People & voices

Blogs, stories, quotes and opinion from the Gypsy and Traveller community



Heritage maps prove we are Londoners too

Chelsea McDonagh, a Traveller who has worked on LGT’s heritage mapping project, reflects on how it has allowed her to reconnect with her own history


Being an activist opened my eyes

Marian Mahoney, LGT’s Vice Chair, explains why becoming a member of the organisation’s Board of Trustees was one of the best things she ever did – and encourages other Travellers to do the same  


Who is Tyler Hatwell… and why should I care?

With the new school term starting, LGT’s new Youth Outreach Worker, Tyler Hatwell, explains how his school experiences have led to a passion for supporting Travellers in the education system


Now I can hold ignorance to account

Betsy Mobey describes the journey that brought her to London Gypsies and Travellers


People want to help us

Angela Mahoney explains how it felt to give a speech at the LUSH Summit

Young Romany Gypsy boy
Elizabeth Blanchett

I confronted him and told him who I was

Billy Smith explains why he has chosen to be part of LGT


Video: Gypsies and Travellers in the Media

Members of the community in the limelight – but for good or ill? A film from Rural Media


Video: moved on to make way for the Olympic Park

Traveller families from Hackney reveal their feelings about their community being relocated to make way for the Olympic Park. They now live on three separate sites.


“I feel like a fraud living in a flat”

In 2009, London Gypsies and Travellers (then the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit) encouraged people from the community to write to the London Mayor in response to the London plan, which included targets for new pitches. Their letters reveal the desperate situations facing many Gypsies and Travellers given the shortage of pitches. Plans for targets were withdrawn soon afterwards.


Video: young people talk about hate crime

In this video from Travelling Ahead, young Gypsies and Travellers talk about what hateful comments and coverage mean to them