & Justice Centre are very pleased to announce our second annual One World Peace Ceilidh! After a successful first ceilidh in 2014, we are back to raise even more to help towards the relocation of both organisations at the end of this summer while their home for over 30 years, St John's Church, is redeveloped. Both organisations desperately need help to stay open and continue doing the inspirational work they have been doing since the 1980's.

    We will have some great live music from the Clapshot Ceilidh Band - so bring your dancing shoes! There will also be live entertainment from Voice Box Theatre, Protest in Harmony Choir, poets Kath McMahon and Aisling Murphy, and other performers.

    There will be hot, homely food available to buy, so come and get your dinner before visiting the bar.

    We will be drawing the raffle at the event and there will be plenty of chances to buy tickets before and on the night.

    The ceilidh will be hosted at the Edinburgh Steiner School Hall on Spylaw Road on Friday 29th May. The doors open at 7:30pm and runs until midnight.

    Tickets are now on sale at £10 each (£7 concession) and available at One World Shop, the Peace & Justice Centre or online at

    Click here to buy tickets

    Participating in the event is the perfect way to support One World Shop. Not only do you get to enjoy a great night of entertainment, food and dancing, but you're also helping keep the shop open by buying a ticket, raffle tickets, food and drink. All the profits from the ceilidh will be split between the One World Shop and the Peace & Justice Centre, and profits made from the raffle go solely to One World Shop.

    Buy One World Shop Appeal Raffle TicketsOne World Appeal Raffle

    The raffle tickets are now available to buy in the shop at £1 each, or on our website.  If you would like tickets to sell on our behalf at your stall, event, work or even just to your friends, please contact Lorna for more details.

    The prizes we've already received are amazing and we have even more prizes coming in from our friends at Shared Earth, The Brotique and others. If you have a gift, voucher or experience you'd like to donate please get in touch.


    1st Prize

    Divine Chocolate Tasting Party for up to 10 people (worth £350) – A Divine Chocolate Chocolateer will come to your home or venue anywhere in the UK and host a range of activities including a full sensory experience learning the subtleties of chocolate tasting, and a chocolate making demo.


    2nd Prize

    Bodymax B2 indoor cycle exercise bike & monitor (worth £399.98) - Bodymax B2 Indoor cycle provides unbeatable benefit for a studio cycle. Big, easy to examine monitor screen gives you feed back on time, pace, distance, calories, and telemetric pulse.


    3rd Prize

    £150 to spend on Traidcraft - Traidcraft sells the UK's widest range of fair trade products, runs life-changing development projects and campaigns hard to bring about trade justice.

    Click here for a look at the full list of raffle prizes

    Download the posters

    One World Peace Ceilidh 2015 (PDF)

    Raffle Ticket Poster (PDF)

  • Help us keep our shop OPEN

    We received the news about the impending development at St John’s Church with excitement and trepidation. The church is building a large glass extension above the shop, altering the hall and totally re-developing the terrace and south facing part of the church to modernise and improve accessibility. The work is due to start in the autumn of this year. As a result, the One World Shop needs to find temporary new premises for up to two years.

    The One World Shop has been located at St John’s Church for 32 years so this is a big change and upheaval. We want to ensure that we continue to provide the support we have always done to our Fair Trade suppliers all over the world. We also want to ensure our customers have an uninterrupted supply of the widest range of Fair Trade products available in Scotland, and via our website throughout the UK, and to continue to keep our staff and volunteers working with us.


    As well as providing a great outlet for Fair Trade food and gifts, the One World Shop runs an educational programme on the values of Fair Trade; we regularly visit schools, faith groups and community groups throughout Edinburgh and Glasgow giving talks, assemblies and workshops on how Fair Trade works in practice. We supply stalls and tuckshops of Fair Trade products to sell at their events and to other locations across Scotland. We also supply bulk Fair Trade tea and coffee to local offices. We want to continue to provide these services as usual and to ensure our Fair Trade work develops and increases during this time.

    After supporting Fair Trade producers and promoting Fair Trade in the community for over 30 years we now need your support to ensure the One World Shop survives and grows throughout this change.

    We are searching hard for new premises centrally located in Edinburgh. Ideally we would like to find premises by July and to do that we need to raise at least £20,000 by July 2015, this will cover:

    • £5,000 for relocation
    • £10,000 for refurbishing our new shop and office
    • £5,000 rental deposit

    That’s why we have launched this appeal.

    Please consider helping us in any way you can, no donation is too small:

    • Fundraise for the appeal by holding a Fair Trade coffee morning or a bake sale
    • Organise a stall at your school and donate the proceeds
    • Come up with your own unique fundraising ideas and contribute to the appeal
    • Buy tickets for our raffle in the shop and/or request them to sell, or email us to request a pack
    • Make a donation online at our website.
    • Send us a cheque made payable to ‘One World Shop’
    • Include Gift Aid in your donation if you are a UK taxpayer
    • Spread the word: tell as many people as you can about our appeal by word of mouth, on social media or in any other way and ask them if they can contribute

    Let us know if you can help in other ways, would like leaflets to distribute, know of premises that might be suitable or would like more information by emailing: or contact Rachel Farey directly at 0131 229 4542 or email:

    Keep checking in the shop and online for news about the appeal and our fundraising events. Signing up for our e-newsletter below is the easy way to do this!


  • Inspiring alternatives - Reflections on Fair Trade fortnight


    Now that Fairtrade Fortnight is over, it is good to reflect on the event and recall what we heard and learnt from our visiting producers.

    It was Pamela, our seamstress from Craft Aid Mauritius, who had never travelled out of her country or spoken in public before who inspired and uplifted everyone, everywhere she went. Pamela spoke movingly at our Fair Trade Festival in Summerhall of the hardship she endured working in a textile factory in Mauritius where she started at 14 years of age. She had to work seven days a week, starting at 7am and working until she finished her quota of 1,000 Tee shirts or other garments, sometimes finishing at 11pm. She did not get Christmas Day off.  Due to the long hours she had little time to care for her baby daughter or husband so her marriage broke down and her husband asked her for a divorce, “this moment destroyed my life”. She vowed never to work in textiles again but a friend encouraged her to come to an interview at Craft Aid, the Fair Trade organisation. She was surprised to see workers wearing masks and uniforms and there were no children working there. She got the job and enjoys working only five days a week, having a lunch break and being in a “place of safety”. “I want to go to work, it’s like a family”, she says, breaking out into a warm smile,  “please remember, that behind every garment you buy, there is a human story, many human stories, like mine”.

    Summerhall Gabriel, Pamela, Baillie Melanie Main and Andy From Kool Schools
    Leith Primary Andy from Kool Schools with Gabriel, Pamela, Lily, Bruna and Mairi from Leith Primary School and Dawn Maloney

    Gabriel Kamudu, the Managing Director of Craft Aid also joined us in Edinburgh and told us how and why he started up the company. It started in 1982 when he was 24 years old; he was a Christian and wanted to put his faith into practice. “I wanted to train up and give work to disabled people and bring abled and disabled people to work together. I started with five people”. Many disabled children in Mauritius are hidden or beaten and have no prospects of work when they grow up. Now Craftaid is a thriving company and over 30% of the workforce is disabled.

    Pamela Pamela shares her experiences with St Thomas Aquins Pupils

    Craft Aid supplies sugar, cards and clothing to Traidcraft, the Body Shop and many other companies in the UK as well as the One World Shop. They also supply Fair Trade cotton school uniforms to Koolskools , an ethical clothing company based in Southampton. Andy Ashcroft from Koolskools accompanied Gabriel and Pamela to their talks to schools, churches, shops, council buildings and to their final presentation at the Scottish Parliament.

  • It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!


    Rachel Farey reports:

    It’s already been an exciting start to Fairtrade Fortnight at the One World Shop. On Saturday I met up with the wonderfully engaging Pamela L’Intelligent, a seamstress from Craft Aid Mauritius who arrived in Edinburgh for the start of her whistle-stop tour around Scotland. Pamela makes school uniforms and will be visiting schools, faith groups and campaigning groups as a guest of Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Edinburgh Fairtrade City Group to talk about her experiences working in a factory as a child and how they would be hidden in baskets when the inspectors visited and explain just how working for a Fair Trade organisation has changed her life around.

    Pamela at work Pamela at work

    Craft Aid also provides the wide range of sugar we sell at the shop and deliver to our business customers; demerara, raw cane, muscovado and caster sugar. Pamela and Gabriel Kumudu, the Director of Craftaid, will be speaking at the One World Shop for our event “Sugar! Sugar!” on Sunday 1st March at 2.30pm, so do come along and enjoy some tea and cake and listen to their extraordinary journey.

    IMG_1700 Pamela and Rachel with the Edinburgh skyline pictured from the Botanic Gardens

    This week I will be travelling about giving lots of talks on Fair Trade to schools and other groups and delivering lots of stalls to churches and schools in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Please contact us if you would like to run your own Fair Trade stall either during Fairtrade Fortnight or any other time.

    On Saturday 28th Feb we will be running a stall at the Fair Trade Festival event at the Main Hall in Summerhall in Edinburgh, a family-friendly event with free refreshments, storytelling, stalls, music from Edinburgh Contemporary Choir, do come along.


    Sugar! Sugar!
    Free event at the One World Shop
    St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh
    Sunday 1 March at 2.30pm

    Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival
    Summerhall, EH9 1QH
    Saturday 28 February, 10.30 – 2.30
    The Festival brings together Fair Trade stalls, speakers, delicious free refreshments from Nutmeg Bakehouse, music, storytelling and special guests Gabriel Kamudu and Pamela L'Intelligent from Mauritius. The event is free, for all ages and will also host singers from Edinburgh Contemporary Choir and have the accomplished Kenyan Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies enchanting attendees with her wonderful tales.

    Find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd Feb – 8th March)

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