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Leeds GATE is Fifteen!

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By Helen Jones |  September 22, 2018 |

Leeds GATE are celebrating 15 years of our organisation this year and the Exec Board have written this statement to share with all our members, friends and supporters:

Leeds GATE are 15!

Fifteen years ago Gypsy and Irish Traveller people working with colleagues and friends from other communities came together to improve quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers in Leeds. Fifteen years later we are thriving as a community led organisation, delivering high quality services, community development and youth work with Gypsy and Traveller communities in Leeds. Last year we delivered 692 advocacy appointments worked with 125 young people and were instrumental in a new 9 pitch local authority site being built, see our annual report attached.

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Whose history? Communities telling their own stories of activism

By Vanessa Cardui |  February 17, 2016 |


A landmark eviction case, Connors v. United Kingdom, which went to the European Court of Human Rights in 2004 and was an eventual victory for Travellers, attracts the TV cameras

As the new Archives and Heritage person at Leeds GATE, I’ve been spending lots of time digging through the material that will eventually become GATE’s Archive of Gypsy and Traveller history. And I’ve noticed that some of the most interesting items we’ve got are about the struggles for Gypsies’ and Travellers’ rights. There’s photos of Travellers speaking at public events; minutes of 1980s Council meetings debating policy on Gypsies; collections of newspaper cuttings going back to the 60s about Traveller issues; videos of Travellers discussing how they are treated and what needs to change; and lots more. It's all really interesting - and it's important too, and that's why we're asking everyone who knows Leeds GATE to help us collect more of it. Read on to find out why and how!

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