A Mission statement was made in October 2009 and the Service Core Group took forward Fairtrade in the Church. Organisations in and using the church went over to using Fairtrade products.
In November 2011 after a meeting with Martin Rhode of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum three of our congregation undertook with others to start a steering group to help Arbroath become a Fairtrade town.
In December 2011 St Andrew’s Church gained Fairtrade Status after the hard work of the Service Core Group and the whole congregation.
Since December the steering Group called Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group have achieved several goals they set themselves. There are now three Service Core Group members and one member from our congregation and the Leader Mary Reid is one of our four. We have two other churches represented, two councillors and a business woman on the committee.
There is now outreach into the community. There are regular meetings with Arbroath High School Steering Group which has Fairtrade Status. There has been one meeting at Arbroath Academy and three of their primary feeder schools have started Fairtrade in their curriculum. There is ongoing work with one school in our parish for Fairtrade Fortnight. The group has reached out to churches in the town and new links are being made. Local supermarkets and businesses are giving support to help Arbroath achieve its status as a Fairtrade town. Mary Reid attends Angus Fairtrade Zone meeting so links their work will always be ongoing with new aims.