Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

NHS Help Cards

By Joanne Birtwhistle |  August 23, 2016 |

It is widely recognised that numeracy and literacy skills can act as a barrier when accessing services and the fear of form filling and electronic sign in sheets if enough to keep people away. West CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) are supporting GATE in bridging the gap between Gypsies and Travellers and Health Services.

The dinner party test – Explicit racism towards Gypsies and Travellers still happens. Why?

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By Ben Chastney |  August 5, 2016 |

Society has, for the most part, made great progress with discriminatory attitudes.  Each generation generally see more open minded and tolerant viewpoints.  Whilst I am more sceptical than most about progress made to address wider inequalities and discrimination there does appear to be a positive picture with respect to language.   Many words which were historically deemed okay in general society are considered acceptable no longer.  Those making racist jokes or comments are increasingly challenged.  There remains a striking exception though; Gypsies and Travellers.

From a Child's Perspective.

By Joanne Birtwhistle |  August 4, 2016 |

On Monday we visited a roadside camp to offer advocacy support, during this visit we met with a number of families, speaking to mums, dads, Grandparents and children. However one thing that stood out to me and has stuck with me all week was the fact that a little girl aged around 7 years old came up to me and asked who I was and where I was from, before I could answer she said: “We are moving this evening anyway, so you don’t need to complain about us.” She then turned away from me.

It upset me that the initial thoughts of a girl of that age were that we were there to complain about her and her family and, that we could only be there for negative reasons. It shocks me that children can hold such negative views of professionals and this reaction is a reflection of the experiences and attitudes that she must have witnessed in the past.

Domestic Abuse Training – Thoughts

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By Ben Chastney |  July 25, 2016 |

Yesterday I attended an excellent training session on domestic abuse put on by the fantastic Leeds Women’s Aid. Both myself and other colleagues at GATE will hopefully have the relevant awareness and skills to better support members suffering, or at risk from, abuse. Leeds GATE are seeking to build up our training as part of achieving best practice accreditation but beyond ticking a box I personally took a lot out of the session yesterday.

Accessing GP's - The Challenges of a Care Of Address

By Joanne Birtwhistle |  July 25, 2016 |

I have just completed a small health project of contacting local GP’s to establish whether or not patients were able to register under a care of (C/O) address. Not being able to register with a GP is something that understandably concerns many of our members and therefore something we wish to support them with. It was frustrating to find that the moment I mentioned a C/O address; some receptionists advised me to ‘send them to a walk in clinic!’

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