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We are all so many things

The story behind ‘We are all so many things…’

May 8, 2017

Clemmie James, LGT’s Community Development and Campaigns Officer, devised the organisation’s powerful new #wearesomanythings campaign with members of the Gypsy and Traveller community. Here she describes the thoughts that drove it. “Prejudice is learned, often at a very young age. With the campaign, we are asking the public to unlearn the prejudice that appears to be ingrained and accepted in all …

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New LGT campaign challenges the stigma that rules people’s lives

May 8, 2017

A new LGT campaign aims to challenge public perceptions of Gypsies and Travellers by asking why people only ever see their ethnicity, not their worth. The striking poster and social media campaign aims to demonstrate that the reality of Gypsies and Travellers’ lives is a far cry from the vulgar and caricatured images presented in …

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Challenging Perception – in the heart of London

April 5, 2017

London Gypsies and Travellers and Tom Copley AM hosted the first ever event dedicated to Gypsies and Travellers in the London’s Living Room on 31st March 2017. ‘Gypsies and Travellers have been living and working in London for hundreds of years. They are active community members and contribute to the economic and social life of …

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A name and brand change to reflect new ambitions

March 30, 2017

The London Gypsy and Traveller Unit is taking a major step forward in its evolution, changing its name, branding and website. From April 2017, the organisation will be known as London Gypsies and Travellers. At the same time, it is updating its logo and launching a completely new website – designed to communicate with the Gypsy and Traveller community …

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2016 – a year of protest

February 23, 2017

From the moment the Housing and Planning Bill was proposed, Gypsies and Travellers around the country began to work together to challenge the government’s latest attempt to side-line their cultural needs. The Bill removed the requirement on councils to carry out assessments of Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs. This backward step will make the future …

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Annual report now published

February 23, 2017

Our latest Annual Report 2016 describes another successful year for the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit (now renamed London Gypsies and Travellers) where we continued to support, empower and represent Gypsies and Travellers at all levels.

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Report on site provision launched

February 23, 2017

In July 2016 we launched our Planning for the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in London report which highlights our experiences in working on planning policy issues over the last four years. The report presents the challenges facing Gypsy and Traveller site provision in London and gives examples of best practice as well as recommendations for policy …

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Have your say at forum meeting

February 12, 2017

Do you want a stronger voice for London’s Gypsies and Travellers? Then join us at the London Gypsy and Traveller Forum (LGTF), on Thursday, 9th February, 11am-1pm at Committee Room 5, London City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA. LGT coordinates the LGTF, where people from the community can meet to discuss matters affect their lives. There is an open invitation for …

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How is the Scrap Act affecting you?

February 12, 2017

How has the Scrap Metal Dealers Act affected you? We are collecting testimonies for dealers up and down the country. Please let us know how the Scrap Metal Dealers Act has affected scrap dealers. These comments are going to help us write a much needed report to the Government opposing the act. You can leave comments on …

Irish Travellers learn how to make Christmas decorations in the floristry classes, run by Sherrie Smith the London Gypsy Traveller Unit in Hackney, London, on November 16th 2016.

LGT self-employment courses valued

February 12, 2017

London Gypsies and Travellers workshops go from strength to strength, with an emphasis on learning how to become self employed through an application of practical skills. In the run up to Christmas, LGT ran a six week course introducing young women to floristry and learning skills in becoming self employed. The focus of the workshops was to equip …