Training

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique – a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller-led organisation that develops the community it serves from the inside-out.

We provide a deep insight into everything ‘GRT’ in a way no other organisation can.

Who should attend this training?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and Showpeople. It would be particularly useful for those who work in planning, housing and accommodation, equality, health, education, social services and the early years.

Why should you attend this training?  

It will assist you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and Showpeople, in your particular area
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and Showpeople
  • Be better able to assess the service needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and Showpeople in Wales

Aims 

To increase awareness about the cultural diversity in Wales, to address issues and needs of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers and others in Wales, to inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to GRT communities and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.

Learning Objectives  

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the needs of GRT communities, from a local authority perspective;
  • To develop a level of knowledge that will enhance and inform local authority officers’ interactions with individuals and groups from the GRT communities in their areas and localities;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the important differences between Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and Showpeople, their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring best practice and improving service delivery;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Romani and Travellers or the negative images of Roma and Showpeople, present in media and popular press.

Outcomes 

By the end the session participants will have: 

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation);
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities (that is, who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the prejudice and discrimination faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Wales and more widely across the UK;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues or barriers in education, health, employment, accommodation, safeguarding and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to GRT communities;
  • Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and what they can do to address exclusion and ensure inclusion in the delivery of services;
  • Developed an Action Plan that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist officers.

RCAC publishes a training programme regularly, which offers a range of sessions to inform and prepare you as you run your group or organisation. To read more about what training is available, visit the RCAC Training page.

Please download the pdf here: Beyond stereotypes: Understanding the ‘Roma’