What we do
London Gypsies and Travellers is an organisation which challenges social exclusion and discrimination, working for change in partnership with Gypsies and Travellers. We work with the community and a range of trusted partners to contribute to the development of local, regional and national policy.
We aim to work with communities in an inclusive way, celebrating diversity and also recognising the multiple barriers that people face not only in terms of ethnicity, but also gender, sexual orientation, class, disability and age.
Why we're needed
There are around 30,000 Gypsies and Travellers in London. Their cultures and traditions have developed through a nomadic way of life over centuries. Some Gypsies and Travellers still travel in the summer, but lack of sites and draconian eviction powers make it difficult for many to go on the road now.
Gypsies and Travellers are recognised under law as ethnic groups. But prejudice and discrimination continues to affect their access to services, jobs and accommodation. Negative media coverage increases people’s feelings of marginalisation and alienation.
We work in partnership with people from these communities to bring change.