This section of the web site contains links to the sources that we have used throughout the website, other sources of information (including contact details and links) and useful tools for your own work.
Throughout this website we make reference to various reports, statistics and websites. Details of these references are as follows:
The Children’s Society
Nearly 9 out of every 10 children and young people from a Gypsy background have suffered racial abuse and nearly two thirds have also been bullied or physically attacked (This is who we are, Children’s Society, 2007)
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (England)
Go to most museums, libraries and schools and nothing about their history and culture is kept or taught. The result is a widespread ignorance about who they are, which sometimes turns to hatred, fear and misunderstanding. In schools, children learn more about the Romans, Vikings or even fairies than they do about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures and what they have contributed to this world. As a result they are misunderstood, feared and loathed (Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month)
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The two groups identified as the most threatening– asylum seekers and Travellers – were the only groups with whom most interviewees had had no contact (Understanding Prejudice 2004)
The Welsh government has a number of resources available dedicated to Romani and Traveller communities in Wales, from the latest policy framework ‘Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers’ to the ‘Travelling to Better Health’ guidelines for local and regional authorities and service providers. The assessment of Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs, (GTAA), carried out by local authorities under duties that stem from the Housing (Wales) Act, 2014, can be found here and here. Guidance for local authorities and communities, on the design and management of Gypsy and Traveller sites is also available from the Welsh government web-site (https://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/communities/communitycohesion/gypsytravellers/sites/?lang=en).
The previous framework for Action, for Wales, ‘Travelling to a Better Future’ (2011) was revised following a consultation process (https://gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/previous-administration/2016/romaconsultation/?lang=en) regarding specific proposals to support migrant east European Roma in Wales, as related to Gypsy and Traveller policy.
“Since we published Travelling to a Better Future in 2011, we have driven forward a greater focus on Gypsy and Traveller site provision, reflecting an understanding that many of the other issues experienced by Gypsy and Traveller communities arise from, or are exacerbated by, the lack of access to appropriate accommodation.
The Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers plan is aligned with the Welsh Government National Strategy ‘Prosperity for All’ and focuses mainly on devolved issues which Welsh Government can influence. It outlines the breadth of work which the Welsh Government is undertaking to ensure inequalities experienced by these communities are reduced, access to opportunities increased, and relations between these communities and wider society improved.
In particular, it seeks to build upon work undertaken since 2011, not only in the area of accommodation, but also around for example, education, health and community participation. In addition, it introduces commitments in areas such as employment and training as well as building bridges with social services and criminal justice agencies.”
One of the key pieces of legislation in Wales is the ‘Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015)’, which has the potential to have a positive impact on Romani Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales. The Welsh government has committed itself to creating a future with better quality of life for all communities in Wales, including Romani and Traveller communities.
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Daniel Baker – Gypsy Artist
Web site: www.danielbaker.net
Daniel Baker is an artist, curator and researcher. A Romani Gypsy, born in Kent, he holds a PhD on the subject of Roma aesthetics from the Royal College of Art, London. Baker acted as exhibitor and adviser to the first and second Roma Pavilions; “Paradise Lost” and “Call the Witness” at the 52nd and 54th Venice Biennales respectively. Baker’s art and writing examines the role of art in the enactment of social agency. His work can be found in collections across Europe, America, and Asia. Baker currently lives and works in London.
European Roma Information Office
Avenue Edouard Lacomblé 17,
Tel:+32 (2) 733 34 62
Fax:+32 (2) 733 38 75
Web site: www.erionet.eu
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) is an international advocacy organisation that promotes political and public discussion on Roma issues by providing factual and in-depth information on a range of policy issues to European Union institutions, Roma civil organisations, governmental authorities and intergovernmental bodies.
The European Roma Policy Coalition
European Roma Rights Centre
Madách tér 4
Tel: +36 1 413 2200
Fax: +36 1 413 2201
Web site: www.romapolicy.eu
The European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) is an informal gathering of non-governmental organisations operating at EU level on issues of human rights, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, social inclusion, and Roma and Travellers’ rights. The ERPC is committed to the principle of inclusion through participation and aims to promote the participation of Roma in all relevant processes.
The Coalition recommends the adoption of an EU Framework Strategy on Roma Inclusion, to promote and strengthen EU and national action aimed at the social inclusion of Roma in Europe. The EU Framework Strategy should be built on three pillars: equal access to education, health services, housing and employment; accountability of the authorities in their actions to protect the rights of the Roma community (i.e. legislation, policies); and empowerment of Roma community—through ensuring full participation and responsibility for the effective implementation of measures taken by the European Union and the Member States.
Equality is a charity that works to uphold and secure the rights of the Roma ethnic minority group who migrated to Great Britain and Northern Ireland from Eastern European countries. Roma are regarded as the most vulnerable and deprived ethnic group within Europe. Equality supports Roma individuals and communities to resolve employment, housing, education, healthcare and social welfare issues through research, dialogue and engagement with local authorities, service providers, central government and others.
Web site: www.equality.uk.com
113 Queens Road
E. Sussex, BN1 3XG
Tel: 01273 234 777
Web site: www.gypsy-traveller.org
The overall objective of the organisation is to work towards a more equitable society where everyone has the right to travel and to stop without constant fear of persecution because of their lifestyle. Consequently, FFT does not restrict it’s services to one particular group nor does it represent one group against another, but rather responds to the needs of the community as a whole.
The fate of the European Roma and Sinti during the Holocaust
An estimated 500,000 European Roma and Sinti were murdered during the Holocaust – victims of racist persecution by the German Nazis and their fascist allies. But this genocide is still largely unknown. Roma and Sinti were murdered in extermination camps and died of hunger and disease in forced labour and concentration camps. Many more were deported and exploited as forced labour on farms, construction sites and in industry. For decades after the war the survivors were not recognised as victims of the Nazi persecution and received little or no compensation or restitution for their lost property. This site provides basic information on the genocide of European Roma and Sinti for teachers and students.
Web site: www.romasintigenocide.eu/en
GIVING MEMORY A FUTURE
The Sinti and Roma in Italy and around the World
In 2012, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and the Centro di ricerca sulle relazioni interculturali dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Center for Research on Intercultural Relations at the Sacred Heart Catholic University) in Milan, Italy, developed Giving Memory a Future: The Holocaust and the Rights of Roma in Contemporary Europe—a multimedia educational resource with information about Sinti and Roma in Europe. The main goal of the project is to provide information and resources to political decision makers and educational policy makers, in order to facilitate better understanding of the Sinti and Roma culture and history, develop new strategies of addressing discrimination against Sinti and Roma, and promote peaceful coexistence in Europe. To support this goal, the project pursues the following objectives:
. Produce a multimedia resource incorporating audiovisual, documentary, legislative, scholarly, and mass media information related to Sinti and Roma rights and anti-Sinti and Roma discrimination;
. Inform target groups (political decision makers and educational policy makers) about the historical mechanisms that led to discrimination, exclusion, and persecution of the Roma in the twentieth century through a progressive erosion of their rights;
. Demonstrate the continuity and the mechanisms driving exclusion/persecution of Sinti and Roma throughout history and contemporary Europe.
Web site: www.sfi.usc.edu/education/roma-sinti/en/
The Gordon Boswell Romany Museum
Tel: 01775 710599
Web site: www.boswell-romany-museum.com
The Gordon Boswell Romany Museum is located at Clay Lake near the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire, just off the A16. It is a unique experience for everyone with a large covered facility housing the UK’s finest collection of Romany vardos (Gypsy caravans), carts and harnesses. Visitors are greeted with a slide show and a talk about the Romany way of life and then allowed to roam freely around the vardos and realia.
Web site: www.gypsymusic.co.uk
A community project organised by the London Gypsy Orchestra in collaboration with the Czureja Gypsy family, and funded by Grassroots Grants.
Trowbridge Community Centre
Tel: 02920 214411
Web site: www.cgtp.co.uk
Gypsies and Travellers Wales (formerly Cardiff Gypsy & Traveller Project) was founded in 1981, and is a charitable company with a small staff managed by voluntary trustees.
We have worked primarily in Cardiff but also in surrounding local authorities. We are hoping to expand our work more widely across Wales.
Gypsies and Travellers Wales aims to support Gypsies and Travellers to improve access to suitable accommodation, public services and employment skills.
We are committed to supporting Gypsies and Travellers to voice their needs and concerns, and to encouraging policies and practices which meet these needs.
University of Liverpool
Tel: 0151 794 2696
Gypsy Lore Society Collections The historical archive and library collections of the Gypsy Lore Society, mostly mid 19th to mid 20th century.
The GRTPA is a support Network for Police Personnel who are from a GRT background. We are a national organisation but our reach is international as we aim to link in with our Police colleagues from around the world.
The GRTPA’s main aim is to unite and support all Police Officers and Staff who are from GRT background . We will do this by promoting equality and fairness and by providing a support forum where members can share and discuss the issues which affect their working life.
Intrinsically linked to our main aim is the desire to foster good relationships between the Police and GRT Communities. We aim to do this by facilitating discussion, negotiation and co –operation between UK Police Forces, GRT communities and organisations. In doing so, we will establish a platform for sharing good practice in working with GRT Communities.
Web site: www.grtpa.com
A voice for Gypsies and Travellers in Dorset
Web site: www.kushtibok.co.uk
Kushti Bok means good luck in Romany. We chose the name to reflect our objectives to support and encourage people within our communities to overcome discrimination, isolation and stigma. We are a group representing both Gypsy and New Traveller communities which together form the largest single minority group in Dorset. Some of our families have been established in Dorset for over 500 years.
We act as a link between our communities and a range of local and national agencies. For example the Police, NHS, councils and education.
We work with many organisations to raise awareness of the needs of our communities and to overcome discrimination and barriers.
A main part of our aim is to assist Gypsies and Travellers to the education network. This may have been missed out on it through prejudice. Achieving qualifications can help create or improve existing businesses.
Web site: www.kbmorgan.co.uk
Web site: www.thedecorativepainter.co.uk
Traditional decorative painter, Illustrator and Restorer
I paint waggons , carts, fairground rides and showfronts.
Specialist paint finishes – gilding, marbling and wood graining.
Illustrations in colour and Black and white for books and cards.
Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange
Crown Point House
167-169 Cross Green Lane
Web site: www.leedsgate.co.uk
Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE) is a community members association for Gypsies and Travellers who live in, or resort to, Leeds.
London Gypsy & Traveller Unit
6, Westgate Street,
London E8 3RN
Web site: www.lgtu.org.uk
The London Gypsy & Traveller Unit, Charity No. 1072111, Company No. 3585698
The London Gypsy and Traveller Unit supports Travellers and Gypsies living in London: to influence decisions affecting their lives; to improve their quality of life and the opportunities available to them and to challenge the discrimination they routinely experience. In partnership with the Traveller community, LGTU uses this detailed experience to contribute to the development of local, regional and national policy.
Tel: 01622 221846
Mobile: 07831 804129
Web site: www.nagto.co.uk
National association of Gypsy Travellers Officers set up to allow officers to share info, compare best practice and improve standards of service.
1-3 Ladygrove Mill
Lady Grove Road
Tel: 01629 732744
Web site: www.nationalgypsytravellerfederation.org
The Aims of the Federation are:
1. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with Gypsy and Traveller groups who are socially excluded and to relieve the needs of such people to assist them to integrate into society, in particular by:-
Providing a network group that encourages and enables members of the Gypsy and Traveller community to participate more effectively with the wider community.
Increasing, or co-ordinating, opportunities for members of the Gypsy and Traveller community to engage with service providers, to enable those providers to adapt services to better meet the needs of that community.
2. To educate the public, for the benefit of the public, in the culture, life and traditions of the Gypsy and Traveller community.
The federation aims to share good practice and encourages groups to work together.
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Web site: www.opensocietyfoundations.org
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.
Derbyshire Gypsy Liasion Group
Unit 3, Molyneux Business Park
Whitworth Road, Darley Dale
Tel: 01629 732744
Web site: www.patrin.org.uk
This website has evolved from a project examining the heritage and cultural traditions of Gypsies and Travellers living in the East Midlands.
46 North Great Charles Street
Phone: +353 (01) 8780255
Fax: +353(01) 8742626
Web site: www.paveepoint.ie
Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre was founded as the Dublin Travellers and Education Development Group in 1985 at a time of significant struggle for the Traveller population.
Pavee Point works in many specific areas, including Drug and Alcohol addiction,Youth Work, Education, Information, Violence Against Women and Health. Pavee Point also runs a dedicated Roma programme, focusing on the rights of the Roma population in Ireland.
The organisation is made up of Roma, Travellers and members of the majority population working together for the realisation of human rights for minority groups.
188 Alfreton Road
Tel: 01773 812 202
Web site: www.robertdawson.co.uk
On this site you will find many unique Gypsy books, cards, educational material and a lot more. I’m a writer and member of various Romany and Traveller societies and some years ago was honoured at a Pride Not Prejudice conference with a lifetime achievement award. I first became involved in the 1950s.
Roma Community Care (RCC) is aiming to:
Produce an active and functional Advocacy group that is supported in its efforts to improve the lives of Roma and Eastern Europeans in Derby.
Produce and maintain a website that is aimed at signposting information sharing, and awareness raising around Roma and Eastern Europeans living in Derby.
Train, develop and support Community Champions who will work within the local community to help improve the lives of Roma and Eastern Europeans.
Work with, challenge and improve connections, policies and procedures with other agencies who are involved in working with Roma and Eastern Europeans.
Web site: www.romacommunitycare.org
P.O. Box 23610
Tel: 020 7511 8245
Web site: www.romasupportgroup.org.uk
The Roma Support Group is a Roma-led Registered Charity (Charity No: 1103782) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company Registration Number 4645981) working with East European Roma refugees and migrants
Romany Wales Project
ValleyStream Cultural Media
Plas y Graig, Iolyn Park
Wales’ first archival and interactive research project about the historic Romani tribes of Wales.
A non-political non-profit making self help group. Member of the Federation of Family History Societies.
Web site: www.rtfhs.org.uk
2 Regent Street
Tel: 07747 705716
Web site: www.romanytheatrecompany.com
We are the Romany Theatre Company (RTC). We were founded in 2002 by Dan Allum. We aim to create rich, powerful, and inspirational drama, be it for theatre, television, or radio. Our work is rooted in the culture and experiences of Romany people and focuses strongly on their struggle for equality and challenges negative opinions of them and the lives that they lead.
Promoting equality in education for Travelling communities in Scotland
STEP is a national Knowledge, Exchange and Information centre, funded by Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate, Support for Learning Division.
It is located in the Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership at The Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh.
The Moray House School of Education
The University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Tel:0131 651 6444
Web site: www.step.education.ed.ac.uk
Tros Gynnal Plant
Gold Tops House
Tel: 01633 509 544
Web site: www.travellingahead.org.uk
The Resource Centre
356 Holloway Road
Tel: 020 7607 2002
Web site: www.irishtraveller.org.uk
The Traveller Movement is a national second tier community development charity working to raise the capacity and social inclusion of the Irish Traveller community in Britain.
Ty Loveden House
26 Bridge Street
Email: 07786 466 107
The Travellers’ School Charitable trust exists to support Travellers and their children to access OPPORTUNITY, FREEDOM and CHOICE through education.
The charity started in 1988 due to an increased need amongst Traveller children for educational support independent of mainstream education. It continues today providing support, resources and projects. If you want to get involved in any of the following ways, please get in touch.
* Attend meetings, and become an Advisor/Trustee.
* Donate pens, pencils, books, toys, games, computers, alternative technology power-supplies, etc.
* Help with Project Funding: touring sites during winter-times, and on-site teaching.
* Organise a fundraising benefit, cafe, gig, jumble sale.
T1 Champions Yard
Tel./fax: 01736 366 940
Web site: www.travellerspace-cornwall.org
TravellerSpace is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee supporting Gypsies, Irish Travellers and New Travellers in Cornwall and the South West to access the services and opportunities available to the wider community and to have a voice in decision and policy making processes.
The Community Law Partnership
4th Floor, Ruskin Chambers
191 Corporation Street
Tel: 0121 685 8677
Fax: 0121 236 5121
Web site: www.communitylawpartnership.co.uk
The Travellers Advice Team (TAT) at CLP provides advice, assistance and representation to Gypsies and Travellers throughout England and Wales in the following areas:
Matters involving rented sites
Other related matters
Cases involving boat-dwellers
The Rural Media Company
25 West Street
Tel: 01432 344 039
Web site: www.travellerstimes.org.uk
Travellers’ Times is the national bi-annual magazine and website for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. TT publishesthe latest news, pictures, video, opinion, opportunities, as well as archive and resources. TT also offers media training through its digital storytelling workshops and academy programme.
Nestors Business Complex
Web site: www.involve.ie
Since its first edition in 1991, Voice of the Traveller has become the only magazine in Ireland specifically dedicated to profiling Traveller life today.
The magazine is published 5 times a year..
20 Falsgrave Crescent
Tel: 01904 630526
Web site: www.yorktravellerstrust.wordpress.com
York Travellers Trust is a local charity based in York providing advice and support to members of the Gypsy and Traveller community from the surrounding area. It works closely with the community to meet their needs (with a number of staff who are Travellers themselves), and provide a wide range of services, from education and benefits advice to coffee mornings and keep fit.
The Romani Cultural and Arts Company is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites