Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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Leeds GATE Toolkit

New from Leeds GATE: our toolkit with advice on making contact with Gypsy and Irish Travellers. Available as a printed document and audio CD.

How to engage with Gypsies and Travellers as part of your work

How to Engage with Gypsies and Travellers coverOur work at Leeds GATE has taught us about shocking life expectancy statistics, high maternal and infant death rates, vastly poor educational outcomes, widespread homelessness, depression and mental illness, amongst Gypsy and Irish Traveller families.

Professional workers charged with the task of improving life chances are familiar with the idea that positive, effective, and sustainable change begins with communities and families. Are the services you provide being accessed by Gypsy and Traveller people and if so is that access leading to successful outcomes?

We think there are characteristic features of interaction between Gypsy and Traveller people and professionals which lead to lack of interventions, or failure to achieve improvements. ‘Fear’, ‘mistrust’, ‘lack of contact’ and ‘ignorance on both sides’ are some of the words we have found ourselves using. We need to ensure inclusion and recognition of all groups in society, and that includes Gypsies and Travellers. This guide aims to help you overcome these problems by drawing on our years of experience and learning.

Helen Jones - Chief Executive Officer, Leeds GATE

Getting a copy

The printed guide is available from Leeds GATE for £10.00 plus postage.

The audio CD is available for £5.00, but you can get them both together for just £12.00.

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How to contact Gypsies and Travellers is a stunning body of work from someone who is obviously fully aware of the issues. Forceful and forthright, it pulls no punches, but the author’s empathy and subtle humour serve to round the edges of even the sharpest comments.

This is a veritable treasure-trove of hard won knowledge. It conveys information with such dazzling clarity that the reader is left agog, reeling like a rabbit in the headlights. I have no hesitation in giving this my heartiest recommendation.

Tom McCready – Gypsy - Development Worker, Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group.


By Professor Steve Field

I was very pleased to be asked to provide a foreword for this Leeds GATE toolkit. As Chair of the National Inclusion Health Board, my role is to drive improvements in health outcomes for the most vulnerable and excluded groups in our society. Whilst the general population’s health continues to improve, the most vulnerable groups are all too often being left behind and have significantly poorer health outcomes than those enjoyed by the general population. The Inclusion Health programme focuses on driving improvements for these most vulnerable groups. Gypsies and Travellers have some of the poorest health outcomes and therefore are a key priority.

Although there are good examples of local services for Gypsies and Travellers, contact between Gypsies and Travellers and service providers is still too often characterised by suspicion, indifference and occasionally, hostility. This practical toolkit seeks to address these communication difficulties by supporting practitioners to develop open and nurturing relationships with Gypsy and Traveller people, and assisting commissioners and managers to understand the practical barriers that are faced. I encourage all service commissioners and service providers to use this toolkit in addressing the health outcomes of Gypsies and Travellers within their community.

Professor Steve Field CBE FRCGP FFPH FRCP

Chairman, NHS Future Forum

Chairman, National Health Inclusion Board & General Practitioner at Bellevue Medical Centre in Birmingham

Engagement Scoping Report (Appendix one) Helen McAuslane

Lone Worker Policy (Appendix two) Lone Worker policy and personal safety guidelines 2010