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Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to the May 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!

Wishing you a celebratory and action packed Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month,

Friends, Families and Travellers
FFT News
The End of the Road - Learning to have difficult conversations about death, bereavement and grief. View article.

Friends, Families and Travellers appointed as Secretariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. View article.

UN Special Rapporteur meets with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Civil Society. View article.
Celebrate Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month
Every June, we celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history and culture during Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month (GRTHM). If you haven't made plans yet, never fear! We have some excellent ideas and resources for you:
  • Celebrate GRTHM in schools with our collection of Educational Resources for Teachers.
  • Pop along to a performance of Crystals Vardo. We'll be performing in schools and prisons across the country, as well as in public events in Ealing, Edinburgh, Hassocks, Brighton and Lewisham.
  • Find inspiration from our social media campaign #30daysofGRTHM. where every day we'll share one video/article/image about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history and culture. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get involved.
Other News
The Guardian: My community is vehemently against Travellers settling on a local common. How can I challenge this? View story.

Scunthorpe Telegraph: Lord Bourne pays tribute to Traveller man who won Victoria Cross. View story.

GATE Herts: Seeking 18-30 year old Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people to take part in the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative in Auschwitz. Email Sherrie to find out more.
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. 
New Briefing Papers
Friends, Families and Travellers: Research on learning disabilities in Gypsy and Traveller communities, May 2018. View paper.

Friends, Families and Travellers: Fairer for all? The negative and disproportionate impact of Universal Credit on Gypsy and Traveller communities, May 2018. View paper.
It's been a busy month! So far, the APPG have:

Written to Ranil Jayawardena MP for North East Hampshire challenging his petition for increased powers to use against Travellers

Written to the MHCLG regarding the National Planning Framework Consultation

Asked a series of parliamentary questions on: We will be creating a dedicated section of our website to keep you updated with information on the work of the APPG.

We are still looking for Community Champions to take part in a stakeholder group supporting the work of the APPG. Find out more.
GATE Herts: Report Racism GRT Conference, London, 20 June 2018. Find out more.

Westminster Briefing: Planning for Traveller Sites and Dealing with Unauthorised Encampments, 17 July 2018. Find out more.

Romani Cultural & Arts Company: 'Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture Symposium III', Swansea, 1 Oct 2018. Find out more.

Leeds GATE and Gypsyville: 'Rights and Romance: Representing Gypsy Lives', University of Leeds until 31 July 2018. Find out more

Damian and Delaine Le Bas: 'Safe European Home? (Past, Present, Future)', Worthing Museum and Art Gallery until 13 October 2018. Find out more.

Thank you for your continued support!
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