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Gypsy, Roma and Travellers in Enfield

The Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) population is generally recognised as one of the most marginalised groups in society. Enfield has a long-standing GRT population, and we want to engage and empower these communities. We are here to listen, and by working together and having better conversations we can become stronger, and turn your voice into action.

We want to make everyone’s lives better and improve inclusivity across the entire borough. To help us do this, we’ve set up the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Project Board.

What we will be doing

The main purpose of the board is to bring together a cross-section of the community, including professionals, GRT advocates and GRT members, to proactively support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller residents in Enfield.

The focus of the board will be to:

  • improve the quality of health
  • improve education
  • improve housing
  • enhance community development initiatives

We are concerned about the low level of engagement from GRT communities. This is acting as a barrier to accessing services, which can contribute to a poor quality of life.

We’ve already been working with groups to get insight and feedback, but we need more so we can build the right services for your community.

We have nine working groups with a focus on:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Site Delivery
  • Education
  • Community Engagement
  • Equalities Monitoring
  • Community Safety
  • Heritage and Culture
  • Financial Inclusion and Employment
  • Census Working Group

If you want to get involved with the GRT Board, contact us.

You can view ongoing updates in our latest news. More information will be available in 2021.

Did you know that there are 300,000 Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in the UK – that’s one in every 200 people.

This includes Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers, Scottish Gypsies and Travellers, Welsh Gypsies and Travellers, New Travellers, Liveaboard Boaters, Travelling Showpeople and Roma people.

The Census 2021 is coming, which will help us understand the size of the GRT communities. We will report these findings next year.

Roads from the Past

Other resources

Events

To commemorate the Romani Flag 50th Anniversary, we need people from the community to share their ideas for the virtual cultural event on 8 April 2021. We’re also putting plans in place to celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month in June.

These are two important cultural events for Enfield residents and we want the community to be involved as much as possible.

Details on the event and how to join will be available in March. Contact us with ideas or if you would like to volunteer with our Heritage and Culture Focus Group.

Funding for local groups

If you’re trying to get a project off the ground that supports your community, Open4Community is a one-stop shop for funding information. It is a free service which aims to empower community and voluntary groups to take control of their future and ensure that projects can progress.

For more information or help using the portal, visit Open4Community or email TSD@enfield.gov.uk.

GRT LGBTQ+ Spoken History Archive

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company has developed a new online archive of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller LGBTQ+ spoken history.

This archive brings together the important and moving stories told by members of the GRT LGBTQ+ community and celebrates their heritage, culture and experiences from around the world.

To read the stories, visit Romani Cultural & Arts Company.

Stories of Enfield project

Stories of Enfield celebrates the cultural heritage of all communities and residents. We want the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community to be a part of it. We’re currently looking for steering committee members to help guide the project, so this is your chance to get involved.

For more information and to apply to be a committee member, view the Steering Committee opportunity document (PDF). The application deadline is 14 March 2021.

Here you will find regular updates and news from our ongoing work and relationships between you, the community, and cross sector services. So please continue to revisit this page.

Accommodation Needs Assessment

During 2020, we spoke with our GRT communities and with service providers, to prepare a report to identify Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs in Enfield.

We now understand the needs for residential pitches and transit provision, and are looking at options for how to deliver them.

View the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment 2020 (PDF).

EU Settled Status

We understand that many of you may have questions about settled status after Brexit. For help or more information, visit our Enfield and Brexit page.

If you would like help, or need us to complete the Census for you, please contact us.

This page will be updated in 2021, as we work across health and all other service areas.

2021 National lockdown measures

Doctors of the World have provided translation PDFs in the following languages:

More translations will be added soon. They will be available by visiting Doctors of the World.

To see the Covid-19 Roadmap to recovery, view the Gypsy & Traveller Empowerment Hertfordshire (GATE Herts) Facebook page

Other resources

Could you be a Health Champion?

We’ve already been working with the community to understand your accommodation needs. Now we’re looking for Health Champions to help us learn your needs around health.

A Health Champion is someone based in the community who works to raise awareness of important health issues to you and to your community. We can offer you training and support, so please let us know if you want to help.

Domestic or sexual abuse

The Solace Women’s Aid Irish & Irish Traveller Project provides free, confidential and specialist support for women and girls of Irish descent in London, over the phone and in person. They and also run workshops to raise awareness about domestic and sexual abuse for Irish and Irish Traveller women and young people.

For more information, view the Solace Women’s Aid leaflet (PDF) or call 0808 802 5565.

Mental health and suicide awareness

Coronavirus has had an impact on all our lives and taking care of your mental health is as important as ever.

GP access

Everyone has the right to register and receive treatment from a GP practice. You can use this NHS digital card (PDF) when you go to a GP surgery, if you have any health concerns.

Have your say

We want to make sure the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities are proudly represented within the Census 2021. Now is the time to use your voice and make an impact. We also want to reassure you that no identifiable information will be released for 100 years, so you can safely participate.

We really want to understand our communities so we can better serve you and have access to more funding to deliver local services.

View the Census 2021 poster (PDF).

Workshop – stand up and be counted

The Traveller Movement are hosting a free workshop to explain how to fill in this year’s census, on Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 5.30pm.

The session will be co-hosted by Roma Support Group and will include speakers from the Office for National Statistics.

Too book your place, register online by visiting the Traveller Movement webinar registration.

You can view the census information in the following languages:

We’re always looking for ways to listen better and work closely with you. If you want to participate in our work, or get in touch to talk about any of the topics on this page, please use the contact details below: