Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

0113 240 2444

Crown Point House,
167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

GATE are looking for a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

By Claire Graham |  February 4, 2019 |

We just love our Thursday Group that runs every week at Leeds GATE, as numbers are growing demand for the literacy lessons is also growing so we have created a volunteer role to complement the current tutor.

Leeds GATE value our volunteers, a full DBS check will be carried out and travel and lunch expences covered.  

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.

Sleep walking into use of wide injunction orders causes great concern to Gypsies and Travellers across England

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By Helen Jones |  August 23, 2018 |

The ordinary by-passer might have no reason to be aware of the significant growth in 'wide injunction orders' being granted to local authorities, but it is a matter that anyone concerned with human rights should be aware of.  To breach such an injunction whether you were aware of it or not, by camping on land subject to such an order, can be punishable by a fine or even a prison sentence.  Below is a briefing from Chris Johnson of the Travellers Advice Team at Community Law Partnership and Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers.  It makes grim reading.  

Asset Based Community Development... a reflective opportunity.

By Claire Graham |  August 6, 2018 |

Last week I was privileged enough to be invited to a session ran at New Wortley Community Centre by Michelle and Dee from the Jeder Institute.  Dee Brooks, self-termed ‘international nomad’, and Michelle Dunscombe, from Victoria, Australia, travel the globe to teach and discuss ABCD with many a willing participant. 

Catch up with latest good news about Gypsy camps - Leeds GATE and Rural Media launch new Negotiated Stopping Toolkit

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By Helen Jones |  August 3, 2018 |

The UK has, for a long, long time, failed to resolve issues around unauthorised encampment by Gypsy and Traveller people.  Every year the same stories of local shock and anger at the unexpected arrival of groups of caravans circulate, people on all sides are upset and stressed, and only talk of increasing public powers to shift camps on quicker is offered to help local communities manage the situation.

Gypsy and Traveller families are shifted from pillar to post whilst coping with poor health, not being able to access education for the children, and enduring significant hate crime and stereotyping. 

We know that something has to change.