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Ofcom launch investigation into Channel 4 Show “Dispatches: The Truth About Traveller Crime”

In their latest Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin, Ofcom have announced the launch of an investigation into the Channel 4 Show "Dispatches: The Truth About Traveller Crime". The show, which has received wide criticism ...
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Crystal’s Vardo to be made available online for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) will be making the theatre production of Crystal’s Vardo available online for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) in June 2020. Crystal’s Vardo is a theatre production which ...
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UN to examine UK Government on Gypsy and Traveller Rights

Today, the UN Committee for the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights published their ‘List of Issues’, to which Friends, Families and Travellers and organisations working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities had ...
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We want to hear your feedback on our services and our campaigning work!

Today, we are inviting clients, service users and members of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Boater communities to provide feedback on our work, from how we support you to how we tackle the big questions. ...
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FFT response to Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches: The Truth About Traveller Crime’

On the evening of Thursday 16th April 2020, Channel 4 chose to broadcast a show, ‘Dispatches: The Truth About Traveller Crime’. In response to the broadcast, Sarah Mann, Director of Friends, Families and Travellers said: “It ...
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COVID-19: Efforts to support Gypsies and Travellers in England must go further

On Saturday 11th April 2020, Stephen Greenhalgh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government wrote to local authorities across England highlighting how they can support Gypsies and Travellers during ...
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FFT initial response to Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches: The truth about Traveller crime’

On Thursday 16th April, Channel 4 are due to broadcast a Hardcash production, ‘Dispatches: The truth about Traveller crime’. In advance of the broadcast, Sarah Mann, Director of Friends, Families and Travellers said: “It ...
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Covid-19: FFT raise Government’s lack of support for Travellers with Council of Europe

Today, Friends Families and Travellers wrote to Dunja Mijatovic, Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe to voice concerns about the lack of UK Government support for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers during ...
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COVID-19: Advice for Gypsies and Travellers who are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and what to do if you think you are extremely vulnerable but haven’t received any advice yet from the NHS

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced. Please find an audio recording of ...
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