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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"

Got your dog chipped? The rules have changed

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By Ben Chastney |  April 11, 2016 |

As of 6th April, the law has changed and it is now compulsory to have your dog chipped. I don’t think it is for Leeds GATE to speculate as to how likely these new rules will be enforced or even whether we think this is a good or a bad law. What we can do is give you the facts about what the new law says.

So what are the facts?

Next article: "Traveller Education – Great ideas; now the hard part"

Traveller Education – Great ideas; now the hard part

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By Ben Chastney |  March 11, 2016 |

We are pleased to report that our hopes about this week’s Outcomes Accountability session have largely been met.  This discussion, organised jointly by Leeds GATE and Leeds City Council, attempted to start coming up with concrete realisable plans to improve Gypsy and Traveller educational outcomes.  Suffice to say, some great ideas came out of this; the challenge will be to put some of these into practice.  So what priorities came out of this and will they be realised? 

Next article: "A Place To Stay – Negotiated Stopping on film"

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