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

Leading charities call on government to put Traveller site provision first in upcoming unauthorised sites review

Today, Friday 13th April 2018, leaders from 25 leading charities joined with Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) in calling on Housing Minister Dominic Raab to address the chronic national shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites and available stopping places in the UK. The letter, penned by FFT Co-Directors Sarah Mann and Zoe Matthews calls on … Read more

Last updated Apr 13, 2018

On World Health Day, FFT asks the government to commit to reducing health inequalities experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Today, with the World Health Organization, we celebrate the 70th annual World Health Day. This year the theme is Universal Healthcare Coverage. The underpinning principle of this is that healthcare should be available to everyone, without discrimination. Sadly, not all UK citizens have access to the same standards of healthcare. On this day, we wish … Read more

Last updated Apr 7, 2018

If there must be a review of powers to tackle unauthorised sites, the focus should be on local authorities’ failure to identify land for Gypsies and Travellers to live on

This morning, Housing Minister Dominic Raab announced that there will be a review of powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites. This follows a series of debates on the topic in October 2017, where a number of parliamentarians called for increased eviction powers. We are highly concerned that the upcoming review and actions will fail … Read more

Last updated Jun 5, 2018

Brighton & Hove City Council use PSPOs against statutorily homeless Gypsies and Travellers in conflict with Home Office guidance

On Monday 19th March 2017, the Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities & Equalities Committee met at Brighton and Hove City Council to discuss the use of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in 12 locations in Brighton. The aim of the meeting was to review the use of PSPOs since their introduction in January 2017, but councillors failed … Read more

Last updated Mar 22, 2018