Friends, Families and Travellers

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To support and provide activities for Gypsy/Traveller kids, some of the most excluded and marginalised young people within UK society today. They may live on remote sites, without access to public transport and no opportunities for mixing with other young people outside their immediate family group.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1112326)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

Situation

Many Gypsy and Traveller kids get very few opportunities to mix with other young people due to a combination of circumstances. Traveller sites are often remote, no public transport and the kids are unable to access the facilities that most young people take for granted. Very often the school experience can be a negative one - 85% of Gypsy and Traveller children have experienced racial abuse (Childrens Society Report) and exclusions from school are much higher than the national average.

Solution

Our outreach work across Sussex enables Gypsy and Traveller children and young people to engage in mainstream leisure and recreational pursuits, many of which have an education/training element. Getting young Gypsies and Travellers to engage with their local communities breaks down barriers and paves the way for better understanding between the settled and travelling communities. This is long term work rather than a short term project but we have changed the lives of many kids in the Sussex area