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Norma Thompson, Public Health Specialist, talks about her work on our Health Needs Assessment

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By Helen Jones |  August 1, 2013 |

Norma ThompsonHi, I’m Norma and in October last year Leeds GATE asked me to help with the Community Health Needs Assessment. One of the challenges was how to gather together Gypsy and Traveller health experiences whilst keeping closely focussed. The Needs Assessment asked a lot of questions about health and wellbeing, but we recognised that this was not just about health services, but about all the factors that lead to ill health. Education and housing came up over and over, in terms of how they impacted on people’s health, whilst experiences of prejudice and discrimination also had a massive impact on people’s mental health.

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By Ben Chastney |  July 29, 2013 |

Utilities Man ImageToday I was reminded of the barriers of mistrust and fear which many in the Gypsy and Traveller community feel towards many outside agencies and companies, from the Council to the Police.  I think it is important to consider why this challenge is there, what mutual problems this creates for all involved and how ultimately it may be overcome.

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"Tackling Gypsy Camps Head On" – A personal blog by Helen Jones, Leeds GATE CEO

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By Helen Jones |  July 24, 2013 |

Helen JonesI've been called unpleasant names a few times in my life, not always relating to my work at Leeds GATE.   I suppose I have to admit that I might have the sort of personality that attracts opprobrium. I'm pretty good usually at taking it on the chin, at least I think so.

Here’s a little something from one of my regular critics.

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What has co-production got to do with you? Yes, that means You!

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By Helen Jones |  May 22, 2013 |

Improving Gypsy and Traveller health and wellbeing.

Next week our long awaited Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Community Health Needs Assessment (CNHA) will be released.  It has been a long process to reach the release date, not least because issues affecting the health and wellbeing of staff and community members at GATE. We’ll be blogging more about the findings of the CHNA over the next few weeks.

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“Help, I have a Gypsy!” – Treating people differently

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By Helen Jones |  March 28, 2013 |

Don't Panic!
Don't Panic!

All too often it seems, GATE receive a call from various agencies, groups and organisations essentially saying ‘help, I have a Gypsy’.  Often such contact is made with the best of intensions, namely the desire to meet people’s needs and the fear that they are not capable of doing so.  However, the underlying problem is the assumption that Gypsies and Travellers are so very different, that they always need, or indeed want, some form of specialist input or treatment.

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