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How important is trust between Gypsies, Travellers and Roma people and health services?

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By Helen Jones |  February 20, 2017 |

These are important questions that a team of researchers from Dundee and York universities and Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (Leeds GATE) are investigating. It is well known that Gypsies and Travellers have poor health compared to other groups in the UK. We also know that they use health services less (or later on a health journey when things are more acute).

Dr Alison McFadden, Senior Research Fellow, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee tells us about an important new piece of research.

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Our new conversation about Gypsy and Traveller encampments is picking up speed!

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By Helen Jones |  November 20, 2016 |

A review of newspaper headlines over several decades indicates strong public interest in Gypsy and Traveller encampments, but very little variation, if any, in the public narratives on the issue.  Every single year for decades there has been at least one parliamentary debate and a plethora of written parliamentary questions.  All saying exactly the same things!

Perhaps this lack of progress is not really surprising.  After all, the whole point about camps is that they are transitory.  The camp moves, everyone calms down and some other local issue takes centre stage.  We usually see a little flurry at election time but apart from that no single residents group, or MP or ward councillor maintains their interest for long.

But change can happen, we have seen that in Leeds alone where the cost savings from our new ‘negotiated stopping’ approach have been really significant, especially at a time when surely every authority would rather be keeping care homes or libraries open than throwing cash at a never ending merry-go-around.

Next article: "Molly's Adventures with Travellers - Learning Lessons?"

Gypsies and Travellers and memory loss - new guide to be launched soon

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By Helen Jones |  January 26, 2016 |

For some time now Leeds Gypsy and Traveller families have been working with friends and colleagues from the Irish in Britain Cuimhne (Irish Memory Loss Alliance) to produce a good practice guide for service providers  and commissioners to raise awareness and improve services  for Gypsies and Travellers experiencing memory loss (Alzheimers and dementia).

Next article: "Recording history – Exciting times at GATE "

Negotiation is better than litigation for Gypsy/Traveller camps

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By Ben Chastney |  August 24, 2015 |

Encampment on Holdback MoorAs was reported this week in the YEP there was a recent encampment down on Holbeck Moor. This has just moved on but I would like to provide a brief response to the article and comment on the wider approach taken towards roadside camps.

Firstly, it is worth reflecting on how long it has been since we have read an article like this. A few years back it was difficult to go many weeks, particularly over summer months, without reports, usually very negative, of another encampment. Put aside debate over the style and tone of such articles, it is a positive that there has been less about ‘problem’ camps in the Leeds area, largely perhaps because there have been fewer deemed ‘newsworthy’.

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