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Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

Leeds GATE

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

Who are Leeds GATE?

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE) is a community members association for Gypsies and Travellers who live in, or resort to, Leeds. You can find out more on their website: www.leedsgate.co.uk or contact them on: info@leedsgate.co.uk

Gypsies and Travellers are one of the most deprived and isolated ethnic minority groups in the UK. Service provision and work done on behalf of Gypsies and Travellers is often done with little or no appropriate consultation with the community itself. Leeds GATE's management committee (the majority of which are Leeds based Gypsies and Travellers) work in partnership with professional workers.

What do Leeds GATE do?

We are developing dialogue with service providers and others whose work impacts on our lives. We are working to promote positive understanding and appreciation of our culture, and to share our skills and experiences, among other UK communities. Our workers provide non-patronising information, advice and advocacy support particularly for people with poor literacy. We enable community members to develop projects aimed at overcoming social isolation and exclusion.

GATE provides a connexions Service for young people aged 13 to 19 (or up to 25 with special needs).

GATE are always looking for volunteers at GATE as they are a charitable organization. Get in touch with Helen Jones (details below) if you are interested.

Contacting Leeds GATE

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange,
Ground Floor, Crown Point House,
169 Cross Green Lane,
LEEDS LS9 0BD.

0113 240 2444

0113 248 5222

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Domestic Violence Project Report by Leeds GATE

Kathleen Morrison, the project leader for this project, presents a Report on a programme to raise awareness of domestic violence among the Gyspy and Traveller communities in Leeds.

This report has been updated as of April 2011.

'I feel that one just one punch kills lots of things like respect, trust and self-esteem. It kills the spark of life even if iot doesn't kill your body.

Children who are around violence lose all these things as well, even if they are not getting hit themselves.'

' I knew it was a tricky subject and it was hidden under the carpet but I knew I had to do this; if not for me then for all the women and children in my community.' Kathleen Morrison

This project that originally set out to benefit a least 75 people but ended up directly involving nearer 2oo.

Some of the projects' aims were to provide opportunities for safe discussion of domestic violence issues among a group of Gypsy and Traveller parents and to raise their self esteem.

Download and read report (Word Document)

Leeds GATE Contacts

Helen Jones, Chief Executive

Responsible for operational management and strategic liaison work.

0113 200 9043

Email Helen

Cathy Griffiths, Strategic Health Advocate

Works with individuals, groups and voluntary and statutory partners to improve health.

0113 200 9041

Email Cathy

Claire Graham, the Advocacy/development department

Provides advocacy and support across a range of issues including welfare rights, accommodation and housing issues, health, discrimination and harassment. She also promotes self-help through empowering projects and positive action.

0113 200 9042

Email Claire

Kathleen Morrison, Youth Inclusion worker

0113 200 9046

Email Kathleen

GATE currently has two students on placements working in advocacy.

Sarah Mushtaq – 0796 875 6850
Zoe Sutton - 0758 047 4959

 

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Gypsy United

Gypsy United FC are a group of under 13 lads who have formed a team from Leeds. They are all members of Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE) and most of them live on the local site Cottingley Springs. They have taken part in 3 tournaments and won 3 trophies! The picture below is from Leeds Together For Peace football tournament organised by Republica Internationale FC. They played youth teams from The Children’s Society, The Kurdish Community, Somalian Youth team and Hunslett Moor to name but a few. Well done lads for getting the recognition of Gypsy and Travellers to a tournament which was representative of lots of different communities.

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