High Court judge rules in favour of Irish Traveller claimants in discrimination case against Hillingdon Council

On Friday 13th July, a High Court Judge ruled that Hillingdon Council’s Social Housing Allocation Policy was discriminatory against Travellers. In order to join the social housing register, Hillingdon Council required households to have been living in the borough continuously for at least ten years. Three Irish Traveller claimants successfully challenged the housing policy, highlighting … Read more

Last updated Jul 17, 2018

Health and Wellbeing Alliance launch Inclusion Health Audit Tool for VCSE organisations

We are delighted to announce the launch of an Inclusion Health Audit Tool to measure the engagement of voluntary organisations with Inclusion Health groups. We have led this work in partnership with Homeless Link, as part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The tool was created to help VCSE organisations audit and improve their engagement … Read more

Last updated Jul 17, 2018

Betsy Mobey: Reflections on the one year celebration of the Republic of Ireland’s acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity

On March 15th 2018, Betsy Mobey, then intern at Friends, Families and Travellers, ventured to Dublin to join Travellers in the Republic of Ireland in celebrating one year passing since the Irish State’s acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity. Continue reading to hear details of Betsy’s trip and what she learned on her journey. Betsy writes… In … Read more

Last updated Oct 18, 2018

The end of the road – learning to have difficult conversations about death, bereavement and grief

Everyone has their own way of dealing with death and it can change for people over time. Dying Matters is an initiative which seeks to encourage people to have more open conversations about death, bereavement and grief over the week of the 14th-20th May 2018. There are some commonalities in the ways that members of … Read more

Last updated May 15, 2018

Friends Families and Travellers appointed as Secretariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed as Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. The APPG provides a forum for parliamentarians concerned about issues facing Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities and seeks to address these issues and challenge inequalities. The APPG has two very active co-chairs; … Read more

Last updated May 4, 2018

A Spotlight on Indigenous Highland Travellers

This week, we would like to shine a spotlight on the work of a new group which has started up in Scotland called IHT Indigenous Highland Travellers (IHT). In their own words: “Indigenous Highland Travellers are woven into the fabric of Scottish history. As a community, we are tangible remnants of Scotland’s history that is … Read more

Last updated Apr 27, 2018

Leading charities call on government to put Traveller site provision first in upcoming unauthorised sites review

Today, Friday 13th April 2018, leaders from 25 leading charities joined with Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) in calling on Housing Minister Dominic Raab to address the chronic national shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites and available stopping places in the UK. The letter, penned by FFT Co-Directors Sarah Mann and Zoe Matthews calls on … Read more

Last updated Apr 13, 2018

On World Health Day, FFT asks the government to commit to reducing health inequalities experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Today, with the World Health Organization, we celebrate the 70th annual World Health Day. This year the theme is Universal Healthcare Coverage. The underpinning principle of this is that healthcare should be available to everyone, without discrimination. Sadly, not all UK citizens have access to the same standards of healthcare. On this day, we wish … Read more

Last updated Apr 7, 2018

If there must be a review of powers to tackle unauthorised sites, the focus should be on local authorities’ failure to identify land for Gypsies and Travellers to live on

This morning, Housing Minister Dominic Raab announced that there will be a review of powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites. This follows a series of debates on the topic in October 2017, where a number of parliamentarians called for increased eviction powers. We are highly concerned that the upcoming review and actions will fail … Read more

Last updated Jun 5, 2018