Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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Are we ready for Universal Credit?

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By Ben Chastney |  March 8, 2013 |

Ben ChastneyBen Chastney, Advocacy Worker at Leeds GATE, has some thoughts about the new Universal Credit and other welfare changes

As we are all now hearing, there are going to be some big changes to benefits over the next year or so.  Sadly it is not straightforward situation, with different benefits changing in different ways at different times. To get our heads around this and to increase awareness of the likely impact of such proposed changes for Gypsies and Travellers, Leeds GATE and ITMB have held roundtable discussions, including, amongst many others, the Department of Work and Pensions and Council Benefits Service.

Leeds GATE celebrates ten years!

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By Helen Jones |  February 28, 2013 |

Mary Kate at ChristmasLeeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange will be ten years old this year. That’s ten years of talking, thinking, planning and reflecting, form filling, meeting and greeting, worrying, and sometimes flat out crying.

Twitter? Can it make a difference to Gypsy/Traveller health and wellbeing outcomes?

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By Helen Jones |  February 22, 2013 |

Claire tackles Twitter
Claire Graham from GATE trying to get her head around Twitter!

What? What is Twitter?

Lots of Gypsies and Travellers that we know are using facebook now.  It makes a positive change that the technology, and increasing use of 'text speak', is enabling young Travelling people to keep up with the fast paced world of social media that we find ourselves living in.

Reflections from Helen Jones on the meaning of 'improving accommodation'

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By Helen Jones |  February 1, 2013 |

Helen Jones ReflectsThe wording of Leeds GATE objective of ‘improving accommodation’ is a bit problematic.  If we were working with people who wanted to live in houses, we could speak of “improving housing” and anticipate that people would know what we were talking about.  If we want to estimate the effectiveness of our work to improve accommodation we need to clarify exactly what we are aiming at.  So a quick resort to the internet for assistance is in order.

What did you do at work today?!!

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By Helen Jones |  December 18, 2012 |

Survival skillsOn a cold November morning nine  GATE young people and three even more excited staff set off to Herd Farm. John, our guide took us to a thick forest to see if we would survive the day on our wits alone!

We learnt how to light a fire using only flint and things we could find around us. We designed traps and built dens and we cooked our dinner on an open fire. A really great day everyone enjoyed it. Thanks to the Youth Service for supporting us.

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