Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

Leeds GATE is Fifteen!

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By Helen Jones |  September 22, 2018 |

Leeds GATE are celebrating 15 years of our organisation this year and the Exec Board have written this statement to share with all our members, friends and supporters:

Leeds GATE are 15!

Fifteen years ago Gypsy and Irish Traveller people working with colleagues and friends from other communities came together to improve quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers in Leeds. Fifteen years later we are thriving as a community led organisation, delivering high quality services, community development and youth work with Gypsy and Traveller communities in Leeds. Last year we delivered 692 advocacy appointments worked with 125 young people and were instrumental in a new 9 pitch local authority site being built, see our annual report attached. 

We are a charity registered with the charity commission who work toward four main aims improving accommodation, improving health, increasing access to education, employment and financial inclusion and increasing social inclusion. 

We have been independently assessed by the NCVO quality mark PQASSO and awarded level 2 - the highest award. Last year we also won a national GSK Impact Award - we were selected 1 of 8 organisations out of 400 that applied, this involved an independent and rigorous audit from an external assessor and is something we are all delighted with.

We are very proud of the hard work Gypsy and Traveller people have put into our organisation from the beginning and we would like to take this opportunity to honour the contributions made by those gone before us - their commitment, their bravery and their passion - in particular Eileen Lowther, Kathleen Morrison and Aunt Ada North. 

We are proud to say we have over 700 Gypsy and Traveller members at Leeds GATE, our Exec Board is majority Gypsies and Travellers, our staff team is made up equally of Gypsies and Travellers and non Gypsy/Travelllers. We constantly strive to fulfil our first and foremost value of Leeds GATE belongs to Gypsies and Travellers.

 Here's to another 15 years!

All of our members are invited to our birthday party in November, give us a ring to get your tickets. 

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