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Collective punishment - barriers to pubs, post or portaloos

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By Ben Chastney |  October 10, 2017 |

Stories of Gypsies and Travellers being denied services or unequal treatment are too often seen and heard.  One particular theme which cuts across many of these, from pubs to post and portaloos, is the use of collective punishment.  In such cases because of the isolated actions of one or few, many others are denied fair treatment.  It is a particularly problematic strain of the ‘tarnish with the same brush’ syndrome, which in some form always causes unjustified reputational damage to the community.  In these cases though, specific harm and practical problems arise.

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Health Advocacy - saves money, changes lives

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By Ellie Rogers |  July 20, 2017 |

We are excited to share this learning from our recent Health Advocacy project. This reflective evaluation follows a formal evaluation and cost benefit analysis submitted to funders (South & East Leeds CCG) at the end of the project.

Previous article: "Short term funding, evaluation and marginalised communities"

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Goodbye from Foz!

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By Ben Chastney |  June 2, 2017 |

My time at GATE has is coming to an end very soon, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this experience remarkable and welcomed me into the organisation. This experience has been amazing as I got to learn about the Gypsy and Traveller culture and through the learning we established how similar my culture was to yours. I will definitely miss the long chat and teas.

Next article: "Human Rights Based Advocacy – Using the laws to get results"

Human Rights Based Advocacy – Using the laws to get results

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By Ben Chastney |  May 11, 2017 |

Human Rights naturally plays a big role in so much at GATE; found both in our values and underplaying what we do in practice.  It is certainly key to advocacy, with the purpose of letting members know what their rights are and how these might best be defended.  What I was reminded of recently by an excellent session from the British Institute of Human Rights, is that we can and should sometimes be more willing to use legal tools to seek redress for wrongs. 

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

“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. 

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