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Hello and Welcome!


Welcome to the August edition of the Friends, Families and Travellers Newsletter.

The past month has been a whirlwind of activity in our offices and our newsletter will give you insights into some of the work we have been involved in this last month. We couldn't do what we do without your support and want to say thank you!

Warm wishes,

Friends, Families and Travellers
FFT News
BBC News: Walsall Council leader apologises over Traveller comments after challenge from FFT and the Gypsy and Traveller Coalition. Read more.

Sunday Express: FFT and Community Law Partnership draw attention to the draconian wide injunction laws being used by some local authorities to ban Travellers from stopping in whole towns. Read more.

Royal Society for Public Health Training: We are an accredited provider of RSPH training and would love to welcome along members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex to our next round of training. Find more information here.
Other News
Wales: Grants are available for broadband and play provision to Local Authority sites as part of the 'Enabling Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (EGRT) Plan'. Email for more details.

Wanderlusts Gypsy Caravans: Members of the travelling community (regardless of ethnicity) are able to receive a 10% discount on holidays in traditional bow top Gypsy wagons or horsedrawn carriages. Find out more. 

Thurrock Gazette: Thurrock Showmen community raise £4,000 to thank firefighters after South Ockendon fire. Read the article here.

Schools Week: This blog summarises the findings of the recently published Dept of Education report into pupils with special educational needs (SEN). A key finding of the report was that SEN is most prevalent in Travellers of Irish heritage and Gypsy or Roma pupils, at 30.9 per cent and 26.8 per cent respectively. 
View the article here.

Negotiated Stopping: Leeds GATE and Rural Media have collaborated to produce this great video campaigning for more local authorities to recognise the benefits of #NegotiatedStopping. View the video here.

Salisbury Journal: Opinion column explores racism toward Gypsies and Travellers in conversation with a local Traveller community member. Read the article here. 
Events
[Friends, Families and Travellers] Housing Law Training with the Director of Hopkin Murray Beskine: We are hosting a free training day for advice organisations working with individuals facing housing issues. Details: Thursday 27th September at 10:00. Book here.

[Friends, Families and Travellers] AGM: We are holding our AGM on Saturday 22nd September at 2.30pm at the FFT Office and would love for you to come along. If you would like to join us, please let us know in advance so we can source enough cakes for the occasion! Book here.

[Friends, Families and Travellers] We are hosting a session at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School Inclusion Health Day on Friday 14th September focusing on women in Inclusion Health. Women from Gypsy and Traveller communities will share their experiences and advise professionals on how to improve their engagement with Gypsy and Traveller communities. Full agenda.

[HWAlliance - NHS Expo] How the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector supports resilience for individuals, communities and specific groups: Michelle Gavin, Projects Manager, will form part of a VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance panel discussing how to support resilience people and communities facing health inequalities, using good practice examples. The event is in Manchester on 6th September. Book here.

[NHSEngland] Consultations are being held on Evidence-Based Interventions. You can attend public and patient events in Leeds on 22nd August or in London on 23rd August. Find out more.

[Ergo Network] Knowledge is Power - Strengthening the voices of young people against antigypsyism. This event is for 18-30 year olds from Council of Europe member states. Deadline is Sunday 26th August. Find out more. 
Publications
Equality and Human Rights Commission: 'Pressing for progress: women's rights and gender equality in 2018'. This report includes contributions from FFT informed by casework. View the report here.

Department of Education: 'Special educational needs (SEN) in England: January 2018'. This report identifies that SEN are most prevalent in Travellers of Irish heritage and Gypsy and Roma pupils. View the report here.

Public Health England: 'Evaluation in health and well being: Guidance summaries'. This guide explores the strengths and limitations of 48 guides relating to health and wellbeing. View the guide here.

GP Patient Survey: The results of NHS England's GP Patient Survey have been released allowing you to compare your local surgery with others locally and around the country. Find more information.
Albion in the Community Football Tournament
Seven young Gypsies and Travellers from Brighton played in their first football tournament at an Albion in the Community event last month. They had a great time despite being knocked out on penalties and are looking to join local teams.

Well done boys! We look forward to seeing you play again.
 
Dikh he na Bister
Communications Officer, Lucy, visited Krakow, Poland, last month with the international youth event Dikh he na Bister. Almost 300 Roma and non-Roma activists joined together to attend a week of workshops aiming to raise awareness of the Roma Holocaust, known as the Porajmos, and to discuss the current climate of discrimination on an international level.

On 2nd August, Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day, the participants attended a memorial event at Auschwitz-Birkenhau to commemorate the victims of the Roma and Sinti who lost their lives during World War II.

Read reflections of the UK participants on the Traveller's Times website.
APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma
Friends, Families and Travellers are Sectariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

Parliament has been in recess for the summer which means, while the APPG have been working very hard behind the scenes, we will have to wait until next month to share the details of what they've been working on. Stay tuned!

If you would like to find out more about the APPG's members, activities and how to get involved, visit the APPG minisite

 
To keep up with our work on the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, please message Sarah Sweeney to be added to our health bulletin mailing list. 

DHSC Voluntary and Community Sector: The newsletter will be re-launching very soon.
To stay in touch, please use this link.

Thank you for your continued support!
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