Online Cultural Competency Training

Drawing on our experience of delivering Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Awareness training to over 700 organisations and Local Authorities in the United Kingdom, we have developed an online learning programme which targets the key themes and questions arising amongst service providers about Gypsies and Travellers. The course is ideal for members of the statutory, voluntary or private sector wishing to engage or work more effectively with Gypsies and Travellers.

The course contains four modules:

  1. Gypsy and Traveller History and Culture;
  2. Challenges faced by Gypsies and Travellers;
  3. Positive Strategy – Accessing Services; and
  4. Positive Strategy – Participation.

Each module contains generalisable principles for better practice and learning opportunities about Gypsy and Traveller history, culture and more. The course can be completed in around 60 – 90 minutes and on completion, learners will receive a certificate to demonstrate their new knowledge and understanding of the Gypsy and Traveller culture and community.

Learning outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of culture, traditions and history of the Gypsy and Traveller communities;
  • A better understanding of diversity within the Gypsy and Traveller communities;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues or barriers in education, health, employment, accommodation, safeguarding and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to Gypsy and Traveller communities;
  • Improved understanding of how to engage effectively with the Gypsy and Traveller communities and what they can do to address exclusion and ensure inclusion in the delivery of services.

The training package allows it’s users to access learning at a time and place that suits them and offers cost savings for organisations and local authorities. read more

Thomas McCarthy – Traveller Story and Song

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy spent his childhood travelling and living in Ireland and England and learnt his songs and stories from his family. He is internationally recognised for his wonderful authentic style of singing.

Thomas’ stories and songs are recommended particularly for children between the ages of 7-12. (Key Stage 2 and year 7)  His sessions are approximately 1 hour with groups of up to and around 30 children.

“Thomas builds a real rapport with groups. He doesn’t just sing and tell stories. He engages children in discussion and understanding around Traveller culture.” Eileen Mullervy, Lead Teacher, Lancashire Ethnic Minority/Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement Service.

For further information or booking: email Nicky Snell at nickysnell@yahoo.co.uk or ring/leave a message on 01524 389574 or 07508389428 read more

Gypsy VC recognised

There was a Black History Month event in Sanctuary Buildings this month which will be opened by the Secretary of State and the Permanent Secretary and at which homage will be paid to Gypsy John (Jack) Cunningham  who won the VC in WW1.

I thought that the article below might be of interest in Black History Month. It is about Rab Howell.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-27490919

I came across it after reading about the unveiling yesterday of a statue of  Arthur Wharton, the world’s first Black professional  footballer at the National Football Museum. read more