People & voices

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



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 Plans for targets were withdrawn soon afterwards.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


Video: raising the issue of hate crime

Article 12 in Scotland, a charity that works with Gypsies and Travellers, has produced this short video raising the issue of hate crime. It is made by a group of young Gypsy/Travellers.


“I feel we have been left out of everything”

In 2014 London Gypsies and Travellers invited members of the community to have their say about the Government’s housing plans, now the Housing and Planning Act 2016. Marian Mahoney from Tower Hamlets says she feels excluded from housing policy.

Jean’s son David lifts up his cousin Richard who has Richard who has fallen over in the grass, as his sister Viviana walks by and Aunt Bernadette stands in the doorway of her trailers. The patch of land in Middlesborough was unoccupied and the families were aboe to stay for two weeks. It is now five years since the Travellers eviction and Basildon council are redeveloping the land that they had said was ‘protected greenbelt’.  Jean and her family have yet to find a permanent legal site where they might be permanently allowed to stay.

Video: speaking out against planning changes

Gypsies and travellers give their response to government plans.