Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

0113 240 2444

Crown Point House,
167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

“We are voters too” – Reminding candidates of their electorate and Operation Traveller Vote

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By Ben Chastney |  May 2, 2017 |

Another year another election it seems.  Whilst we can all sigh and become a little weary, our members usually have more reason than most to be pessimistic each time the ballot box comes round.  Firstly it is usually another occasion to be reminded just how ignored their voices are, that politicians are not seeking their support or offering anything for this.  Rather, our members usually only find elections to be something that happens to them, with any policies about Gypsies and Travellers for the audience of others and therefore consistently hostile in tone and content. 

Disability benefits only ‘for the really disabled’? A collaborative response

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By Ben Chastney |  March 3, 2017 |

I am sure I am not the only one who read the recent comments of Theresa May’s advisor about disability benefits with concern, sadness and frustration.  Most notable was the suggestion that anxiety and related mental health illnesses were perhaps not as serious as certain physical disabilities and perhaps did not merit financial support.  The question is how best to respond.

3 week placement opportunity for someone aged between 15-19

By Teresa Birtle |  March 2, 2017 |

Are you bored of sitting at home and would love to get some work experience? Well this could be your lucky day, Leeds GATE is offering a 3 week placement to a young person. You can choose the area you are most interested and would like to work in, and the experience gained will suport you to get a job and look fantastic on your C.V. If you are aged between 15-19 and interested in this opportunity please give us a call at the office on 01332402444 and ask to speak to Teresa or Sharon.

Welcome Foz!

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By Ben Chastney |  February 24, 2017 |

Leeds GATE would like to give a big welcome to Fozia who has just started with us at Leeds GATE.  Foz is a social work student currently in her second year of university and will be on placement with GATE until early June. Her role within Leeds GATE will be to shadow the advocacy team in her early days and once she has settled in she will be providing advocacy services alongside the team.

Tackling inequalities the right way? Solving the right problems

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By Ben Chastney |  February 24, 2017 |

Leeds GATE and many other organisations recently dashed to submit responses to a ministerial working group looking at Gypsy and Traveller inequality.  You can see our final submission here.   The study was undertaken by the Women and Equalities Commission, established to ‘hold to account’ the Government Equalities Office.  This particular working group was touted in Europe by our Government as key to the Roma Integration Strategy.  As our submissions now start to be published it is timely to question its effectiveness; in particular, are we solving the right problems?