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

Join us for the launch of an Inclusion Health Audit Tool for VCSE Organisations

On Monday 16th July at 2pm, Friends Families and Travellers and Homeless Link will be hosting a webinar launching an Inclusion Health Audit Tool for VCSE organisations, which we have developed with support from The Mental Health Consortia; FaithAction; Clinks; National Voices; the Valuing People Alliance, with input from The National LGB&T Partnership and Win … Read more

Last updated Jul 2, 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 Jul 17, 2018

New Dates Released: Crystal’s Vardo Tour for Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

Crystal’s Vardo is a play that examines the impact of being bullied at school on a young Gypsy girl’s life. It also explores the rich history and culture of Gypsies and Travellers to raise awareness and improve understanding of the Travelling community. ‘What a powerful aid to understanding the rich heritage of Gypsy, Roma and … Read more

Last updated Jun 1, 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

United Nations special rapporteur meets with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Civil Society to discuss racism and intolerance

Today, Tuesday 1st May, members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) Civil Society will meet with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The meeting with the rapporteur was called in response to a submission to the United Nations by Friends, Families and Travellers and the … 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

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