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Friends Families and Travellers Awards 2020 now open for nominations!

We are proud to announce that as part of our 25th birthday celebrations, we will be honouring Gypsies, Roma and Travellers with our very own Friends Families and Travellers Awards 2020! The awards will be held on the 6th March 2020 at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton, and nominations are now open. Nominations will close on 17th January 2020. You can nominate here.

There is much to praise within Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities – from the kindness shown through the Traveller Foodbank Challenge to the sports prowess of Tyson Fury and Samson Lee, to the incredible achievements in the music industry by Shane Ward and Scarlett Lee.

We’re holding these awards to celebrate inspiring individuals from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Britain who have made a special contribution to society and their own communities. This includes Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers, Scottish Gypsy/Travellers, Welsh Gypsies and Travellers, New Travellers, Liveaboard Boaters, Roma people and Travelling Showpeople who you think deserve an award for their work.

The awards will be judged from six categories, and the winner for each category will be chosen by a panel of community members, Friends Families and Travellers staff and Trustees. There are six awards to nominate for:

  • Inspirational Young Person Award
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage Award
  • Sporting Excellence Award
  • The Education Award
  • Inspiring Project Award
  • Alexander Award for Lifetime Achievement

Commenting on the organisation’s Friends Families and Travellers Awards 2020, Sarah Mann, Director of Friends Families and Travellers said:

We’re very excited to celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community members and all the positive contributions they make in our own communities and wider society, up and down the country. The awards and the evening’s proceedings will acknowledge and honour all those who have worked hard to make our world a little better, for themselves and others around them.


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About Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT)

Friends, Families and Travellers is a leading national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies, Roma and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background.

Media Contact

Sami McLaren, Communications Officer

Tel: 01273 234 038 Email: [email protected]

Useful Resources

Nominate a person or project for the awards here.

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