London Gypsy Traveller Unit - North and East London boroughs

London Gypsy and Traveller Unit

"Seeking to support, empower and represent Gypsies and Travellers on all levels"

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What's new?

Our workshops go from strength to strength with an emphasis on learning how to become Self Employed through an application of practical skills.

In the run up to Christmas we ran a 6 week course introducing young women to Floristry and learning skills in becoming self employed. The focus of the workshops was to equip young women with creative skills and an understanding of what is needed to start a business from home. All produced beautiful work and showed interest and enthusiasm for how they could take floristry further. The business element of the course allows for an understanding of market research, promoting a product, using social media to support your new business as well as using it to sell your products. This two tier model of creative skills, coupled with business skills, was hugely valued by course participants.

We are hoping to run many more courses in 2017 and 2018 using this model. Please contact Clemmie for more details.

Planning Report
Last year in July we launched our Planning for the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in London report which highlights our experiences in working on planning policy issues over the last 4 years. The report presents the challenges facing Gypsy and Traveller site provision in London and gives examples of best practice as well as recommendations for policy makers at local, London-wide and national level.

Our Purpose

Based in Hackney, we are a vibrant, effective and efficient charity with a mission to support, empower and represent Gypsies and Travellers on all levels. We address the social exclusion of London's Gypsy and Traveller communities and challenge the discrimination they routinely experience by supporting Gypsies and Travellers living on sites and in houses, to have greater control over their lives, to increase their capacity to influence decisions that affect them and widen their opportunities. In partnership with the Traveller community, and in working with a range of trusted partners, we use our grass-roots knowledge and experience to contribute to the development of local, regional and national policy. Originally a project with Save the Children from 1981, we became a charity in our own right in 1998.

Our activities cover four broad themes

  • Homes - We deliver a twice weekly accommodation advice service and campaign for culturally suitable homes through our community development and planning and policy work.
  • Work - We create pathways into training, employment and support traditional trades through the delivery of our training programmes. This includes IT, literacy and practical skills for adults and vocational training for young people.
  • Young Voices - Through our well established youth programme for young Travellers in north east London, we strive to create a safe place where young people believe in themselves and make informed choices
  • Equality - We strengthen the voice of London's Gypsies and Travellers through our activist training and leadership programme in order to equip community representatives with the skills and confidence to represent their community, increase their understanding of policies and legislation, challenge discrimination and gain recognition. Learning to engage with mainstream media is key to challenging the negative stereotyping.

Annual Report

Our latest Annual Report 2016 describes another successful year for the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit where we continued to support, empower and represent Gypsies and Travellers at all levels.

Previous Annual Reports

Many thanks to our Current Funders

BBC Children in Need
Hackney Learning Trust (LB Hackney)

Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme
Jack Petchey
LB Tower Hamlets
LB Hackney

Cabinet Office's Local Sustainability Fund
The Henry Smith Charity
Trust for London
Tudor Trust
Wakefield Tetley Trust