Today, FFT are pleased to announce the Friends, Families and Travellers Awards 2022, honouring the achievements of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers from across the length and breadth of the UK.
The awards will be held on the 16th February 2022, at the Irish Embassy in London. Nominations are now open and will close on the 3rd January 2022. You can nominate here.
There is so much to praise within Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities – from young Traveller Olivia Herring’s touching #Cakeinyaface challenge, which raised over £31,000 for NHS key workers to Miley Doran, 17, a member of the Irish Traveller community who selflessly saved the lives of a mother and child when he put his own safety at risk to rescue them from a river.
We’re holding these awards to celebrate inspiring and inspirational individuals from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Britain who have made their own special contributions 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 or achievements.
Following on from the success of the FFT Awards 2020, the awards will be judged from six categories, and the winner for each category will be chosen by a panel of community members, FFT 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 Friends, Families and Travellers Awards 2022, Sarah Mann, Director at 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, for another year.
The awards will acknowledge and honour all those who have worked hard to make our world a better place, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.”
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About Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT)
Friends, Families and Travellers is a leading national charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.
Sami McLaren, Senior Communications and Campaigns Officer
Tel: 01273 234 038 Email: [email protected]