GYPSY AND TRAVELLER SUPPORT GROUPS
Last updated on 21st March 2017 – Thank you to Siobhan Spencer MBE of the NFGLG for her assistance.
Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers
The Membership Secretary, c/o Little Kiln, Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9DS.
Tel: 0208 374 1286
ACERT works for: equal access to education, health and other community services for Gypsies and Travellers; safe and secure accommodation for Gypsies and Travellers; good community relations and so endeavours to end discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers on racial and other grounds.
Advisory Service for Squatters
2 St Pauls Road, London N1 2QN.
Tel: 0207 359 8814
ASS covers the whole of England and Wales, giving advice to squatters, other homeless and vulnerably housed people, and those thinking of squatting, by phone, e-mail and in person. ASS produces the Squatters’ Handbook and a number of leaflets on various aspects of squatting in a number of (mainly European) languages. ASS tries to respond to attacks on squatting and squatters in the media, courts and parliament.
Friends, Families and Travellers
Emma Nuttall, Advice and Policy Manager, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG.
Tel: 01273 234777.
Fax: 01273 234778.
FFT is a national organisation working with all travelling groups, including Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers and New Travellers. Our helpline for Gypsies and Travellers: 01273 234777 is open Monday to Friday (excl. Wednesday) from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. The helpline can assist with any issue. We have locally-based outreach workers in Sussex, including a mental health caseworker and a youth worker. We carry out policy, lobbying and campaigning work on Gypsy and Traveller issues on a national basis.
National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups (NFGLG address)
13 Ladygrove Mill, Ladygrove Road, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2FG
Tel: 01629 732744.
NFGLG aims to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with Gypsy & Traveller groups who are socially excluded and to relieve the needs of such people and assist them in integrating into society. This is achieved by: providing a network group; increasing or co-ordinating opportunities for the Gypsy and Traveller community to engage with service providers; and, educating the public to help them better understand the Gypsy and Traveller community.
Traveller Law Reform Project
6 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RN.
Tel: 07956 450916.
Fax: 020 8533 7110.
TLRP aims to bring about positive changes in the law in relation to the rights and needs of all the Gypsy and Traveller communities.
The Traveller Movement
The Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA.
Tel: 020 7607 2002.
Fax: 020 7607 2005.
TM’s organisational aims and objectives are: to create an evidence and resource base for positive change for the Traveller community; to promote the social inclusion of Travellers by campaigning on issues that contribute to their exclusion and to promote equality of access to statutory and voluntary services; to develop policy models for working with Travellers and educate statutory and other services who work with Travellers.
Goldstops House, Pentonville, Newport NP20 5HB
Tel: 02920 803267
Mobile: 07788 412760
Travellers’ School Charity
The Plot at Cefn Y Garn, Llangeitho, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6TF
Tel: 07786 466107
Bromley Gypsy Traveller Project
Gypsies and Travellers Wales
Trowbridge Community Centre, 91 Caernarvon Way, Trowbridge CF3 1TN.
Tel: 02920 214411.
Fax: 02920 214411.
CGTPP meets its aims by the provision of an extensive information, advice and liaison service to the Gypsy and Traveller communities in Cardiff, to the Local Authority and all relevant agencies and professionals. The basis of this service is drop-in advice sessions for Gypsies and Travellers, but advice and support at home is also provided for the elderly, people with health issues and carers. Main areas of work include: liaison on issues of development; management and maintenance of sites; homelessness; welfare benefits; reviews and appeals; education; health; social and housing services; racial discrimination. A Gypsy and Traveller Service Providers’ Network is run by CGTP for all people in Cardiff working with Gypsies and Travellers and meets quarterly.
Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group
1-3 Ladygrove Mill, Ladygrove Road, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2FG.
Tel/Fax: 01629 732744.
Herefordshire Travellers Support Group
Herts GATE Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment
Vale House, 43 Cowbridge Street, Hertford, SG14 1PN.
Tel: 01920 412620.
Herts GATE has been around since 2010. It was founded and set up by a Traveller woman and is primarily community led. It develops, co-ordinates and facilitates tailor-made training programmes for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (GRT) across Hertfordshire. GATE provides a forum to discuss issues that are important to GRT communities, and gives them a platform to represent themselves at a local and national level. It is committed to challenging Hate Speech/Crime against GRT. Report Racism GRT is a hate incident reporting site and support service that is run by and for GRT communities in the UK by Herts Gate: reportracismgrt.com. It is a safe, secure and anonymous (if needed) place to report Hate Speech and Racism. As a victim of a race hate incident, if you would like support please contact us. We can either help you directly or put you in touch with a local GRT organisation.
Irish Community Care
Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange
Lincolnshire Gypsy Liaison Group
Mercury House, Foxby Lane, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 1DY.
Tel: 01427 619521.
London Gypsies and Travellers (formerly London Gypsy and Traveller Unit)
6 Westgate Street, Hackney, London, E8 3RN.
Tel: 020 8533 2002.
Fax: 020 8533 7110.
LGTU supports Travellers and Gypsies living in London through: accommodation and advocacy advice; community development; a youth programme; campaigning for new sites in London; media; INSET training; research; strategy work and policy development; advice and information to agencies, professionals, community groups, the media and students; and, services on a commissioned basis.
One Voice for Travellers Limited
Ormiston Norfolk Travellers Initiative
Breckland Business Centre, St. Withburga Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1ED.
Tel: 01362 854264. Mob: 07825 688403.
Ormiston Travellers Initiative Norfolk is a service within the Ormiston Children and Families Trust, which gives free information, advice and support to Gypsies and Travellers in Cambridgeshire. We can help on a range of issues, such as accommodation, finances, form-filling, education, employment and more. Please contact our service manager, Jane LeBreton for further details.
Romani Cultural and Arts CO.
Temple Court,13A Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HA.
Tel: 02920 786439.
Southwark Traveller Action Group
The Peckham Settlement, Goldsmith Road, Peckham, London, SE15 5TF.
Tel: 020 7639 1823.
Fax: 020 7635 9830.
The Peckham Settlement mission is: “To help those living in the vicinity of the Settlement, both as a community and as individuals, to develop their own potential, enrich their own lives, and solve their own problems. We do this by providing practical supportive services, advice, consultancy, leadership and a channel of communication to agencies and authorities in the area. We are committed to working with people from all backgrounds and are particularly focused on ensuring that so-called hard-to-reach groups can access all the opportunities we offer and services we provide.”
1 Champions Yard, Causewayhead, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2TA.
Tel: 01736 366940.
The charity’s objects are: (i) to promote health, to advance education, and to relieve the needs of the Gypsy and Traveller communities, primarily in the South-West of England, in particular, but not exclusively, by providing information, advocacy, advice and support to Gypsies and Travellers; and, ii) the promotion of equality of treatment and diversity, particularly in relation to Gypsies and Travellers, for the public benefit, by informing and educating the public about the traveller way of life and the needs of Gypsies and Travellers, and by promoting activities which foster good relations between Gypsies and Travellers and the communities in which we live.
York Travellers Trust
20 Falsgrave, Clifton, York, YO30 7AZ,
Tel: 01904 630526.
Fax: 01904 675444.
YTT aims to: provide support, guidance and enabling services, so that individuals can develop their independence to maximise their inclusion in society; work with the Gypsy and Traveller community in an advocacy and assistance capacity, offering specialist advice; encourage and empower Gypsies and Travellers to access community opportunities and services; provide education, raise awareness and promote understanding about the Gypsy and Traveller community.