Gypsy & Traveller Awareness Training

Date: 25th February 2013 9:30-12:30

Venue: Malpas Court, Newport

£55 per person


Racism is widely recognised as anti-social, at least in most cases. However, there is plenty of evidence, in the everyday lives of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and in academic text, that racism against these people is still perceived as socially acceptable. The following quotes explain why and what affect this has:

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

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…

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, Stonewall, 2004

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Gypsy and Traveller community. It would be particularly useful for those who work in Planning, Housing, Equality, Health, Education and the Community.

Why should you attend?

It will assist you to:

§  Ensure effective engagement with the Gypsy and Traveller community

§  Be confident in your interactions with people from the Gypsy and Traveller community

§  Provide services that address the needs of people from the Gypsy and Traveller community


To increase awareness of the cultural diversity, issues and needs of Gypsy and Travellers in Wales.

Learning Objectives

By the end the session participants will have:

(a)  Increased your knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy and Traveller Community (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation)  

(b)  Developed an understanding of diversity within the Gypsy and Traveller community (that is, who are Gypsy Roma and Travellers?) 

(c)  Increased your awareness of the prejudice and discrimination faced by the Gypsy and Traveller community

(d)  Identified access and attitudinal issues and barriers, in education, health, employment, safety and public services

(e)  Improved your understanding of how to engage effectively with the Gypsy and Traveller community and what you can do to ensure inclusion

(f)   Developed an Action Plan that puts learning into practice

Workshop facilitator: Isaac Blake, Director of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company


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