Want to prevent “unauthorised encampments”? Provide enough pitches!

Yesterday morning, there was a debate in Westminster Hall entitled ‘Illegal Gypsy and Traveller Encampments: Bedfordshire’. This debate comes after two other recent debates on this topic, on the 9th October ‘Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities’ and on the 12th October ‘Unauthorised Encampments’ (see our Open letter to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary … Read more

Open letter to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

I heard Monday’s parliamentary debate on Gypsies and Travellers with dismay but not surprise. A few MPs grasped the wider issues intelligently but most used six hours of parliamentary time to moan about the 1% of Gypsies and Travellers who are homeless and daily pushed from place to place. Their solution? “Move them quicker.” Moving … Read more

FFT’s response to the Race Disparity Audit

On 10th October 2017, the government launched its Race Disparity Audit website entitled ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’. The aim of the Race Disparity Audit is to find information about the different experiences of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds in the UK. It gathers data collected by government in one place, making it available … Read more

UK government out-of-step with United Nation’s recommendations on human rights for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Every four and a half years United Nations member states have their human rights records analysed as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. It was the UK Government’s turn in 2017. We submitted a report to the UN highlighting some of the issues Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities face in the UK and … Read more

FFT’s response to the Lammy Review into the treatment of BAME groups in the criminal justice system

On 8th September 2017, David Lammy published the final version of the Lammy Report, a review of the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system. The report examines the disproportionate numbers of BAME individuals in the criminal justice system and develops a number of recommendations … Read more

Annual General Meeting 2017

You are invited to our Annual General Meeting with Tea and Cakes. On Saturday 23rd  September from 2.30pm to 4pm, we would like to welcome all members of Friends, Families and Travellers to our Brighton offices to meet with staff and hear about our activities this year. The meeting will take place in the FFT … Read more

Race Equality Manifesto Launch

On Monday 5th June, we were part of a collection of race equality organisations and individuals who joined together to launch the Race Equality Manifesto. We recognise that Britain is at a crossroads and think that it is crucial that the voices and opinions of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities should be considered as … Read more

Spotlight: St Michael’s Way Homework Club

Find out more about Home Club; an educational project set up by Friends, Families and Travellers in St. Michael’s Way, Brighton. Gold star for after-school club Home Club is an after-school club where children living on the St. Michael’s Way site discover more about school and learn to develop their skills and confidence. Learn and … Read more