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Goodbye to Aunt Ada - An obituary from Peter Saunders

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By Helen Jones |  October 14, 2012 |

Aunt Ada North
Aunt Ada North and her friend Mrs Anne Woodham sheltering from the rain under the bridge at Appleby

Ada North, (Born Alma Ada Kindon  29th March 1928)

I first met Ada in 1981, when she and Jack were camping with another few trailers on Gelderd road just down from the site on a bit of old ground. I had just got the job of teacher working with Travellers in Leeds.

Ada was great, welcoming me in for tea and cake and a chance to hear about life on the road, which was brilliant for me as a newcomer. She was an inspiration, then and always, with a great sense of humour and endless stories. She would clearly explain the highs and lows of life on the road, what it had been like for her as a child, as a mother and now as a grandmother, with her children grown up.

Negotiated Stopping - How is it going?

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By Helen Jones |  October 1, 2012 |

You'll remember our excitement a couple of months ago at the beginning of the negotiated stopping trial in Leeds? You might be wondering how things are going?  So here's a quick update.

Negotiated Stopping - something we can all celebrate!!

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By Helen Jones |  August 13, 2012 |

Negotiated Stopping
Young people getting a chance to play on the first negotiated stopping site in Leeds

We’re celebrating hard at Leeds GATE.  After nearly a decade of work, the Negotiated Stopping Agreement which was signed by the City Council and a small group of Leeds based Travellers last Friday; feels like we’ve won a gold medal. Negotiated Stopping is a very simple concept but it requires critical ingredients to work.  Motivation: everyone has got to really want to do it.  Risk: everyone has had to stick their necks out a bit further than usual.  Trust; we have to leave all our histories behind and believe that our partners in this deal want it to work as much as we do.

‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to incorrect written ascription of Gypsies and Travellers

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By Helen Jones |  August 1, 2012 |

Why Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange is adopting this policy

Boys playing at Sweet StreetPeople receiving emails from Leeds GATE staff will have noticed the following statement in our email signatures:

Ministerial Commitments? What Ministerial Commitments?

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By Helen Jones |  July 12, 2012 |

News has come from the Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers which completely undermines the commitments made by the  Ministerial Working Group on Gypsies and Travellers in respect of the education of Gypsy and Traveller children.