Submitted by Leicestershire GATE (Gypsy and Travellers Equality)

Travellers and Gypsies are modern people who are often well integrated into our communities. However, the media and public perceptions often view them as a ‘problem’ within our society. This can lead to misunderstandings, prejudice, and conflict, and engender myths.   

If we work with community then we should know a little something about them, their ways, their histories and the barriers that exist for them

Chat with members of the Traveller & Gypsy communities and those that work with them.


  • To increase awareness about the cultural diversity of Gypsy/Traveller
  • To inspire and improve the services and provision delivered to Gypsy/Travellers communities and to generate trust and understanding between GRT communities and local authority service providers.
  • To challenge preconceptions  and reduce barriers to conflicts that can arise
  • To Understand differences in accommodation needs.


  • Apply knowledge to your own practice.
  • Strengthen rapport with the community in developing good practice, equality and inclusion.
  • Acknowledge the history and culture when determining sentence planning activities.
  • Create an inclusive environment free from discrimination.  


By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increase the understanding of the barriers that stand in the way of Gypsy, community achieving their full potential.
  • Identify obstacles and barriers in accessing education, health, employment, accommodation, safeguarding and other public services,
  • Strengthen the engagement with all agencies
  • Find out the history of the various groups of Travellers
  • Improve the outcomes for offenders from the Travelling community
  • Networking opportunities
  • Challenge the myths and preconceptions on the way the Gypsy community are portrayed
  • A chance to meet Gypsy, Roma and Travellers, listen to them speak about a variety of issues that affect their everyday life,
  • Ask questions directly to the Gypsy and Traveller community.
  • Improve relationships and understanding between the service user and the provider
  • Improve more meaningful engagement

More information

For further details please contact Pauline Burton at;