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City Hall display reveals the reality

January 11, 2018

London Gypsies and Travellers has launched a new exhibition of images at City Hall, challenging the public and Greater London Authority employees to see the reality beyond the stereotypes of Gypsies and Travellers. The pictures of Gypsies and Travellers going about everyday life were gathered by photographer Mary Turner as part of LGT’s successful #weareallsomanythings …

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Will London Plan meet our needs?

November 20, 2017

Gypsy and Traveller community members told Greater London Authority officers how the Mayor’s housing strategy and new London Plan need to address their needs, at the most recent meeting of the London Gypsy and Traveller Forum. Representatives from the GLA housing and London Plan teams listened to Forum members as they gave their views and …

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LGT maps London for the community

November 6, 2017

LGT has embarked on a major project to collect and reveal information about London’s Gypsy and Traveller communities. Working with the social enterprise organisation Mapping for Change, it is compiling information about the inequalities, experience and contributions of Gypsies and Travellers across the capital. The project, named Mapping the Pathway to Equality, began in April 2017, …

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Deputy Mayor listens to concerns and fears

October 25, 2017

Members and representatives of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities discussed their needs and aspirations – and how the Greater London Authority might address them – at a meeting with one of London’s Deputy Mayors on 18th October. Among the issues raised by participants were the huge accommodation crisis facing London Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, …

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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, …

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London Mayor gives hope of progress for Gypsies and Travellers

August 15, 2017

On Thursday 10th August at Mayor’s Question Time, London Assembly member Tom Copley asked Sadiq Khan how his London Plan and Housing Strategy will cater for the accommodation needs of London’s Gypsy and Traveller community. The government recently restricted the definition of “Gypsy or Traveller” in planning terms, which has led some councils to decide that they …

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Hackney Unites Festival, Saturday 17 June

June 20, 2017

  This Saturday, 17 June LGT took part in the Hackney Unites festival held in Hackney Community College. The vibrant event brought together over 50 community groups, ranging from a wide variety of ethnic and community groups, health related charities, education institutions, child migrant stories, a refugee choir. There was also a fashion show, circus …

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Exhibition on life and struggles over 100 years

June 15, 2017

To mark Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history month this June, LGT has put together an exhibition on the life and struggles of Gypsies and Travellers in London over the last 100 years. The exhibition will be shown at the Hackney More in Common Festival on 17th June. The exhibition follows the story of families settling …

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Celebrating daily lives and diversity

June 13, 2017

London Gypsies and Travellers is taking part in this year’s Hackney Unites Festival on Saturday 17th June at Hackney Community College in Shoreditch from 11.30-17.00h. There will be over 80 community groups, stalls, food, a fashion show, music performances and exhibitions which you are invited to join. To celebrate the diversity and contributions of the …

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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 …