Turning the tide of inequality conference speakers

Free day conference to discuss how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and ACERT should respond to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee report Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Saturday,  28th September 2019
9:30am – 4:00pm

Lecture Theatre One,
Kings College London,
Bush House,
30 Aldwych,
London WC2B 4BG

Agreed speakers

Lisa Smith ACERT chair Chair’s report and introduction to the day
Arthur Ivatts Education consultant and former schools inspector Review of the Women’s and Equalities Committee inquiry Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities’ recommendations.
Pauline Anderson Director of Learning and Skills at Derby County Council Gypsy Roma and Traveller Education: A Good Practice guide (produced by The Traveller Movement)
Lucy Hood & Vasile Sandu
St Matthews Primary school, Ipswich 
Innovative and successful ways St Matthews is working to improve outcomes for Roma children.
Nick Radu
Mentor and teacher
Inclusion of Roma children in East London schools
Chelsea McDonough
Masters student, Kings college
Gypsy Roma and Traveller experiences in Higher education
Tyler Hatwell

ACERT trustee and activist

Education for show people
Rose Wilson, Shaynie Larwood, Beatrice White Education activists in Cambridgeshire Delivering a broad range of information and services to Gypsies and Travellers
Nancy Prentice, Andrew Wilkie Prison Radio Association Making “On the road” podcast and its impact
Nicola Hay  PhD Candidate, University of the West of Scotland Talking to young Roma, Gypsy & Traveller people about careers
Colin Clark ProfessorSchool of Media, Culture and Society,University of the West of Scotland Building a campaign around the review conclusions.

Chrissie Browne 

ACERT Trustee and activist Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Student Lead in the Widening Participation Department at King’s College London.
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Casting call for community film making project

Travellers’ Times and Rural Media have launched a new film project exploring health and well-being from the perspectives of young Travellers. Its Kushti to Rokker is a community film project looking to cast young actors and actresses from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds.

Romani Gypsies and Travellers are raising their voices to bring issues facing young people in their communities into the public debate. They’re sharing their personal stories and lived experiences to inspire and co-create five short dramas aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds speaking out about mental health.

As part of this project we are now looking for five individuals aged 13 – 25 years old to play lead roles. 

if your interested email  lisas@ruralmedia.co.uk for more information.


Auditions: Tuesday 16th July 2019 1:30 – 4pm
(Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)

Shooting Starts: 2nd September 2019
Shooting Ends: 6th September 2019

Production title: Its Kushti to Rokker 
Project length: Short Films (3-5 minutes each)
Posted on: Monday 1st July 2019
Production location: Worcestershire
Production Company: Rural Media/Travellers’ Times 
Company website:  https://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/
Audition Location:  Rural Media Packers House, West St, Hereford HR4 0BX
Shooting Location: Worcestershire
Email: Lisas@ruralmedia.co.uk 

The films will be submitted to a variety of film festivals and will be part of a national resource for schools and mental health charities designed to highlight some of the challenges that young people experience inside and outside of school. 

We will provide a fee and all travel expenses will be covered.