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Dear friends and colleagues,

This month has been a hive of activity at FFT. For the first time, we made our resident theatre production Crystal's Vardo available for you to order online and watch at home. This is a great opportunity for improving awareness around Gypsy, Roma and Traveller histories! If you would like to view the film with your family, class or workplace, find out more.

And in another first, we're asking our supporters from around the country to help us complete a mass mystery shop of GP surgeries in England. If you want to help put an end to discriminatory policies which prevent nomadic patients registering for healthcare, get involved.

Warmest wishes,
Sarah Mann

Crystal's Vardo theatre film available for schools to view online 
This month, FFT made our resident theatre production Crystal's Vardo available for homes and schools to view online. Other classroom materials are also available. Find out more.

Friends, Families and Travellers are recruiting: Join our team!
We are currently looking for an Impact and Evaluation Coordinator and Peer Researchers to join our team. Details about the roles and how to apply, here.

An update from Moving for Change: Bridging the research/policy divide
Adrian Jones, Policy Lead at Moving for Change shares thoughts on how research can influence good practice to improve local authority engagement with roadside camps. More here.
Working in partnership: How councils can work with the voluntary and community sector to increase civic participation?
Read a new Local Government Association report on how council can improve civic participation with people from underrepresented groups. Read the report.
Update from the APPG
APPG members have been busy focussing on the measures in the Policing Bill. Members continue to draw attention to the inequalities faced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma across the board.

Updates on the Policing Crime Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill 
APPG members and allies spoke in opposition to sections or all of Part 4 of the Policing Bill this month as the Bill went through Committee Stage in the House of Lords. Amendments were proposed that would lessen the impacts of the Bill on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Amendments were co-sponsored by Conservative, Crossbench, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Peers and two Bishops (Manchester and London).

You can view clips from 3rd November in this thread or read the transcript. You can view clips from 8th November in this thread or read the transcript.

Friends Families and Travellers act as Secretariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.
Health and Wellbeing
FFT and Roma Support Group to tackle health inequalities with Health and Wellbeing Alliance
A recent announcement from the Government confirmed that FFT in consortium with Roma Support Group are included in the refreshed membership of the Alliance. Find out more.

What does volunteering for the NHS mean to you?

New NHS research aims to understand how people volunteer or give their time for free to support the NHS. If you're a volunteer, share your needs, experience and motivation for volunteering, here.

FFT call for volunteers to mystery shop GP practices in England
If you would like to support our work ensuring GP practices are following NHS guidance and registering patients who do not have a fixed address, get in touch. Read more here.

We are working closely with policy makers at the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England. If you would like to raise specific challenges being faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities at this time, please get in touch.
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Update from our casework:

"This month we held our first youth advisory group meeting with young Gypsies and Travellers. We were pleased to have 9 young people join us to discuss the issues important to them. We received lots of positive contributions and discussed what FFT can do as an organisation to better represent the views and priorities of young Gypsy and Traveller people. Watch this space!"

Tommy Buck, Projects Coordinator
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