Friends, Families & Travellers report: Bridges and deserts, creating a solid foundation for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society

Friends, Families and Travellers release a new report which sheds light on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society micro-sector within the larger voluntary sector. The report (pdf) shows that there are significant gaps in provision of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller specific support around the country.

Between October 2020 and 2021, Friends, Families & Travellers carried out research into the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society. This research sought to map this micro-sector to better our understanding of the type and size of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller equality organisations in the UK.

The research found that over a quarter of organisations identified as being part of or partially involved with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society micro-sector have ceased to exist since 2005. The organisations which are still providing services are situated in just a small number of geographical areas, leaving ‘deserts’ with no provision.

This report outlines the main findings of the research, with the purpose of informing funders and others wishing to support, sustain and strengthen civil society and achieve real change.

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