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HEARING THE VOICE OF GYPSIES AND                                TRAVELLERS             Gypsy and Traveller Community Organ...
Big Society?             • The Gypsy and community spokesperson Gloria               Buckley MBE, reflecting on the Coalit...
Who Are the Gypsies and Travellers?•     300,000 Gypsies, Irish Travellers in Britain•     One of the most excluded groups...
Exclusion and Community                   Development• Bonding forms of social capital – boundaries• The Traveller Economy...
Inclusive Forms of Community Development• The GRT third sector – moving away from NGOisation• Positive action – employment...
Looking to the Future•   Cutbacks and funding•   Localism•   UK inter-ministerial report – non consultation•   The Europea...
Further Reading – See TSRC Papers• Paper 63: UK Gypsies and Travellers and the third sector, Dr  Andrew Ryder (July 2011)•...
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Gypsies and travellers, tsrc equalities below the radar

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Gypsies and travellers, tsrc equalities below the radar

  1. 1. HEARING THE VOICE OF GYPSIES AND TRAVELLERS Gypsy and Traveller Community Organisations: History, Issues and Futures Dr Andrew Ryder (Research Fellow, University of Bristol and TSRC Associate Fellow - A.R.Ryder@bristol.ac.uk Funded by:Hosted by:
  2. 2. Big Society? • The Gypsy and community spokesperson Gloria Buckley MBE, reflecting on the Coalition Government flagship policy entitled the ’Big Society’, commented: • ‘I don’t know what ‘Big Society’ is. If, as has been suggested, it is local communities, neighbourhoods and families looking after each other, then Gypsies and Travellers have always been members of a Big Society; it has been the only one we could rely on’ (Ryder, et al., 2011, 39). Funded by:Hosted by:
  3. 3. Who Are the Gypsies and Travellers?• 300,000 Gypsies, Irish Travellers in Britain• One of the most excluded groups in society (CRE, 2006, Cemlyn et al, 2009).• Life-expectancy is 10 – 12 years less than for members of the settled community (Van Cleemput, 2008)• Profound educational exclusion in school.In 2007 15.6% of Irish Travellers and 14 % of Gypsy/ Roma achieved 5+ A*-C GSCEs or GNVQs compared to 59.3% of all pupils (DCSF 2008).• One fifth of caravan dwelling population has no authorised sites
  4. 4. Exclusion and Community Development• Bonding forms of social capital – boundaries• The Traveller Economy• PaternalismArnstein’s Ladder of Participation• Ethnogenesis – 1966 The Gypsy Council• Charismatic leadership• 20 Gypsy and Traveller groups on the charities register
  5. 5. Inclusive Forms of Community Development• The GRT third sector – moving away from NGOisation• Positive action – employment – role models – gender• Asset based community development – search conferences – forums – panels – support – social enterprise• Tenants and Residents’Associations• Links with service providers ‘personalisation’• Roma groups
  6. 6. Looking to the Future• Cutbacks and funding• Localism• UK inter-ministerial report – non consultation• The European Framework for Roma Integration Strategies
  7. 7. Further Reading – See TSRC Papers• Paper 63: UK Gypsies and Travellers and the third sector, Dr Andrew Ryder (July 2011)• Paper 84: Hearing the voice of Gypsies and Travellers: the history, development and challenges of Gypsy and Traveller tenants and residents’ associations (2012)• Discussion Paper: THE REAL BIG SOCIETY: Gypsy Traveller Tenants and Residents’ Associations and the Role Of Social Capital and Empowerment in Reversing Exclusion

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