Promoting equality and rights for British Gypsies and Travellers in the UK (2006 - present)
Building upon the success of a Western European Regional Workshop on Policing in Relation to Roma, Gypsy and Traveller Communities which took place in Derbyshire, UK in November 2006, European Dialogue has been commissioned to
Relations between police and Gypsy and Traveller communities throughout the
This successful project has worked to improve liaison, trust, mutual respect and understanding between police and Travellers, to enable sustainable support to improve and inform policing. The inclusion of Gypsy and Traveller communities in police training, and the establishment of strategic partnerships have both been cornerstones of this work.
Building on these positive initiatives, European Dialogue has been commissioned by the Home Office, Communities and Local Government, and National Police Improvement Agency to produce a practical guidance booklet on policing in relation to Gypsies and Irish Travellers to be distributed to all forces across
The target audience for this booklet will be front-line police officers in
Extensive consultation with both members of the community and police officers will be an essential component in producing the booklet. European Dialogue is aiming to publish the booklet in the autumn of 2007.
This project aims to build the capacity of a national level network the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups to give the marginalized Gypsy and Traveller community a stronger and united voice to represent their interests at local, regional and national levels, and in international activities.
The Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups (the ‘Federation’) is a national level network of British Romany Gypsy community representatives. The Federation was set up in May 2006, after the Travellers Law Reform Coalition a UK-based network which primarily lobbied Parliament for Gypsy and Traveller rights was disbanded by the G/T participants. The Federation is currently hosted on a voluntary basis by the Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group. Consultation with grass roots Gypsy and Traveller communities is fed into this structure through the National Federation of Gypsy and Traveller Groups Forum, which allows groups and individuals who are not aligned with any group/movement to represent their views.
This project will build the capacity of the Federation by developing and enhancing skills required to support a programme of structured activities.
The project will take place in three distinct phases, over 15 months:
In Phase 1 we will identify the regional steering groups and supporting them in carrying out in-depth consultation with Gypsy and Traveller communities across
In Phase 2 we will develop Local Action Plans (LAPs), on the basis of the needs identified in Phase 1, and presenting them to the relevant local, regional and national authorities.
In Phase 3 we will identify models of good practice developed under Phases 1 & 2, and develop policy responses to be proposed to UK government, and to be brought forward through participation in government-level Gypsy and Traveller working groups, and to raise the issues with European institutions based in Brussels.
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