What we do

We are the only national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background. We provide advice and consultancy, promote health and wellbeing, work on research and policy, deliver training and much more. Find out more about what we do in the sections below.

Our Services

Outreach

We provide community support, health and wellbeing outreach services in Sussex and Surrey.

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Policy

Our policy work influences government to ensure that the needs and interests of Gypsies and Travellers are not overlooked.

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Advice and Information

We provide advocacy casework, advice and information to Gypsies and Travellers on our helpline and in person.

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Youth Outreach

We work to support young people in accessing opportunities to work and further education.

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Training

We provide Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Awareness training to agencies within the voluntary and statutory sectors.

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Theatre

We use theatre to celebrate Gypsy and Traveller culture and history, as well as to tackle discrimination.

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Research

We carry out research, in partnership with academic institutions, to build and promote greater knowledge and understanding of the issues that affect the lives of the travelling communities. If you would like to view the resources we or other organisations have produced, you can visit our Policy and Publications section and search by topic and author.

We are proud to say that in August 2011 we were information-standard-member-logoawarded the Information Standard for health and social care information.

The Information Standard means that all health and social care information we produce for clients is put through rigorous procedures to ensure that it is accurate, impartial, up-to-date, evidence-based, well-written and accessible. The Information Standard gives our health and social care information a seal of approval from the Royal Society for Public Health so clients know they can trust our written information and advice.

We hope to continue developing more easy-read information and advice leaflets to support and advise Gypsies and Travellers in all areas of health and social care.

Friends, Families and Travellers shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information they publish and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility whatsoever for costs losses or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of Friends, Families and Travellers. User-generated information such as Facebook and Twitter posts, weblogs and forums are excluded from the scope of certification.

Capacity Building

We facilitate and mentor local self-support groups to empower individuals, families and communities to fulfil their potential and to take greater control over their own lives. We work to support and build the capacity of other local grass roots Gypsy and Traveller groups and organisations.

Consultancy

We provide advice and consultancy on issues concerning the Gypsy and Traveller communities to agencies. We supply expert witness statements on site provision and other Gypsy and Traveller needs at planning inquiries to assist Gypsies and Travellers to secure their own sites or to influence decisions to evict from unauthorized sites. If you would like to find out more about the services we can offer, visit our Consultancy page.

Information Sharing

We disseminate and share knowledge and information about good practice for working with Gypsies and Travellers to a wide range of inquirers, including students, voluntary and statutory agencies and the media. To access our publications and resources, visit the Policy and Publications section.

Prisons

We support Gypsies and Travellers in prison and carry out casework on their behalf on any issue they contact us about.

We have also supported Gypsy/Traveller groups to meet in several prisons in the South East, where inmates can meet up in a supportive group and talk about their common issues.

Three inmates from HMP Ford open prison recently carried out their Community Voluntary Service Placements at FFT. This was a pioneering idea, suggested by the inmates themselves, and this is the first time that we are aware of inmates carrying out their community service at a Gypsy/Traveller voluntary organisation.

We also have delivered Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Awareness training to staff at a number of prisons.

In January 2014 we held a conference, in conjunction with the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) in London, which looked at Improving Outcomes for Offenders from Gypsy and Traveller Communities.  The report from the conference is downloadable here.

A good practice guide to working with Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in prison has been produced by HMP Ford staff in partnership with Gypsy and Traveller inmates. It can be viewed here.

To access other publications and resources on the topic of Criminal Justice, visit the Policy and Publications section.