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Gypsies, Travellers, Police and Councils to talk Unauthorised Encampment.

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By Helen Jones |  February 3, 2016 |

A Roadside CampRoadside unauthorised encampment by Gypsy and Traveller families is a thorny issue on all sides of the debate.  Gypsy and Traveller families speak of being harassed by continual eviction and loss of their human rights, whilst politicians and media issue soundbites in defence of local communities reportedly invaded by anti-social strangers. Meanwhile the standard ‘zero tolerance’ approach to encampment continues to bite into local budgets without hope of a solution in sight.

On 25th February 2016 an important conference - Reducing cost and conflict around unauthorised Traveller encampments – challenges and opportunities, will take place at the Resource for London centre on Holloway Road. 

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“Opinionated Molly”!

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By Helen Jones |  November 16, 2015 |

Elisha Buxton, Leeds GATE Work Placement, reviews Ben Chastney's illustrated stories

I thought Ben's stories was really good, they was put into ways where it explained what happens in Gypsy/Travellers lives and put into away that everyone could understand. The photos that Peter Hudspith had designed for Bens stories were very comic and draw attention to them, they would help the Gypsy/Travellers to look at the pictures to help them if they can’t read. I also think that the pictures fit the story by showing what is happening in the stories and some of them also show expressions and reactions on the characters faces. The pictures are of modern Traveller homes which shows the pictures are chosen very carefully and cleverly.

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Dementia in Gypsy and Traveller communities

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By Helen Jones |  September 7, 2015 |

Dr. Mary Tilki working with Leeds GATE
Dr. Mary Tilki is working with Leeds GATE raising awareness and understanding of dementia

By Dr Mary Tilki

Although dementia is generally understood as an older age-related condition, and, Gypsies and Travellers generally have a very low life expectancy, there is growing evidence of dementia in these communities.  Gypsies and Travellers (referred to here as Travellers for brevity) are known to experience extremely poor health. The nature of these illnesses such as cardio-vascular disease, depression and anxiety has the potential to increase the risk of dementia.  Social factors related to the living conditions and experience of travelling people add to these risks and make it more difficult for people with memory loss to cope with the condition.  Similarly these matters impact on the ability of family and community to cope, although their willingness to do so is strong.

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Minister Brandon Lewis to force Gypsy/Traveller families to ‘travel permanently’

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By Helen Jones |  August 31, 2015 |

Permanently on the move?We hear today (31st August) via the Daily Mail of course, that Gypsies and Travellers will now have to prove they are ‘permanently travelling’ in order to qualify as ‘travellers’ for the purposes of planning law.  Its not a surprise, Eric Pickles and Brandon Lewis tried to bring in this policy in the dying days of the coalition. It was stopped the [roadside] n at the final moment by a Liberal MP who actually read what the Association of Chief Police Officers had to say on the matter.  Like ourselves and many others ACPO were against the idea on the basis that it will cause them a policing nightmare to have to deal with so many families having to take ‘permanently’ to the roadsides just in order to be able to continue living in caravans.  By this new definition many of the people living on Gypsy and Traveller sites across the country wont technically qualify to be there because they don’t travel permanently (the new guidance is rather vague about what is actually permanent but hint at at least a couple of months of the year being mobile).

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Volunteering at Leeds GATE

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By Helen Jones |  August 26, 2015 |

Ben and EltonIf you would like to know more about volunteering at Leeds GATE?  You can get in touch here.

We want to say a really big thank you to our outgoing volunteer Elton Muchemwa.  Elton has been with us since the start of the year supporting our front-line advocacy service a couple of days a week.  Not only did he provide a very useful extra pair of hands and some great knowledge, particularly about housing, but his approach to everything was fantastic.  Staff and members alike commented on how approachable and considerate Elton was throughout his time here.  We will miss the contribution he made each week and wish him all the best in his new role.

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