Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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Negotiated Stopping features in Big Issue in the North

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By Helen Jones |  November 19, 2013 |

With less money available to local authorities for costly evictions and clean up associated with unauthorised and unmanaged encampments, Negotiated Stopping, first pilotted here in Leeds is attracting attention. You can read how the Big Issue in the North has covered the issue here. There will be another opportunity to join us for an expert learning day on how to deliver negotiated stopping in your area on 30th January 2014 in Birmingham.

Climbing the social ladder – how about even being on the ladder?

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By Helen Jones |  November 18, 2013 |

The social ladderAnother week in the news, another discussion about social mobility. Across the political spectrum there is apparent consensus that not enough is being done, that too many people from privilege continue to dominate politics, business, media etc. What the debate often misses is recognition that some disadvantaged groups, such as Gypsies and Travellers, are excluded almost entirely.

Gypsy United join the Football Against Racism in Europe club (FARE)

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By Helen Jones |  October 20, 2013 |

Gypsy United14th October saw a unique event take place in Leeds. Young footballers from our own Gypsy United, and the Shooting Stars team from Holbeck, played the first game of our Football Against Racism in Europe action.  Leeds GATE are one of only 200 groups across Europe lucky enough to receive financial support to use football to promote goodwill and respect between different groups.

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)