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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.

"Tackling Gypsy Camps Head On" – A personal blog by Helen Jones, Leeds GATE CEO

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By Helen Jones |  July 24, 2013 |

Helen JonesI've been called unpleasant names a few times in my life, not always relating to my work at Leeds GATE.   I suppose I have to admit that I might have the sort of personality that attracts opprobrium. I'm pretty good usually at taking it on the chin, at least I think so.

Here’s a little something from one of my regular critics.

One step forward, two steps backward?

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By Helen Jones |  July 24, 2013 |

The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting comments this week from a senior elected member suggesting a return to draconian measures against Gypsies and Travellers living in 'sensitive' areas of Leeds.  Cllr Peter Gruen dismisses suggestions court proceedings may be a waste of money,  “I think it’s money well spent because it sends a message that we are not going to mess about".  Cllr Gruen's statement that “They are no part of Leeds and those are the people you do want to clamp down on.