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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Earlier this month, the Government released two new energy grants, which some site residents can apply to. However, Gypsies and Travellers living on roadside camps and itinerant Boaters still can’t access financial energy help.

We don’t think this is fair, and have launched a campaign asking people to write to their MPs, calling for the grants to be made available to everyone. We hope that you’ll join us in calling for much-needed change.

Our Outreach Team has also been busy developing an exciting new project involving young people, and an International Irish Traveller Day may even be on the horizon!

Kind regards,

Sarah Mann

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Help us make energy support available to all

The Government has excluded Gypsies and Travellers living on roadside camps and itinerant Boaters from receiving financial energy support. Help us change this with just a few clicks – email your MP now.

FFT warns UN that children’s rights have worsened in UK

We highlighted the inequalities Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children face in a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. More

International Irish Traveller Day

A group of Irish Traveller campaigners are calling for an International Irish Traveller Day, to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Irish Travellers worldwide. Have your say here.

Outreach Team launch new youth projectWorking with East Sussex Community Voice, our Outreach Team has developed a new Youth Social Action project, to equip Gypsy and Traveller children and young people with the skills to develop solutions to the issues they face.

Update from the APPG
APPG on social mobilityAPPG member Peter Gibson MP spoke up in a Westminster Hall debate in support of his Gypsy, Roma and Traveller constituents in Darlington. The Government was asked how it would ensure equal opportunities are available to everyone, allowing them to prosper no matter their background. Watch.

Friends, Families and Travellers act as Secretariat to the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.

Health and Wellbeing
Type 1 diabetes research

We want to hear from Romany, Irish Traveller or nomadic people with Type 1 diabetes, to help better the support available. Contact us for more info.

Health and Wellbeing Alliance: Cost of Living Crisis ReportThe VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance has released a new report on how the cost of living crisis is impacting health and wellbeing. Read.

Social Prescriber Link Workers Needed

If you’re a Social Prescriber with experience of working with Gypsy, Roma or Traveller people, we’d like your input. Get involved.

Events and Opportunities
Young community member awarded for kindness

7-year-old Chaseyboy Smith received an Extra Special Recognition certificate for being an amazing Ambassador of Dignity. Read.

Community Participatory Action Researchers Needed

Health Education England is offering a Training and Mentoring programme for researchers interested in how the cost of living crisis is impacting marginalised communities. Apply.

Rural Homelessness report

English Rural highlight a surge in homelessness across rural areas in new report. More.

CIVICUS Monitor Annual Report

CIVICUS Monitor has released a new annual report, which points to the obstruction of civic freedoms in the UK. Read.

Changing Chalk Community Grants Scheme

Changing Chalk are offering up to £5,000 in funding to groups with initiatives which help people enjoy and look after the nature and cultural heritage of the South Downs. More here.

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