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Trading standards volunteers receive Certificates of Commendation

KFTRA receiving award

 A group of trading standards volunteers receives national recognition for their work to empower residents in their community

The Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Association (KFTRA) have been awarded a Certificate of Commendation at the Trading Standards Institute Conference in Brighton on Wednesday 19 June for the work its volunteers are carrying out in their community.

Offering workshops to tenant representatives and local residents, developed and coordinated by West Yorkshire Trading Standards, the group have had a significant impact in raising awareness about topics ranging from scams, fraud and rogue traders to budgeting skills, illegal money lending and doorstep crime. 

Dawn Mason, education and community engagement officer at West Yorkshire trading standards, said: "KFTRA tenant reps have shown real dedication and commitment to a range of partnership initiatives, up skilling and empowering themselves, and becoming invaluable pillars of support in the local community.

"By engaging with a series of workshops, learning new skills and demonstrating a proactive approach to neighbourly support, tenant reps have managed to engage with hard to reach members of the community.   Their ability to provide timely advice and support to residents has produced genuine, positive impacts."

TSI's chief executive Leon Livermore said: "It is fantastic to see members of the community coming together and working on ways to help other residents.

"We are delighted to give the Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Association national recognition for their valuable efforts; by creating increased awareness, consumers will be better empowered to protect themselves from fraud, scams and rogue traders."

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Trading Standards Institute (TSI)

TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally.  We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.

TSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses. @tsi_uk

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2013

The Trading Standards Institute’s annual trading standards and consumer affairs Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe. The 2013 Conference is at Brighton Centre from Tuesday 18 June to Thursday 20 June. 

Some 1,500 people are expected to attend the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. 

For more information please visit and follow the #TSIConf13 stream on our @TSI_uk Twitter account.

DATE: 19 June 2013