After months of work with a steering group of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, Friends, Families and Travellers are proud to share that in June 2022 we will be marking Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) with the theme ‘What Makes a Home?’
Every June since 2008, people from across the UK have celebrated Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM). With celebration, education and efforts to raise awareness of the histories and experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, GRTHM helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.
This year our theme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month is ‘What Makes a Home?’
Our theme highlights the diversity of experiences lived by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people throughout history and today
We are asking people across the UK to consider ‘What Makes a Home’ for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and their ancestors. This June we would like you to consider how each of us can better understand and practice being welcoming to local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
This year, the Government will implement new laws, which will criminalise the nomadic way of life. For many Gypsy and Traveller families in England and Ireland, home and nomadism are weaved together. Nomadism, a way of living that is over 500 years old, bonded families and communities together, through travel, celebration, community care and collaboration with settled people. The new laws within the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill threaten to crush the centuries-old, nomadic way of life.
For Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, we are asking organisations to consider whether your services are open and inclusive to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people; local authorities to consider whether your local area has sufficient accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers; and for schools to consider whether Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students will feel at home in your learning environment.
Lucy Hetherington, Senior Communications and Campaigns Officer
Tel: 07425 419853 Email: [email protected]