People & voices

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


Celebrating Romani Londoners

Tom Margetson, LGT’s Community Development Worker writes about the importance of celebrating International Romani Day 

I wanted people to see us as we are

LGT’s new awareness-raising film centres on Irish Traveller Mena Mongan talking about her life and home. Here she describes the experience of making the film, and how she overcame her worries about exposure

Audio: Mena and Tracie talk about self-care and mental health

Mena Mongan and Tracie Giles talk about mental health and the importance of self-care especially during this difficult period

Video: Tracie Giles on her early memories of travelling

Stories from the past recorded for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

Video: Bridget Maughan talks to her granddaughter

Stories from the past recorded for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

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