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By Sharon Hague |  November 4, 2011 |

Launch of Gypsy/Traveller course aimed at the housing sector

Housing e-academy LogoOver the last few months, Leeds GATE have been working closely with the Housing e-Academy to develop an e-learning course that will be marketed to professionals in the housing sector such as housing officers, customer service officers and community liaison officers.

The course is entitled 'Understanding Gypsy & Irish Traveller Identity in Society' and is aimed at workers who may come into daily contact with Gypsies and Irish Travellers through their line of work.  The benefits of the course are that it can be completed online in the learners own time and it is an interactive tool that will ask questions and will test the learners knowledge as they progress through the course. The course cost is £30 and at the end learners will receive a certificate of completion.

Chloe Weatherhead, Head of the Housing e-Academy said 'The Dale Farm story perfectly highlights the tensions between Gypsy and Traveller communities and the rest of the population. This story comes on the back of the TV series 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' which many claim has also enforced negative perceptions about the Gypsy and Traveller culture. The housing sector prides itself on being professional and so it is important we are not using out-dated stereotypes which fail to grasp the big picture and to ensure we are fully aware of the issues facing these communities.'

To find out more about the course or the Housing e-Academy, please take a look on their website or contact a member of the team on 01943 885 085.

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