The future is bright

October 12, 2017

A new LGT mentoring programme is supporting young Gypsies and Travellers into work, providing a gateway to further training, independence and employment.

The Bright Futures programme is aimed at young people aged 16-21 who have finished or did not complete school and want to embark on jobs or further training but are struggling without experience, qualifications or good literacy skills.

“We’re working with young people to create a bridge between college and work placements, to give them the kind of experience they need,” says Geraldine Lindsay, LGT’s Skills and Development Coordinator.

“We work with them to increase their learning and interest. By helping them get work experience and links with employers, we hope we can give them confidence and a portfolio, so that they can go into vocational training or start their own business.”

The programme is currently mentoring young people from Hackney, Enfield, Haringey Newham and Tower Hamlets, and is continuing to interview and recruit. LGT works with each person to identify skills and interests, and then makes links with businesses and colleges to set up work placements. Visits and placements have so far been established in hair and beauty, design, retail, construction, building, painting and decorating.

“The young people have been inspired talking to people who run their own businesses,” says Geraldine Lindsay. “It’s shown them what they can achieve if they want to. We’re looking at encouraging their transferrable skills and using them to start their own business, so they can stay part of their community but also take a step out of it.”

For further information about the Bright Futures initiative, please contact info@londongandt.org.uk

Pictured: fashion designer Jess Flint meeting some Bright Futures participants in her studio

More news

HighCourtPic3

LGT wins court challenge to encampment bans

May 17, 2019

An LGT court challenge has dealt a blow to local authorities introducing bans on Gypsies and Travellers camping on open land in London. Following an intervention by LGT, supported by lawyers specialising in human rights, an application by Bromley Council for an injunction prohibiting camping on 171 open spaces and car parks in the borough has been refused …

Picture6

Mapping Traveller Histories – come work with us

April 23, 2019

We are looking for two members of the Gypsy, Traveller or Showmen communities to join us on our project in order to undertake skills training to document and map Traveller histories across London, and to do community outreach. Job Title: Community-based Researcher- Research Trainee Organisation: London Gypsies and Travellers (Registered Charity) Hours: Part-time 12 hours …

Irish Travellers living on the Ilderton Road site, South Bermondsey, London SE15. Pictures taken in 2002 and 2003

Government “persistently failing” Travellers

April 8, 2019

A new report from MPs provides detailed evidence that the government and other policy makers have failed to tackle the inequalities and discrimination faced by Gypsies and Travellers. The report, from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee, says that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities are “among the most disadvantaged people in the country” and …