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

Scrap licences – a frustrating lottery

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By Ben Chastney |  October 17, 2013 |

Scrap Metal LicencesI feel it is in my job description to get annoyed at government rules and how they affect our members. Rarely have I felt I was meeting my weekly frustration quota than when encountering the new scrap metal laws and related licences. As always, there is a combination of head scratching at the various forms involved and resentment at how the law so disproportionately affects Gypsies and Travellers. 

As easy as ABCD! (Asset Based Community Development)

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By Helen Jones |  October 7, 2013 |

Asset Based Community DevelopmentFlourishing communities are those where everyone has someone to talk to, neighbours look out for each other, people have pride and satisfaction with where they live and feel able to influence decisions about their area. Residents are able to access green and open space, feel safe going out and there are places and opportunities that bring people together. –from A Glass Half Full – How an asset approach can improve community health and wellbeing (I&DEA)

Fun Days at Cottingley

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By Helen Jones |  August 15, 2013 |

Cottingly Fun Day

Cuttingly Fun DayThe news that we were going to 'have another breeze' spread quickly across the site.  Young people were asking staff 'how many days to go now?' for weeks before.  With money donated from Leeds City Council, the Area Committee and with great backing from our local ward Councillors organision got underway.  Many agencies were involved in the planning and we also organised for a big clean up day the day before.

Norma Thompson, Public Health Specialist, talks about her work on our Health Needs Assessment

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By Helen Jones |  August 1, 2013 |

Norma ThompsonHi, I’m Norma and in October last year Leeds GATE asked me to help with the Community Health Needs Assessment. One of the challenges was how to gather together Gypsy and Traveller health experiences whilst keeping closely focussed. The Needs Assessment asked a lot of questions about health and wellbeing, but we recognised that this was not just about health services, but about all the factors that lead to ill health. Education and housing came up over and over, in terms of how they impacted on people’s health, whilst experiences of prejudice and discrimination also had a massive impact on people’s mental health.

Trust me, I’m here to help!

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By Ben Chastney |  July 29, 2013 |

Utilities Man ImageToday I was reminded of the barriers of mistrust and fear which many in the Gypsy and Traveller community feel towards many outside agencies and companies, from the Council to the Police.  I think it is important to consider why this challenge is there, what mutual problems this creates for all involved and how ultimately it may be overcome.

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