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Friends, Families and Travellers celebrate launch of 2020 Annual Report

Today, we have launched our 2020 Annual Report. The report, which can be viewed here, outlines our key activities and achievements over the past year from across our work. Reflecting on the past year, ...
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‘Roadside Futures’ project to improve lives of roadside Gypsies and Travellers across the UK, thanks to National Lottery funding

Today, £2million in National Lottery funding has been awarded to ‘Roadside Futures’ which is a project that aims to improve the quality of life for nomadic Gypsies and Travellers and the communities in which ...
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Sam Worrall: ‘Covid on the Cut: Experiences of a liveaboard boater during lockdown’

Usually around the end of February, things on the canal start to come back to life after winter. Repairs to the infrastructure get completed, the waterways open again and boaters come out of hibernation, ...
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FFT call for police and social media sites to do more to support Gypsies, Roma and Travellers experiencing hate crime

This Saturday 10th October marks the first day of National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Friends, Families and Travellers will be taking part by highlighting the impacts that hate crimes, both in person and online, have ...
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Legal Briefing and Event: Supporting legal action related to COVID-19 and unauthorised encampments

Today, Friends, Families and Travellers released a briefing for advice and support services written by Chris Johnson, solicitor at the Travellers Advice Team of the Community Law Partnership, containing legal advice relating to Gypsies ...
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New resource launched to support health professionals in reducing health inequalities for people living with frailty

Today, we are pleased to share, ‘Reducing Health Inequalities for People Living with Frailty: A resource for commissioners, service providers and health, care and support staff’. We know that populations experiencing inequalities are more ...
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COVID-19: MHCLG and PHE guidance for those leading a nomadic way of life

Background On 17th September 2020 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Public Health England (PHE) released new guidance to people in England living on Traveller sites, in vehicles and on ...
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Police repeat calls for more sites, rejecting Home Office proposals to criminalise trespass

Today, Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) release the findings of an illuminating report which indicates only a small percentage of police bodies are in favour of the Home Office proposals to criminalise unauthorised encampments. ...
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Advocacy organisations and creatives ask for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers to be included in BBC’s Creative Diversity Commitment

On 1st September Friends, Families and Travellers and 26 organisations and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people working in the creative industries wrote to June Sarpong OBE, the Director of Creativity at the BBC calling ...
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