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Hello and Welcome!


Welcome to the June 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!

We hope you have had an amazing Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.

Warm wishes,

Friends, Families and Travellers
News
Betsy Mobey: Reflections on the one-year celebration of the Republic of Ireland's acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity. View article here.

Police chiefs call for more Traveller sites and say there is no need for more powers for unauthorised sites. Read the article.

Surrey Traveller, Riley Fletcher, speaks out about poor representation and reporting on Gypsies and Travellers in the press. Read the article
Young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people visit the House of Lords
On Monday 25th June, we visited Parliament with 14 young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. We took a tour of the House of Lords with Lord Beecham and sat in on question time in the Lords.

We would like to thank Lord Beecham for being so warm and welcoming and for showing us around and a big thanks to Roma Support Group who joined us with young people on the visit!
Other News
Voice4Change: New report released - 'Working Across the Lines: Connecting struggles of racialised and minoritised populations'. Find report here.

Roma London: 'New report released - 'Roma Communities in London' Feasibility Study. Find report here.

Wales: 'Enabling Gypsies Roma and Travellers' published to promote equal opportunities for GRT in Wales. Find the plan here.

Land for Sale: Exclusive Property & Sales have land available for Gypsy and Traveller sites. Visit their website.

Damian Le Bas: The acclaimed author and poet releases his new book 'The Stopping Places' and discusses prejudice against Travellers with The Guardian. View the article.
Looking back at Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month
Over GRTHM we released a celebration of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture and history everyday on Twitter and Facebook using the #30daysofGRTHM hastag. Thank you for getting involved! Here are the best bits.

Over the month Crystal's Vardo took to the road with shows in Brighton, London, Luton and Edinburgh and lots more places in between.

One of our highlights was our fun day in Stoneywish, where we celebrated GRTHM and the 70th birthday of the NHS with tea, cake, facepaint in glorious sunshine.
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. 
Publications
National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups, Friends Families and Travellers, Roma Support Group and Roma Community Care: National Roma Integration Society Civil Society Monitoring Report (Project is carried out for the European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers). View the report here.

Friends, Families and Travellers: Sarah Sweeney, Communications and Health Policy Co-ordinator has written 'Working with Gypsy and Traveller communities', guidance for social workers for Community Care Inform. View the guide here (paywall).

Universal Credit: FFT submission to the Benefit Sanctions Inquiry regarding the impacts of Universal Credit on Gypsies and Travellers. View the submission.

Race Disparity Audit: FFT contribution to the Inquiry into the RDA carried out by the Women and Equalities Committee noted in subsequent report. The submission asks for action on education, site provision and data monitoring. View the submission.
Events
[HWAlliance] Opportunity for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller individuals and organisations to get their voice heard by policy makers at the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England at 2pm on the 19th July. Contact Sarah Sweeney for more details

[HWAlliance] FFT and Homeless Link: Launch of Inclusion Health Audit Tool for VCSE organisations. Find out how to make your organisation more inclusive to the groups experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK. Webinar at 2pm on the 16th July. Contact Sarah Sweeney for more details.

Roma Support Group: Roma Culture Awareness Training, London, 10 July 2018. Find out more.

FFT's Zoe Matthews presenting at 'National Voices: Charities and the 10 year plan', 10 July 2018. Find out more.

FFT's Sarah Mann and Ivy Manning presenting at Public Policy Exchange Event 'Planning for Traveller Sites and Dealing with Unauthorised Encampments', 17 July 2018. Find out more.
 
APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma
Friends, Families and Travellers are Sectariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

It's been a busy month! So far, the APPG have: Asked a number of parliamentary questions on: Find out more about the APPG's members, activities and how to get involved on our brand new APPG minisite

We are still looking for Community Champions to take part in a stakeholder group supporting the work of the APPG. Find out more.

Thank you for your continued support!
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