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Gypsy and Traveller

Definition

 

'Persons of a nomadic habit of life whatever their race or origin, including such persons who on grounds of their family's or dependents' educational or health needs or old age have ceased to travel temporarily or permanently, but

excluding members of an organised group of travelling show people or circus people travelling together as such.'  (GTAA)


Romani and Roma Gypsies

The Roma originally came from the Indian subcontinent, which they left about a thousand years ago. They entered Europe in the 13th Century. When they arrived in Europe they were thought to be from Egypt and were called Egyptians, which is where the word "Gypsy" comes from.

Irish Travellers

Irish Travellers are a distinct ethnic minority community and have a separate identity, culture, history and language. They have a long shared history that dates back to the Eleventh Century.

New Travellers

New Travellers is a term to define those groups of people that did not have a tradition of travelling and yet adopted this life style, which began in the 1970's for various reasons.

Circus Families

The circus is a tradition and has its own families that have been born into this tradition, similar to Showpeople. Many families specialise in particular skills but also contribute to the whole performance by taking on a variety of roles

Fairground and Showmen

The Fairground Community, known as 'Showpeople', have a long tradition of working the Fairs, many of which are hundreds of years old. Many families have winter quarters, usually yards, where they can over winter and repair the Rides and prepare for the next season.

Definitions obtained from: http://www.grtleeds.co.uk/Culture/communities.html

 

GTAA

 

Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) undertaken by Fordham Research on behalf of Cornwall County Council, Caradon, Carrick, Kerrier, North Cornwall and Penwith District Councils, and Restormel Borough Council. It provides an overview of the accommodation situation for Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall, estimates the extent of need and also makes recommendations for improving the provision of accommodation and services to Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall.

 

Full report can be obtained from: http://www.southwest-ra.gov.uk

 

Links

TravellerSpace is an independent voluntary organisation supporting Gypsies, Irish Travellers and New Travellers in Cornwall and the South West to access the services and opportunities available to the wider community and to have a voice in decision and policy making processes.

Travellers Times Online brings you the latest news, pictures, video, opinion and resources from within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.It has been developed by The Rural Media Company, funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and launched on International Roma Day - 8th April 2009.

The Irish Travellers Movement in Britain seeks to raise the profile of Irish Travellers in Britain and increase their say in decision making processes and forums. The ITMB seeks to challenge discrimination and develop national policies that ensure the inclusion of Irish Travellers in all levels of society.

Irish Travellers are an ethnic minority group who have been part of Irish and British society for many centuries. Irish Travellers are recognised in English law as an ethnic group and protected under the Race Relations Act. Irish Travellers are a highly excluded minority

Traveller Law Reform Project - In 2006, Friends Families and Travellers, The Irish Traveller Movement and the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit, established the Traveller Law Reform Project, to help bring about positive changes in the law in relation to the rights and needs of all the Gypsy and Traveller communities and to monitor the implementation of current legislation.

The Gypsy Council - After many years of supporting and working in the educational rights of Gypsy people, the organisation was becoming increasingly involved in other issues which directly affected the educational prospects and advancement of Gypsy children and their families, e.g., the lack of legal stopping places, inadequate and unhealthy official sites, racism, inefficient health care, government and institutional harassment. At the annual general meeting in 1991, it was voted unanimously to change the name of the organisation to, The Gypsy Council for Education, Culture, Welfare and Civil Rights, to reflect the full extent of the work it does.

Friends, Families and Travellers - seek to end racism and discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers, whatever their ethnicity, culture or background, whether settled or mobile, and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.


Inclusion Cornwall will look forward, challenge barriers and poor practices. Increase understanding, participation and improve the quality of life within Cornwall.

 

 

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