Community Organisation For Gypsy, Roma and Travellers
"Nothing About Us, Without Us"
Our mission is to build a sustainable organisation that provides leadership both locally and nationally in addressing the disadvantage and discrimination that GRT communities experience. GATE Herts will support and empower GRT communities to bring about this change.
WHAT WE DO
GATE is a Community-led organisation working in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas to promote awareness of the issues that affect the Gypsy Traveller Communities.
That Gypsy Roma and Travellers are heard, Included and Valued in all areas of life.
We work collaboratively to address the issues affecting our Accommodation, Health, Education, Employment, and circumstances within UK society.
We develop the capacity and skills of Gypsy and Traveller people in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet their needs and to participate more fully in society.
GATE Herts thrives because it is guided by these core values. It:
Is led by Gypsy-Travellers for Gypsy-Travellers
Believes in equality and inclusion
Works in collaboration
Supports the development of community leadership
Supports social justice and participation.
Volunteer at GATE Herts
We encourage applications from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and will offer an interview to applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role.
GATE Herts is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and the successful applicant will need to undertake an enhanced DBS criminal record check.
WE AIM TO IMPROVE
Training for Adults and Young People in education providing new opportunities
Supporting the health and well-being of the GRT community
Working with residents to try to obtain the services and rights they are entitled to.
Supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people into employment.
How Gypsy Roma and Travellers are Disadvantaged
Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities are widely considered to be among the most socially excluded communities in the UK. They have a much lower life expectancy than the general population, with Traveller men and women living 10-12 years less than the wider population.
Travellers have higher rates of infant mortality, maternal death and stillbirths than the general population. They experience racist sentiment in the media and elsewhere, which would be socially unacceptable if directed at any other minority community. Ofsted considers young Travellers to be one of the groups most at risk of low attainment in education.
Government services rarely include Traveller views in the planning and delivery of services.
Watch this video by Travellers Times made for Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month 2021: