Big Lottery Fund – Women and girls project (Eastern Region)
Empowering Gypsy Traveller and Roma women and girls to enable change
This is a five-year project working across East Anglia with women and girls from the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community on issues of Domestic Violence. We are running a number of workshops and will have short-term emergency caravans to use.
One of the key aspects of this project is the purchase and use of our two ‘safe trailers’ (four-berth) which will be used by women and girls and depending upon size of family it may be possible on occasion to accommodate more than one family in a caravan i.e., maybe a small family/individual, depending upon the person and families/individual needs). The caravans will be used to give the person/family time to come to terms with what they are going through. We will work with them to look at all options available and what the likely outcome of that option will be. These caravans are not a long-term solution they will be an interim resource. They will be used by those wishing to exit the community and those in the process of returning to the community which may not include returning to the family home and helping them to begin the process of re-engagement into the extended family/community structure.
This will not be used as long-term accommodation but as part of a planned re-engagement process. Overall the caravans are predominately for the replacement of women and girls to make informed decisions about their future and how to positively move forward. The process of accessing the trailer will be on first come first served bases, however, if two families/individual request access at the same time they will be asked to share if practical to do so (i.e. room etc.). If this is not possible then those who have a history of nomadic living and thus have not previously lived in a house will be prioritized.
We also run group and one to one work across East Anglia to help women and girls from the community to develop their understanding and build their confidence.
Suffolk County Council – Building Bridges of understanding together we can achieve
Support concerning the end of life care for English Gypsies and Travellers
It involved English Gypsies and Travellers and healthcare professionals such as hospitals and hospices in Suffolk working within the End of Life Care remit sharing information and experiences of ‘End of Life Care’ in order to improve support for Gypsies and Travellers facing the end of life and their family members. The project will culminate in the production of 4 CD’s to help improve end of life care for GTR communities and a training pack available for health care professionals to access to assist future training requirements to allow health care professionals to be more culturally competent regarding Gypsies and Travellers and thus improve their ability to support Gypsies and Travellers facing end of life. To download any of the CD’s or the training pack, please click on the home page, then Suffolk Project page.
Working with Families in the Traveller and Gypsy Communities who have Drug and Alcohol Abuse Problems amongst their Young People
This is a three-year project based in Cambridgeshire and Fenland working with families who have parents of young people using drugs and alcohol.
It will involve both group and one-to-one work.
Of those engaged with approximately half will have someone who becomes an ‘Information advocate’ these will be in the community and will be giving information (on request) to members of the Gypsy and Traveller community on services available and how to access them.
Macmillan – Cancer project (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Essex)
One Voice 4 Travellers is undertaking this exciting pilot project for one year which requires us to set up and run an information dissemination project on how to access cancer information and services that offer help and support across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex. Within each county we will have two volunteer information advocates working within the community generating conversations around cancer and if needed signposting to the various services available.
Allen Lane – Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment (GATE) Norfolk
The project is based in Norfolk and aims to give a voice to women and girls from the Gypsy and Traveller and Roma community to enable them to talk, express and explore relationships in a safe and culturally competent environment on their experiences of domestic abuse, an area which is a very complex and sensitive within this community .
This project will help women and girls who are fearful and unable to speak freely about relationships and determine what is/is not acceptable in today’s society to understand how they can make positive changes and improve their situation. It will give them the opportunity to identify what constitutes abuse especially younger girls who may be suffering from coercion and control with actively knowing they are victims of abuse and help them to look at how they personally can identify personal boundaries, develop safeguarding management strategies within their own relationships and empower them to define their life and thus establish positive changes to help eliminate abuse and safeguarding concerns.