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Goodbye from Ben

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By Ben Chastney |  December 13, 2017 |

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As many of you know, I will be leaving GATE at Christmas after over five years as our advocate.  I just want to say thank you to everyone, from the members, to staff, to partners, for making this such a memorable and genuinely enjoyable experience.  It has been at times challenging and the role is demanding but I have always felt supported and appreciated. 

Honorary Doctorate for Leeds GATE CEO

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By Helen Jones |  December 12, 2017 |

It was a big day for Leeds GATE and our CEO Helen Jones on 17th November when she recieved an honorary doctor of laws at the Dundee University winter graduation ceremony.  Having never attended university as a student herself, Helen was quite overwhelmed to recieve the award which was made in recognition of the impact of our work to improve the health and wellbeing of Gypsy and Traveller people.  

During her acceptance speech to a packed Caird Hall Helen made clear that she felt the award recognised not only her own work but that of all the Gypsy and Traveller people who had contributed to the development of Leeds GATE during the past 15 years.  "Though they are not visible today, I am truly standing here on the shoulders of giants", she said.  You can watch the full speech here. Congratulations Helen!

Youth Worker Job Opportunity

By Claire Graham |  November 27, 2017 |

Leeds GATE are delighted to announce that after a successful Children In Need bid we will be recruiting a Youth Coordinator to run a 3 year youth work program. 

Based in Leeds the job will start in January 2018.

The Job Pack with all the information you need is attached to this page.

Please return all application forms by Wednesday 6th December to info@leedsgate.co.uk

Collective punishment - barriers to pubs, post or portaloos

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By Ben Chastney |  October 10, 2017 |

Stories of Gypsies and Travellers being denied services or unequal treatment are too often seen and heard.  One particular theme which cuts across many of these, from pubs to post and portaloos, is the use of collective punishment.  In such cases because of the isolated actions of one or few, many others are denied fair treatment.  It is a particularly problematic strain of the ‘tarnish with the same brush’ syndrome, which in some form always causes unjustified reputational damage to the community.  In these cases though, specific harm and practical problems arise.

Obituary - Eileen Lowther Leeds GATE Honorary President

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By Helen Jones |  September 11, 2017 |

Eileen Teresa Lowther was born into a large family in Ireland in 1953. Her mother was from Ballina, County Mayo, her father from Offaly. The family lived in Donegal until her parents decided to follow their older children to the UK when Eileen was eight, first to Glasgow and then onto Leeds where Eileen stayed for most of her life. Eileen had a happy childhood. In 1975 Eileen married Mandy Lowther and they had six children together.

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