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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.

To get involved, please contact us. 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.

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

If you want to get involved in our continuing works, either with this or in other areas to ensure your voice is heard, you can contact us.

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).

Census 2021 - 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.

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.

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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.

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: