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

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. 

Job Opportunity - Advocate - Mental Health

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By Ellie Rogers |  August 1, 2018 |

Leeds GATE are an award winning community members organisation for Gypsies and Travellers based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Our overall aim is to improve quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers through addressing inequalities in homes, health, education, employment, financial and social inclusion. We run a number of community facing and strategic projects to achieve our aims including advocacy, community development and youth work. This is an exciting opportunity to join our growing advocacy team to work specifically with Gypsy Traveller families to improve mental wellbeing and combat mental distress. 

Annual Report 2017

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By Ellie Rogers |  July 27, 2018 |


We are proud to present our Annual Report for 2017, demonstrating the amazing work, skills and talents of our members and staff.

Our Chair's message is copied here, please download and have a look!