Gypsy Roma Traveller Leeds
The permanent site of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Communities
The Gypsy Council is involved in a wide spectrum of support and liaison work, supporting Gypsy families in planning applications and their fight for decent legal places to live. Read more about the organisation and maybe consider joining.
If you need to find out even more information about Gypsies and Travellers follow some of these suggestions.
BBC Kent has a great section on its website - Romany Voices.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is the body with overall responsibility for the police complaints system. It has the task of increasing public confidence in the complaint systems and aims to make investigations more open, timely, proportionate and fair.
If you are unhappy about how you have been treated by the Police, it is your right to complain.
08453 002 002
The Youth Division of International Gypsy and Traveller Affairs, Irish Traveller Movement 2006 UK and Canterbury Gypsy support Group, in Kent have a web site that's worth a visit. It has information of the projects they're undertaking as well as other educational items.
The European Commission has launched a new website dedicated to the Roma. It aims to provide information on the EU’s activities in support of the Roma, Gypsy and Traveller community across Europe.
The site is aimed at anyone interested in Roma affairs, from individuals to non-governmental organisations and government bodies. Users can access a range of information on the different policies, programmes and initiatives of the EU to promote social inclusion and combat discrimination against Roma.
Following the disbanding of the Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition (G&TLRC) in April 2006, Friends Families and Travellers, The Gypsy Council, The Irish Traveller Movement and the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit wanted to establish a way of continuing the valuable work on law reform achieved by the Coalition. These four organisations agreed to set up the Traveller Law Reform Project.
Free support, Information and counselling for 13-25 year olds in Leeds.
A good service for young people in Leeds and their website has some good links to other useful resources. They can be found at The Market Place, 28 Kirkgate, LEEDS, LS2 7DJ.
191-193 Chapeltown Road
Leeds LS7 3DU
Tel: 0113 262 6362
Fax: 0113 262 2602
Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE) is a community members association for Gypsies and Travellers who live in, or resort to, Leeds. They are working to find ways for Gypsies and Travellers to get their voices heard.
Leeds GATE is divided into three departments.
Crown Point House,
169 Cross Green Lane,
LEEDS LS9 0BD
0113 240 2444
0113 248 5222
For more information and email contacts click here
A new service in Leeds for children who are either homeless, refugees or asylum seekers, Travellers, have experienced domestic violence or who have runaway from home.
Research and the experience of previous projects in Leeds suggests these children often have greater difficulty than others in accessing play, education, health, support and other services ... often it as simple as they do not have someone to talk to about their experiences. CHIVA hopes to change this by using a multi-agency staff team including people from Education, Housing, Social Services and Early Years services and joining them with one to one support staff funded by the Children's Fund. We hope to link children wherever possible to existing services and to fill gaps where we can. The service is due to start in the Autumn of 2004, details of how to contact the service or refer to it will be available towards this time. If you wish to discuss the project then do not hesitate to contact the Coordinator.
Contact: Paul Bollom
Leeds, LS8 3LG
0113 225 8907
CAB is a registered charity that has been serving local communities since 1939. The service is free, confidential and impartial, and our volunteer advisers help people resolve their debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems. The service is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.
Find out more on the Leeds Citizen's Advice Bureau's website:
Leeds Irish Health and Homes (LIHH) is a voluntary organisation providing culturally sensitive housing and outreach services to Irish people who require support.
LIHH offers four main services:
Supported Housing Services - We currently manage 72 tenancies including Davitt House, a residential home for older Irish people.
Irish Elders Outreach Service - provides associated advice, information and support to older Irish people living in Leeds.
Health Outreach Service - provides short and long-term support around a wide range of health issues. Community
Outreach Team - Working within the community to forward issues affecting the Irish and establish social and statutory networks.
We also support Leeds Irish Women's Group, Leeds Irish Men's Group, Leeds Irish Carers Group, Friday Over 55's Irish Day Club and Leeds Irish Community Forum.
To find out more contact Anthony Hanlon
0113 262 5614
Leeds LS7 3JB
We provide a range of support to ethnic minority voluntary groups across the city. We are particularly interested in working with Gypsy and Traveller groups helping them to identify and highlight their own health needs and to develop new ways of working to ensure they have better access to all services.
To find out more contact Kate Gimblett
07960 727 175
408 Oakwood Lane,
Leeds, LS8 3LG
This is an informal group of people who work with Travellers and Gypsies across the Yorkshire and the Humber region.
The group have discovered that many people are carrying out invaluable work in isolation. Networking once every four months will enable us to share good practice and encourage development of projects, which Gypsies and Travellers themselves want. A further aim is to try to influence good policymaking and provide information about the reality of what is happening to Gypsies and Travellers across the region.
This group is not meant to be a forum, which could speak on behalf of Gypsies or Travellers themselves and will endeavour not to be unique in providing professional development for workers.
Marion Horton (a freelance community development consultant and trainer) and John Grayson (Senior Tutor – Research from Northern College) have convened and facilitated the meetings.
Meetings are open and you are encouraged to spread the word as widely as possible to other workers.
Barnsley S75 3ET
Contact John through the Northern College
If you wish to purchase lunch at Northern College prior to the meeting please contact either Marion Horton or John Grayson.
Offers at the moment individual sessions focusing on mental health issues i.e. anxiety, depression.
Contact Jacks Hillaby: mental health worker
0113 305 8306
Leeds LS10 1PT
The Extended Schools Learning Communities works with Leeds Childens' Fund Project to support Supplementary Schools - Travellers out of school activities is in this remit and out of school activities (study support) in schools across Leeds.
Contact Mark Hopkins: the team leader
0113 214 4481
0789 127 0382
Leeds LS8 2LJ
Link coordinator-work City wide.
Contact Donna Cremin
432 Dewsbury Road,
Leeds LS11 8DF
South Leeds Health for All delivers Community Health Development work with disadvantaged communities in South Leeds. We support the Travellers Health Partnership which brings together representatives from the Traveller community and the voluntary, statutory and community agencies and organisations which serve the Traveller community.
The aim of the Partnership is to promote the exchange of information and promote partnership working. Partnership meetings take place quarterly. Sub groups tackling issues including Accommodation, Health, education and work with children and young people meet monthly.
Contact Pat McGeever
This is a Leeds based Traveller organisation that campaigns for social justice for Travellers and Gypsies.
It aims to achieve secure accommodation for all families and better access to Health, Education, Training and Employment.
Contact Tommy Collins
9 Mowbary Court,
Leeds LS14 6UN
0113 264 8658
Leeds LS1 1UR
0113 247 4184
Aims to work towards the elimination of racial discrimination and to promote equal opportunity and good relations, between persons of different racial groups without distinction of race or of political, religious or other opinions.
0113 243 8421
The Project challenges racial harassment and provides support and assistance to victims of racial harassment.
0113 293 5100
Works specifically with BME communities who are deemed 'hard to reach'. The project largely assists in building the capacity of smaller BME projects/groups in Leeds who have one or no paid worker. The project aims to sustain funding for black and minority ethnic communities by providing support and assistance on funding issues. It also provides support in building the capacity of management committees.
0113 243 8422
The Gypsy Council was formerly known as the National Gypsy Education Council which was formed in 1970.
After many years of supporting and working in the educational rights of Gypsy people, the organisation was becoming increasingly involved in other issues which directly affected the educational prospects and advancement of Gypsy children and their families, e.g., the lack of legal stopping places, inadequate and unhealthy official sites, racism, inefficient health care, government and institutional harassment.
At the annual general meeting in 1991, it was voted unanimously to change the name of the organisation to, The Gypsy Council for Education, Culture, Welfare and Civil Rights, to reflect the full extent of the work it does.
Find out more here
The Gypsy Lore Society, an international association of persons interested in Gypsy and Traveller Studies, was founded in Great Britain in 1888 but now has its headquarters in the United States.
Its goals include promotion of the study of Gypsy, Traveler, and analogous peripatetic cultures worldwide; dissemination of accurate information aimed at increasing understanding of these cultures in their diverse forms; and establishment of closer contacts among scholars studying any aspects of these cultures.
The Society sponsors programs and conferences and publishes the twice-yearly Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society), a quarterly Newsletter and other occasional publications.
The Gypsy Research Centre produces Interface, an information newsletter about Gypsy/Traveller issues across Europe. It is published in English, French and Spanish.
Centres de recherches tsiganes,
Universite Rene Descartes,
Paris Cedex 06,
Essex SS6 9R5.
01268 782 792 (also fax number)
The Refugee Council is the largest organisation working in the UK with asylum seekers and refugees
Housing Management Division,
London SW1E 5DU
0207 944 3487
0207 944 3489
The aim of this site is to build a bridge connecting Catalonia and Spain as a whole with the Central and East European countries. This portal is the product of the synergy that resulted from the exchange of experiences and cooperation of the people from those countries and a handful of Catalans interested in the other half of Europe.
The resources they create in order to facilitate mutual convergence and a better knowledge will be available to all: the general public, companies and public administration.
Help create a Learning Community on the World Wide Web that is dynamic, relevant, and uniquely your own. Free the producer, animator, writer, musician, performer, all the creative beings lurking inside you. Join the S-Cool BusPlayshops
Has a section on Ethnic Minority Achievement.
Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group provides valuable assistance and information to the Gypsy community in and around Derbyshire. DGLG also has close relationships with local authorities and services to aid managing Gypsy culture with knowledge and respect.
Further places to find information relevant to Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.
These links are more general, even entertaining. The page has links to children's sites, to photography, to informative sites and more.
The education section of our site has links to educational organisations that can assist Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people of all ages.