National Emergencies Trust partners with Friends, Families and Travellers

Friends, Families and Travellers, a charity supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the UK, has become the newest member of the National Emergencies Trust’s National Charitable Partners programme, which aims to ensure that when domestic disasters arise, no-one is left behind.

The new partnership will ensure that the National Emergencies Trust has the best insight into, and can offer highly specialised support to, survivors from Traveller communities and their loved ones, in the event of a UK emergency.

During domestic disasters, that support could range from the provision of a national helpline service through to onward grant-making to local charities and individuals affected where the need arises.

Friends, Families and Travellers joins the Trust’s other National Charitable Partners including British Red Cross, Cruse Bereavement Support, Mind and Victim Support. Where needs cannot be met at a local level during disasters, the Partners can act fast to ensure that survivors receive the very best care.

Sarah Mann, Director of Friends, Families and Travellers said:

“We’re proud to have joined the National Emergencies Trust’s National Charitable Partners programme.

Through this nation-wide initiative, we’ll be able to help ensure the UK’s Gypsy and Traveller communities can access the support that is needed, at times of national emergencies.”

Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust, said:

“One of the key tenets of our work at the National Emergencies Trust is to make friends before we need them, so we’re delighted to welcome Friends, Families and Travellers as a National Charitable Partner.

Their insight and expertise will help us to grow as an organisation and will ensure that we do the best by all future emergency survivors.”

The Trust’s National Charitable Partners programme will broaden its membership in the coming year. It will continue to learn from participants to ensure the programme is as accessible as possible to organisations that can make a difference to survivors’ lives. It complements the Trust’s partnership with UKCF and its network of 47 community foundations, which provides urgent support at a local level during emergencies.

To find out more about the programme visit:


For more information call Louise Vaughan (07779 220487) or Anneka Bhardwaj (07599 439768) at National Emergencies Trust, or email [email protected].

Notes to Editors

About the National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust is a charity set up to raise funds from the general public in the event of UK disasters such as floods, acts of terror and major accidents. When a disaster occurs, the National Emergencies Trust collaborates with charities and other bodies to raise and distribute money to support those affected. It’s most recent appeal, the Coronavirus Appeal raised £100 million for those affected by the pandemic.

Visit to find out more.

About Friends, Families and Travellers

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) is a leading national charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life. FFT support individuals and families with the issues that matter most to them, at the same time as working to transform systems and institutions to address the root causes of inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. You can find out more by going to, or @GypsyTravellers.

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