Young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people share what they would do if they were Prime Minister for the day

We recently held a competition asking young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people what they would do if they were Prime Minister for a day. We received over 60 excellent submissions from young people across all of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Every entry we received was thoughtful, considered and gave us a glimpse into … Read more

Last updated Feb 9, 2018

FFT Win Silver at Training Journal Awards 2017

On Tuesday 5th December, Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) were awarded a Silver prize at The Training Journal Awards for our E-Learning Online Cultural Awareness Training in the ‘Best-not-for-profit’ category. Over 500 sponsors, guests and finalists attended the ceremony which celebrates and rewards ingenuity, creativity, passion and hard work in workplace learning and development professionals … Read more

Last updated Jan 29, 2018

FFT awarded funding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for Access to Justice Project

We have been awarded a grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission for a short-term project ‘Access to Justice’. Friends, Families & Travellers is working with Citizens Advice Bureau at Chiltern in Buckinghamshire and Ash in Surrey to improve the quantity and quality of advice services for discrimination and human rights issues for Gypsies, … Read more

Last updated Jan 25, 2018

Introducing Betsy Mobey: “Why I’m an activist for Romany Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Rights and you should be too!”

Betsy Mobey joined Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) in June 2017 as an Intern. During her time at FFT, Betsy has been an enthusiastic member of the youth work team, learnt about tackling discrimination at two international gatherings and shared her opinions and views as a young Romany Gypsy at a number of meetings and … Read more

Last updated Jan 15, 2018

Competition: Win two Thorpe Park Annual Passes, Mac Make Up Lesson or a pair of Adidas Boxing Gloves.

Win Two Thorpe Park Annual Passes, a Mac Make Up Lesson or a pair of Adidas Boxing Gloves. We want to hear young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people’s opinions on what they would do if they were Prime Minister for a day. If you’re a young Gypsy, Roma or Traveller person, you can share your … Read more

Last updated Jan 11, 2018

Young Travellers raise over £300 for Brighton Community Night Shelter by carol singing

On Saturday 16th of December, young people from St Michael’s Way Traveller site in Horsdean, East Sussex raised over £300 for Brighton Community Night Shelter by carol singing at Churchill Square. The young people dressed up using the theme, ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ which conveyed to passers-by the fear and difficulty of being homeless over the … Read more

Last updated Jan 15, 2018

New guide launched for advocates supporting Gypsy and Traveller families experiencing intervention from Children’s Services

As part of an ongoing campaign around social care, outreach staff and caseworkers from FFT have created a guide for advocates who are supporting Gypsy and Traveller families experiencing Children’s Services intervention. The guide contains an analysis of difficulties which may be experienced by Gypsy and Traveller families when engaging with Children’s Services and follows … Read more

Last updated Dec 18, 2017

FFT report finds that government is failing to address chronic shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites nationally

Today, Tuesday 12th December, the Advice and Policy team at Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) released a report which shows that government is failing to address a chronic shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites nationally. In recent debates, parliamentarians called for increased eviction powers to deal with unauthorised encampments in their areas, but little attention … Read more

Last updated Dec 13, 2017

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

Last updated Oct 25, 2017