FFT call on schools to tackle racist bullying against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people

Today, 11th November 2019 marks the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week with the theme ‘Change Starts With Us’. We’ll be taking part by highlighting the racist bullying that many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people face and calling on schools to take a zero tolerance approach to bullying. Coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance in … Read more

Last updated Nov 11, 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

Time for action: Our response to government statement on Women and Equalities Committee report

Two children sitting talking on a Traveller site

Today, the government released their response to a Women and Equalities Committee Report which called for action to address the ‘stark’ inequalities experienced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. In the response, the government confirmed the launch of a new national strategy to tackle these inequalities, committed to improving data collection and to improving processes … 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

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