Travellers in West Yorkshire, we need your help!

My name is Grace and I work at Leeds Gate a charity working to support Gypsy and Travellers. We need your help to make sure that our young people in West Yorkshire get the best possible chance to reach their full potential!

We are working with Northumbria University, Buckinghamshire New University, together with partners from ACERT and NEON to find out more about the challenges that young Gypsy, Roma and Travellers face in education and the things that work to help our young people in West Yorkshire. 

The research is looking at how young people get into higher education, what helps them be successful and what supports them to go further in education. 

If you’re a young person or a parent or relation of a young person aged 14- 25 in education in West Yorkshire we would love to hear from you. You can help us by sharing your experiences in education the good and bad. 

This research will help advise educators on what works for our young people and what doesn’t and create more knowledge that can support our children to get the beat deal possible deal in education. 

Get in touch by calling Leeds Gate on 01132 402444 or email

Professionals help improve outreach and support in West Yorkshire

If you’re a professional working to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people aged 14-25 in West Yorkshire we really need your help to complete an online survey.

The findings will be written up into a report for Go Higher West Yorkshire and used to inform outreach and support activities for GRTSB communities in the area. Your knowledge will be hugely helpful in understanding what works and how current  provision can improve opportunities for young people. We look forward to receiving your responses!   

My names Grace and I work at Leeds Gate a charity working to help improve the life’s of Gypsy and Travellers. At the moment we are working on a piece of research with Northumbria University, Buckinghamshire New University, together with partners from ACERT and NEON. We want to better understand the barriers and enablers to higher education access, success and progression for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller – and also Showmen and Boater young people in West Yorkshire. 

Innovative online resource launched

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller LGBTQ+ Spoken History Archive

This unique initiative by the Romani Cultural & Arts Company brings to light the important, fascinating and often moving stories told by members of the global Gypsy, Roma and Traveller LGBTQ+ community, highlighting the valuable roles they play and celebrating the intersectional heritage, culture and experiences from across the world.

It is the result of research carried out by the RCAC, with the support of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture.

This timely project gives long overdue voice to the often hidden that our community members carry with them and at the same time offers greater insight into the wider Gypsy, Roma and Traveller experience—insight which feels particularly relevant during this current period of social isolation during global pandemic. 

The RIBA Foundation in Architecture

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Foundation in Architecture is a very unique, affordable course, delivered all online and differs substantially from full time education. Here below is a comparative table outlining the key differences. This will enable foundation level students to make the most appropriate choices that best suit them.

Dr Maria Faraone, an ACERT member, is a Senior Lecturer in the Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture. She is Programme Director for the RIBA Studio which is a practice-based route to qualification as an Architect.

The course she runs has been specifically designed to give young people without formal qualifications and with limited finances the opportunity to develop their skills and understand the career opportunities in architecture.