A regular presence in the shop we thought it was high time we learnt a little bit more about Viv. A teacher in her past life, Viv is a welcoming and friendly addition to the shop she always has time to help you choose the perfect gift.
What is your favourite fair trade product?
My favourite Fairtrade product happens to be dependent on which week you ask me! It used to be a beautiful ceramic jug, that I now have in my home, sometimes it is one of the ‘Earth Squared’ bags, but always one of the hand thrown mugs from India. There is a wonderful range of original and interesting gift ideas.
How did you get involved in the shop?
I got involved with the shop through a conversation had at my dance class one evening. I had recently taken early retirement from teaching and was casting around for something worthwhile to do. My friend suggested offering to volunteer in the Fairtrade shop. This I did. That led to Jenny asking me if I’d be interested in working for her, two days a week. I’ve nearly completed my first year.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My spare time is spent in activities to do with music and/or the countryside. I love to dance; Lindy-hop, a dance for swing band music, and am learning Balboa, which is a dance for when the music is too fast for Lindy! I’m also a member of a ladies’ choir, and enjoy listening to live music. When not dancing, I get my exercise by taking walks in the Peak District.
How important do you think it is to make children aware of Fairtrade and its impact?
When I was teaching, Fairtrade Fortnight was recognised through assemblies and classroom activities. Young children are very receptive to all ideas put to them, and often demonstrate an awareness and understanding of issues that you might not credit them with. Knowledge of the lives of people world wide is very important as it will help them to make decisions on how to live their own lives.
And finally…. Where is your favourite place to visit in Sheffield?
My favourite places to visit in Sheffield are the green areas. For example; Ecclesall Woods, Forge Dam in Mayfield Valley, and Whirlow Hall Farm, where I volunteer each week.