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

New report reveals significant digital exclusion in Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK

A new report released today by Friends Families and Travellers has uncovered high levels of digital exclusion in Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK. The report authors interviewed 50 people from across Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK in July and August 2018 to find out to what extent Gypsies and Travellers experience … Read more

Last updated Sep 19, 2018

Leading race equality and children’s rights organisations call for ministers to honour a reduced fee for children applying for ‘settled’ status

Friends, Families and Travellers has coordinated the sending of two open letters to Ministers asking for them to ensure that the proposed Settled Status application fee for 16-18 year olds matches the price of those under 16. The letters, which have been signed by a number of leading race equality and children’s rights organisations, were … Read more

Last updated Oct 18, 2018

New Dates Released: Crystal’s Vardo Tour for Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

Crystal’s Vardo is a play that examines the impact of being bullied at school on a young Gypsy girl’s life. It also explores the rich history and culture of Gypsies and Travellers to raise awareness and improve understanding of the Travelling community. ‘What a powerful aid to understanding the rich heritage of Gypsy, Roma and … Read more

Last updated Jun 1, 2018

Friends Families and Travellers appointed as Secretariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed as Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. The APPG provides a forum for parliamentarians concerned about issues facing Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities and seeks to address these issues and challenge inequalities. The APPG has two very active co-chairs; … Read more

Last updated May 4, 2018

United Nations special rapporteur meets with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Civil Society to discuss racism and intolerance

Today, Tuesday 1st May, members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) Civil Society will meet with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The meeting with the rapporteur was called in response to a submission to the United Nations by Friends, Families and Travellers and the … Read more

Last updated May 4, 2018

On World Health Day, FFT asks the government to commit to reducing health inequalities experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Today, with the World Health Organization, we celebrate the 70th annual World Health Day. This year the theme is Universal Healthcare Coverage. The underpinning principle of this is that healthcare should be available to everyone, without discrimination. Sadly, not all UK citizens have access to the same standards of healthcare. On this day, we wish … Read more

Last updated Apr 7, 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