What does family mean to you?

Norfolk GRT Service have developed some resources for this years GRTHM theme of ‘What Does Family Mean to You?’

These include creating a family crest with Children and Young People (CYP) in schools and exploring poetry, creating poems that share the meaning of family with others.

Information about these resources can be found in the ‘Celebrations, Displays and Assemblies’ section on their GRT Cultural Resources padlet.

Come and join St Stephens Primary School Preston’s Live Zoom Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month assembly!

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 14:30

St Stephen’s Primary School in Preston couldn’t be prouder of their Gypsy, Roma and Traveller students and families.

Click to book your spot on the Zoom call,

Every year the school’s Traveller community work alongside other staff and students at the school to plan and deliver a special assembly to mark Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month and to celebrate the rich history and culture that Travellers bring to the school.

This year, for the first time ever, St Stephens would love to share their assembly with you and your school community too!

You don’t have to be in Preston, or even in Lancashire, because St Stephens are going to broadcast the whole assembly on Zoom so that people from all over the world have the opportunity to share and celebrate or even learn something new about this often-overlooked community.

So whether you have a GRT population in your school or not, why not get your class or even your whole school together and use the opportunity to come and enjoy watching St Stephens’ Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month assembly?

To book your spot on the Zoom call, follow this link https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu2tqzorGtL0j75WmL5TYFb8D303tyBW#/registration and sign up for the Zoom broadcast!

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2024

Please send details of events you would like to share with ACERT members and supporters.

Download our GRTHM participation packs below:
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2024 Brochure
Education Pack for Schools and Prisons 
Digital Engagement Pack (including social templates!)
Timeline of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller histories
Template images: for individuals Twitter and Instagram, for organisations Twitter and Instagram
Chatteris Museum (Cambs) is currently in partnership with OneVoice4Travellers, exploring the embedded histories of Travellers in the Chatteris area, running from March 2024 to the end of the year. I attach details of our pop-up in June that may be of interest. Other free activities will be happening over the summer. The project will be on display in the Museum from September.
Writing Gypsy History – Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month Event 
Thursday 06 June 2024 15:00 – 17:00
Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, 83 New Elvet, Durham, DH1 3AQ
Room: ER141

ACERT Education Network 28/2/24. 

Apologies: Sue Mutter

Attendance: Anne Walker, Jolene Chisholm, Sam Hoban, Heather Bottomley. Esther Stubbs, Gibson, Safeenah, Ian Lake, Ellen Tout, Selina, Narvenka, Joseph McCarron-Shipman (TTM), Jonathan Green, Ngee, TJ Whittaker, Jethro, Rose Wilson, John Wilson, Selina Costello, Dee Cooper.

Introducing the Pledge

Heather Bottomley is dislexia tutor at Leeds Beckett University. A senior member pf the Equality team of GRT heritage had been working to introduce the Pledge, but had left her post and subsequently no further work was done to implement it. Heather would like to revive it and is seeking advice and contacts from the Network. 

Esther Stubbs is at Anglia Ruskin Uni which has implemented the pledge (led by David Smith at ARU and Margaret Greenfields nationally. Selina recommended Wendy Price at Sunderland University. Jethro reported some resistance to the pledge from UAE. Jon Tan is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett.

New Community Development team 

Jolene Chisholm began work in Aug 2023. as a member of the 15 strong team. The County Council have – been doing for ages but not Cambridge City.

She began by emailing 60 professionals and received generally positive responses. Set about organising advice sessions on Education, Finance, NHS, Vaccinations and Drop in clinics without appointments. Screening clinics. Avoiding waiting times. Red Table Talks – raising issues for families in a way they can engage with.. Getting a couple of GPs and possibly making a podcast. Trrip to National Horse Racing museum in GRT History Month. Pediatric First Aid course with 30 participants 

Jolene finds services want to reach out and she acts as a mediator. Margaret explained that the Mayor of Greater Cambridge is a doctor who was very supportive in the past and Mairéad Healy who used to be with TTM is an elected Councillor on Cambridge City Council, where she serves as the Executive Member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, Anti-poverty and Equalities; she was one of those who lobbied for the creation of Jolene’s post.

Dee Cooper founder of the Surrey Traveller Womens’ Health Group which runs drop in centre. NHS have asked her make films. Nurses have cultural awareness training.

John Wilson

When John moved to Orpington he found 70% of pupils in the school his children enrolled in were of GRT heritage. The Trav. Ed. Service used school as a hub. John became chair of Governors and raised awareness among school staff and families.

When Bromley Community project folded, NOVAS a small housing association took over the management of two small sites. They developed work across country, including the north of Ireland, where they managed group housing schemes; integrated into other housing projects.

In the late 60s and 70s, the Greater London Council built 47,000 homes on reclaimed marsh land, previously occupied by Travellers. Peabody is coordinating the process of regeneration doubling the capacity by 2050, and improving the quality of exisiting buildings..

There are many settled GRT families in Thamesmead and some keep horses. 4,500 people work for Peabody but only one identifies as GRT, although John knows of 6 or 7. He produces a newsletter with Peabody and in schools. Elder GRTs proud of their role in building Thamesmead. “Memories of the marshes” by Betsy Cooper. Thomas Acton also published a book of photographs and the Gypsy Council was formed in the area. John uses this information to work in Primary Schools and is developing an oral history project.