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Negotiated Stopping - something we can all celebrate!!

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By Helen Jones |  August 13, 2012 |

Negotiated Stopping
Young people getting a chance to play on the first negotiated stopping site in Leeds

We’re celebrating hard at Leeds GATE.  After nearly a decade of work, the Negotiated Stopping Agreement which was signed by the City Council and a small group of Leeds based Travellers last Friday; feels like we’ve won a gold medal. Negotiated Stopping is a very simple concept but it requires critical ingredients to work.  Motivation: everyone has got to really want to do it.  Risk: everyone has had to stick their necks out a bit further than usual.  Trust; we have to leave all our histories behind and believe that our partners in this deal want it to work as much as we do.

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‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to incorrect written ascription of Gypsies and Travellers

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By Helen Jones |  August 1, 2012 |

Why Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange is adopting this policy

Boys playing at Sweet StreetPeople receiving emails from Leeds GATE staff will have noticed the following statement in our email signatures:

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GATE welcomes Sabiha Iqbal as Youth Inclusion Officer

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By Helen Jones |  July 4, 2012 |

Sabiha Iqbal, Youth Inclusion Officer at Leeds GATEWe're really excited to welcome Sabiha Iqbal to the GATE team.  Sabiha will be working to ensure that the needs of young people from our Gypsy and Irish Traveller communities are understood and met across all services in Leeds.

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Hierarchical Violence against Gypsies and Travellers

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By Helen Jones |  May 16, 2012 |

A guest blog from a social work student placement at Leeds GATE

“Civilization is based on a clearly define and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.”

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Have you got skills to help us with a research project?

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By Helen Jones |  April 27, 2012 |

Great shot Eilleen laughingLeeds GATE is one of the organisations that have recognised that Gypsies and Irish Travellers have much poorer health outcomes than most other people, including an average life expectancy of 50 years of age. We found out about the life expectancy during a baseline census that we carried out in 2005.  A team of Gypsy and Traveller community researchers used a simple form to gather some very basic data about the families in Leeds.

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