Police call for more Traveller sites, not the criminalisation of Gypsy and Traveller families

Today, Friends Families and Travellers (FFT) have released a damning report which found that the overwhelming majority of police responses to the Government’s 2018 consultation on unauthorised encampments do not want more eviction powers. Despite this, on the 3rd of November 2019 the Home Secretary announced a fresh consultation on more eviction powers for police. … Read more

Last updated Nov 14, 2019

FFT response to Home Office announcement of consultation on criminalising trespass

Two children sitting talking on a Traveller site

On Sunday 3rd November, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that the government is to begin consulting on making trespass a criminal offence. Friends Families and Travellers response: “We completely oppose the Home Office announcement of a consultation on criminalising trespass. It is clear that the proposals would have a devastating impact on Gypsy and Traveller … Read more

Last updated Nov 5, 2019

Friends Families and Travellers announced as runners up for national ‘Community Health Development Award’

On Thursday 17th October, the winners of the illustrious Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards were announced in a glamorous event at the East Wintergarden in London. Brighton based charity Friends Families and Travellers (FFT) were in attendance and were announced as runners up in the ‘Community Health Development’ Award category … Read more

Last updated Oct 21, 2019

The devil is in the detail: Four tests the national strategy for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma must pass to be a success

Sarah Mann, Director at Friends Families and Travellers In June, the government announced the launch of a national strategy to tackle inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. After years of campaigning for this, we are delighted by the announcement, however, if time has taught us any lessons we know that the devil will … Read more

Last updated Jul 18, 2019

Will the NHS Long Term Plan improve the lives of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities?

Yesterday, Monday 7th January 2018, NHS England published the NHS Long Term Plan. The plan sets out the strategy for the NHS over the next ten years and includes ambitions for the NHS to increase its contribution to tackling some of the most significant causes of ill health, with a particular focus on the communities and groups of people … Read more

Last updated Jan 15, 2019

Roma community to be recognised in the 2021 Census

A report released today by the Cabinet Office revealed that for the first time, the Roma community will be recognised in the 2021 Census. Friends Families and Travellers welcome the announcement and hope to hear news soon that NHS England will include Gypsy, Roma and Traveller ethnicity in their data collection methods. In a press release … Read more

Last updated Dec 14, 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