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Health Event in Bradford – Fun and Health go together

By Tove Vrbnakova |  July 21, 2016 |



Thursday just 2 weeks ago saw a second Health Event for Bradford Gypsies and Travellers. There was lot of fun to have and information about local health services to find out. Big thank you to all the community members and GATE staff who helped to organise the event and all the services who carved out time from their busy schedules to get to know and make links with Gypsies and Travellers in Bradford.

Next article: "First thoughts at GATE"

First thoughts at GATE

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By Ben Chastney |  July 15, 2016 |

Hello…. My name is Jo, I am a student Social Worker from the University of Leeds. I have been here for 2 weeks and the time has passed really quickly (time flies when you’re having fun!). I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of members from the community and everyone has been very welcoming and helped me to start to settle in to this placement with ease.

All staff at Leeds GATE are friendly, helpful, very skilled and knowledgeable in the job that they do; nothing is too much for them and they are always willing to answer all of my many questions. I will undoubtedly learn a great deal from this placement and intend to make the most of learning from all of the staff team.

Next article: "Welcome Jo!"

Welcome Jo!

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By Ben Chastney |  July 14, 2016 |

Leeds GATE are pleased to welcome our new student placement Joanne, who joined our team last week.  Jo will mainly be working alongside Ben and Tove carrying out advocacy tasks though will also get involved in other events and projects this summer.  Jo is here for a few months and is looking forward to learning about GATE and supporting the work we do.   Some of you have already met Jo and we hope that everyone can help welcome her to GATE and make sure she has a worthwhile placement. 

Next article: ""Ossiri and the Bala Mengro", new childrens' book by Richard O'Neill and Katherine Quarmby, illustrated by Hannah Tolson, reviewed by Eleanor Lowther"

Tunnels and Bridges - Accessing GP surgeries

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By Ben Chastney |  June 22, 2016 |

Leeds GATE have been toying with a concept to explain access to services and thinking about how different routes to these work or don’t work.  We got thinking about this when doing ‘asset mapping’; looking at what assets our members have and how we might use these.  What becomes clear is that some paths are smooth and clear, such as to x and y, and we can call these roads.  Some of the roads are broken though, such as to health services, and here the tunnels and bridges come in as differing approaches to the problem.

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“What’s this got to do with me?” – A fair question about the EU Referendum

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By Ben Chastney |  June 6, 2016 |

Both here in Leeds and elsewhere, we have seen more members of the community vote and engage with candidates, if only during those election periods.  There is still a large bridge to be crossed though, with too much of a disconnect between political decision making and the ordinary lives of most Gypsies and Travellers.

Next article: "Welcome to Leeds GATE’s new Executive Board from Ben Chastney"

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