Who Are We?
Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE) is a community members association for Gypsies and Travellers who live in, or resort to, Leeds.
Gypsies and Irish Travellers are amongst the most deprived and isolated ethnic minority groups in the UK. There is an urgent need to improve consultation and service provision to these communities. We are developing dialogue with service providers and others whose work impacts on our lives. We are working to promote positive understanding and appreciation of our culture, and to share our skills and experiences, among other UK communities. Our workers provide non-patronising information, advice and advocacy support particularly for people with poor literacy. We enable community members to develop projects aimed at overcoming social isolation and exclusion.
Did you know?
- Gypsies and Irish Travellers are recognised Ethnic Minority groups under the Race Relations Act as amended in 2000.
- The average life expectancy for Gypsies and Irish Travellers in Leeds is about 50 years of age, compared ot the settled population of Leeds wich is around 78 years (Leeds Racial Equality Council, 2005).
- It is estimated that 1 square mile of land would be enough to provide all the pitches that are needed in the UK and largely solve the problem of unauthorised encampments (Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2009).