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

New guide launched for advocates supporting Gypsy and Traveller families experiencing intervention from Children’s Services

As part of an ongoing campaign around social care, outreach staff and caseworkers from FFT have created a guide for advocates who are supporting Gypsy and Traveller families experiencing Children’s Services intervention. The guide contains an analysis of difficulties which may be experienced by Gypsy and Traveller families when engaging with Children’s Services and follows … Read more

Last updated Dec 18, 2017

FFT report finds that government is failing to address chronic shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites nationally

Today, Tuesday 12th December, the Advice and Policy team at Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) released a report which shows that government is failing to address a chronic shortage of Gypsy and Traveller sites nationally. In recent debates, parliamentarians called for increased eviction powers to deal with unauthorised encampments in their areas, but little attention … Read more

Last updated Dec 13, 2017

UK government out-of-step with United Nation’s recommendations on human rights for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Every four and a half years United Nations member states have their human rights records analysed as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. It was the UK Government’s turn in 2017. We submitted a report to the UN highlighting some of the issues Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities face in the UK and … Read more

Last updated Nov 7, 2017

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