‘Travelling Ahead’

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‘Travelling Ahead’ is a pioneering new website designed by Save the Children in Wales for young Gypsies and Travellers.

The website – www.travellingahead.org.uk – is the first of its kind in the UK and is part of Save the Children’s Travelling Ahead project. The colourful eye-catching design, fun ways for Gypsies and Travellers to meet others around Wales, and helpful support and advice makes the Travelling Ahead website an important home for young Gypsies and Travellers on the internet. The website is aimed at 11-18 year olds and includes photos, videos, a chat forum, a chance to see what other young people are doing around Wales and information on Gypsy and Traveller rights to help give the community a voice on decisions that affect them. The website also provides a toolkit for professionals, which contains many resources, information on culture, rights and government policies, good practice and contacts to support them in their work with young Gypsies and Travellers.

Sam Janes, 14, who is a member of the Torfaen Save the Children young Gypsies and Travellers forum said:

“Most Gypsies don’t know their rights and this website is a good way of explaining them and giving us advice on where we can go to discuss issues that affect us. The website looks good and I’m looking forward to using it and talking to other young Gypsies and Travellers and sharing photos and news to celebrate our culture.”

Carl Sargeant AM, the Minister for Social Justice, who launched the website said:

“The Travelling Ahead website is a great start for young Gypsy Travellers across Wales to share their ideas and experiences and help them learn more about getting involved in the wider community around them.”

To visit the website go to (www.travellingahead.org.uk)

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