Police call for more Traveller sites, not the criminalisation of Gypsy and Traveller families

Today, Friends Families and Travellers (FFT) have released a damning report which found that the overwhelming majority of police responses to the Government’s 2018 consultation on unauthorised encampments do not want more eviction powers. Despite this, on the 3rd of November 2019 the Home Secretary announced a fresh consultation on more eviction powers for police. … Read more

Last updated Nov 14, 2019

FFT call on schools to tackle racist bullying against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people

Today, 11th November 2019 marks the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week with the theme ‘Change Starts With Us’. We’ll be taking part by highlighting the racist bullying that many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people face and calling on schools to take a zero tolerance approach to bullying. Coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance in … Read more

Last updated Nov 11, 2019

Friends Families and Travellers announced as runners up for national ‘Community Health Development Award’

On Thursday 17th October, the winners of the illustrious Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards were announced in a glamorous event at the East Wintergarden in London. Brighton based charity Friends Families and Travellers (FFT) were in attendance and were announced as runners up in the ‘Community Health Development’ Award category … Read more

Last updated Oct 21, 2019

Launch of pledge card for MPs to declare their support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Today, a coalition of organisations have launched a ‘pledge card’ which allows MPs to declare their support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom. Friends Families and Travellers who are co-ordinating the campaign are calling for people to approach their MP and to ask them to make a pledge to stand up … Read more

Last updated Oct 2, 2019

Friends Families and Travellers Event: Say no to anti-Gypsyism

This Sunday 22 September, Friends, Families and Travellers will be opening their doors for a Fringe event during the Labour Party Conference to discuss how communities in Britain can say ‘no’ to anti-Gypsyism. A recent Equalities and Human Rights Commission report found that 44% of over 2,000 British people expressed openly negative views about Gypsy, … Read more

Last updated Sep 17, 2019

New equality report: Planning policies found to be ‘inadequate’ in addressing the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers

A report released today, Friday 13th September, by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found ‘concerning trends’ in the ways local planning authorities are assessing and meeting the need for Gypsy and Traveller pitches in England, following the change to the definition of Gypsies and Travellers under planning policy in 2015. The findings … Read more

Last updated Sep 13, 2019

Time for action: Our response to government statement on Women and Equalities Committee report

Two children sitting talking on a Traveller site

Today, the government released their response to a Women and Equalities Committee Report which called for action to address the ‘stark’ inequalities experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. In the response, the government confirmed the launch of a new national strategy to tackle these inequalities, committed to improving data collection and to improving processes … Read more

Last updated Jul 18, 2019

Friends, Families and Travellers shortlisted for RSPH Health and Wellbeing Award

On Thursday 20th June, the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) announced that Friends, Families and Travellers are in the shortlist for the ‘Community Health Development Award’ at the Health and Wellbeing Awards 2019. The award ceremony, which will be held in October, recognises and celebrates activities and strategies that successfully empower communities and individuals … Read more

Last updated Jul 10, 2019

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