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Getting things done – Self-advocacy and Gypsies & Travellers

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By Ben Chastney |  July 6, 2015 |

Self-advocacy and Gypsies and TravellersGATE helps people to help themselves.  That has always been one of our key values, though often easier to support in theory than apply in practice, particularly in relation to advocacy.  The temptation, or perhaps pressure, is to simply complete the task at hand.  Too often that means both advocate and member alike focus on completion of a single task, at the expense of building up longer term self-advocacy skills.  It is therefore so positive to see many examples recently that this is not always the case.

We have at GATE been seeing a number of instances of members doing things for themselves, with or without our prior support.

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What choice? Elected home education and Gypsy/Travellers

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By Helen Jones |  June 11, 2015 |

Primary School children, including Traveller children, learning about Gypsy and Traveller cultures
Primary School children, including Traveller children, learning about Gypsy and Traveller cultures [Photo GRTAS].

Of the four objectives of Leeds GATE (homes, health, education/economic inclusion & citizenship/social inclusion) education is perhaps the hardest to feel that we are ‘getting a purchase’ on.  There are real concerns about whether Gypsy and Traveller young people are getting an education which will serve them well enough in their futures, and further related concerns about whether our safeguarding net is fit to catch them should they need it.

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Keeping the Human Rights Act – We are all in this together

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By Ben Chastney |  June 5, 2015 |

Human Rights imageAs promised during the recent election, the new Government are pushing ahead with proposals to replace the Human Rights Act.  In the Queen’s Speech last week this intention was formalised, so we can expect to see some concrete proposals over the coming year.  The concern for so many is not only that any proposed replacement ‘British bill of Rights’ unavoidably provides fewer safeguards in practice but the general attitude displayed towards vulnerable people and the likely tone of debate.

For Gypsies and Travellers, the Human Rights Act has in some cases been of clear and specific use.  Indeed some of our members have directly benefitted from it, appealing to key articles regarding a right to privacy of family life to prevent the Local Authority from evicting them unjustly.  The concern is not simply that such rights would long longer be available in future but that it is precisely such cases, misleadingly retold, will be used as a reason why the Act needs to go.

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New faces, new opportunities

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By Ben Chastney |  May 26, 2015 |

New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis
New Leeds City council leader Coun Judith Blake (centre) with deputies Coun Lucinda Yeadon and Coun James Lewis (Photo YEP)

The dust is settling following the recent election and new people are now moving into important roles, both at a local and national level.  Naturally some of these posts are of particular interest to Leeds GATE, namely those portfolios such as related to planning or communities, where their decisions may have a direct impact on the livelihoods of our members.  Decisions are now being made on who many of these people are and we are anxious to start working positively with them. 

GATE’s attitude towards those new in post, as with pretty much any issue, is one of constructive, pragmatic engagement.

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Lee Gap Fair on Film

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By Helen Jones |  March 3, 2015 |

As part of our Lee Gap Heritage project we made this great little film. The film shows images of the 2014 Latter Lee Fair where GATE had a huge marquee with lots of Heritage memorabilia. 

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