Guardian interview with Denisa Gannon

Denisa Gannon. Photograph: John Robertson for the Guardian

Denisa Gannon who participated in the Romed mediator training  organised by ACERT, and spoke at our annual mini-conference in 2015 in interviewed for Guardian Society by Catherine Baksi.

The article illustrates the struggles she experienced to qualify as a solicitor and the level of commitment and perseverance required to qualify. She also speaks of the challenges faced by Roma in the UK in the run-up to Brexit. 

Read the full article here

“Searching for the Travelling People” launch

Chair Rose McCarthy and a Vice-Chair Lisa Smith with Damian Le Bas and Thomas McCarthy

Our Chair Rose McCarthy and a Vice-Chair Lisa Smith attended the premiere of Searching for the Travelling people, a documentary created by The Rural Media Company the hosts of The Travellers’ Times.

TTs Editor-at-Large Damian Le Bas goes on a journey to re-visit the people and places visited by BBC documentary maker Charles Parker and folk singers Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl connected with more than 50 years ago to create a new ballad  for the modern Traveller. Romani and Traveller people featured in the film include an ACERT Vice-Chair Lisa Smith, Richard O’Neill, Billy Welch. Samson Rattigan, Delaine Le Bas and Jess Smith.

To find out more and get your copy of the DVD visit TTs new heritage pages.

Improving outcomes for Gypsy Roma and Traveller Communities


ACERT has been asked to publicise a small funding stream opened by 3 government departments. ACERT is developing its own bid, but would be happy to cooperate with other organisations and individuals who have ideas they would like to develop.

The Department for Communities and Local Government, in collaboration with the Department for Education and the Department of Health, intends to run a pilot programme of work to improve the outcomes of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

We are looking for six pilot projects in the areas of community cohesion, educational attainment and health outcomes, and welcome bids from organisations with the vision and capability to deliver such interventions. To be eligible to receive the grant, an organisation must be a registered charity or have a charitable purpose. The successful bidder will also need to have a demonstrable record in delivering projects and working with Gypsy, Roma or Traveller communities, and have a credible community presence.

The deadline for application is 18 February 2018. To apply, please complete the attached application form, and return it by the deadline to Please ensure you quote ref. “GRT fund” in your subject heading.

We strongly encourage all applicants to familiarise themselves with the programme specifications and the weighting of the selection criteria before submitting a formal bid.

All bidders will have the opportunity to receive impartial feedback on one draft application from officials in one of the three Departments; if this is of interest, please email by 4 February 2018.

To support bidders with their applications, we are also organising a workshop on 19 January, 2:30-5pm. To reserve a place, please email

We recommend you publish the above message, along with the attached supporting documents, on your organisations’ websites, and maintain it for a period of at least two weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Julia Minulescu

Integration and Faith Division
Department for Communities and Local Government