‘Tales from the Camps’; History, Ethnicity, Identity and Mobility – An Educational Training Day

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to invite participants 21st May 2018, to a training day at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff offering ‘an insider’s guide to a deeper understanding of the Romani and Traveller communities in Wales’ and to building stronger relationships with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities on the basis of that deeper understanding, for educationalists, policy and strategy-makers, local authority service providers, non-governmental organisations and the Third Sector.

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is uniquely positioned to deliver such understanding and experience, from a Romani and Traveller perspective, as RCAC is a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller led organisation that promotes development within the community it serves, addressing social justice and improving social cohesion between communities. We provide a deeper insight into working with Romani and Traveller communities, in ways that are intended to enhance, strengthen and support delivery of services by your organisation, in ways no other organisation and training can. Meeting your organisation’s commitments to diversity, social inclusion and addressing disadvantaged communities, in particular to meeting the aims and objectives of the Welsh legislative context, such as the Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales)2015, (https://futuregenerations.wales/about-us/future-generations-act/) and complying with the statutory obligations of the “Travelling to a Better Future” A Gypsy and Traveller Framework for Action and Delivery Plan (Update March 2016) are an integral part of the development programme to 2020 in Wales (http://gov.wales/topics/people-and-communities/communities/communitycohesion/gypsytravellers/?lang=en). Our training provides the necessary, deep understanding of the issues and challenges historically facing the Romani and Traveller communities and the current, ever-changing societal context faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Who should attend this training?

This course is essential for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Romani and Traveller communities and for meeting the complex legislative framework that ensures diversity and . It would be particularly useful for those who work in equality, health, education, social services, planning, housing and accommodation and the early years.

Why should you attend this training?

It will support you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Romani and Traveller communities in your local area, whilst improving your knowledge of the complex cultural and historical issues that impact upon the relationships you wish to build, to improve service delivery;
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the service needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales


  • To increase awareness about the cultural, ethnic and historical diversity in Wales;
  • to address the issues, obstacles faced by and the needs of Romani and Travellers in Wales;
  • to encourage innovation and improvement in the delivery of services and provision to Romani and Traveller communities, and
  • to build trust and cooperation between Romani and Traveller communities and local authority and other sector 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 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 Gypsies and Travellers or the negative images of Roma, present in media and popular press.



By the end the session participants will have:

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


There will only be 50 places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £145 per participant, if you book before the Friday 11th May and £160 per participant if you book between Monday 14th May and Friday 18th May 2018.


Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.


The venue will be in Chapter Arts, Market Road, Canton Cardiff, CF5 1QE on Monday 21st May 2018.
The day will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:30, with refreshments included for the workshop participants.

Please email for a booking form to: isaacblake@romaniarts.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you,

Isaac Blake, Director
The Romani Cultural and Arts Company
Temple Court
13a Cathedral Road
CF11 9HA

Tel: 02920 786 439

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