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Councils want to do the right thing – Planning maybe not as bad as feared

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By Ben Chastney |  September 20, 2016 |

Some good news, I think.  I just left a recent conference about Traveller site policy feeling relatively positive.  This is not because the national policy has improved; it hasn’t.  In the past year I and many others have talked about how recent DCLG changes to Traveller site laws will only make a bad situation worse.  That is still the case.  The good news though is that some Local Authorities are taking pragmatic approaches.  These efforts require encouragement and support.

Firstly, engaging with the debate is a positive first sign.  That over thirty Local Authorities were represented at this briefing session suggested there to be an appetite, at least from some within their Council, to seek out help and input on Traveller Site need.  Moreover, the questions asked from many, both during the main session and during the breaks, suggested a genuine desire to respond sensibly to the recent planning changes. 

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Heritage Open Days at GATE

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By Ellie Rogers |  September 1, 2016 |

This year we will again be hosting open days as a part of the heritage open day series. The last few years have been a great success and we have enjoyed welcoming members, friends, visitors and local communitites into our building. Our members and all communities will be helping us to celebrate and explore Gypsy and Traveller heritage.

Activities on the day will include:

Traditional Gypsy and Traveller craft workshops and demonstrations

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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.

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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.

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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.

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