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Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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Obituary - Mrs Maureen Baker MBE

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By Helen Jones |  February 23, 2012 |

Maureen Baker MBE
Maureen Baker MBE with Kim Moloney (left) and Helen Jones in 2004

I was very sad yesterday to receive a call from Maureen’s daughter, Abigail, to let me know that her mother had died on Saturday last.

The Rumsfeld take on Equalities

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By Helen Jones |  February 19, 2012 |

“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.”

But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.

United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

Leeds GATE chair, Eileen Lowther, and I went to an event at Quarry House in Leeds last week. The Department of Health is introducing a new quality assurance system called the Equality Delivery System (EDS). The event was a ‘train the trainers’ session for professionals who will have to introduce the EDS to their teams or services.

Bigger, Fatter, Gypsier?

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By Helen Jones |  February 12, 2012 |

The channel four My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding programmes have been a seriously narrow and distorted representation of Gypsy and Irish Traveller people. They have created images of Travelling people as rich, crass, and careless. Add to this the Dispatches programme that was aired around the time of the Dale Farm eviction, and the recent ‘Gypsy Blood’ programme that featured two families with a tradition of bear knuckle boxing and we may as well add ‘thugs’ to the list as well.

Leeds GATE's response to proposed injunctions

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By Sharon Hague |  February 9, 2012 |

Readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post will have seen news last week that Councillor Jim McKenna has persuaded the council to use its legal department to pursue a blanket permanent injunction against unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller camps across three large districts of Leeds.

Learning Day at Leeds Town Hall

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By Sharon Hague |  February 9, 2012 |

Better late than never! In November 2011 Leeds GATE held a Learning Day for practitioners and professionals who wanted to learn more about how to engage with Gypsies and Travellers. Please find a short video below capturing highlights of the day.