UK360 - Episode 47 - GRT Special

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29 May 2013, 01:08

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Gypsy Council vice chair Candy Sheridan hosts a special episode of UK360 from Dale Farm, which features a collection of inspiring stories from Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities.


In the West Midlands we meet Emma, who tells us about the prejudice she has faced school and in the community due to her travelling background. She mentions Traveller's Times, a magazine which publishes the latest news, events and cultural articles about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities – the majority of which is written by people from these communities. For more information, see:

In Scotland, the living conditions of Gypsy and Traveller communities have been the subject of a recent inquiry by the Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee. The committee found gypsies and travellers suffered from marginalisation and poor facilities, while calliing for greater action from the Scottish government and a national campaign to raise awareness of the problem. For more information, see:

Community Foundation Northern Ireland and BoldFace Productions gave young people in Derry and Belfast a chance to voice their concerns on current issues. In this film, young members of the travelling community worked with non-travellers to explore the prejudices they face. For more information, see:

Life has become difficult for Roma people since the start of the economic downturn, with continued racism, discrimination, deportations and evictions. On 8 April 2013, more than 100 people demonstrated at London's Kensington Gardens to celebrate the annual Roma Nation Day, and to stand up for their basic human rights. For more information, see:

We speak to Sonny and Paula Leveridge, who generously provided a private campsite for families with children, and Tracey Kidd who is trying to get permission for a five-pitch site on land her family has lived on for generations. We hear about the importance of obtaining permission from the local authority in order to avoid being forcibly evicted, and from members of the gypsy community about their experience of dealing with the planning system. For more information, see:

Finally, a journalist from the Traveller's Times visits the 2013 Stow Fair to talk to a representative from Macmillan Cancer Trust, with the famous charity encouraging Travellers to talk to them about cancer; get access to good healthcare; and speak openly about a serious issue for Gypsy Traveller communities. For more information, see:

Remember, if you have a film that highlights an inspiring project in your community, email us at and it might make it to a future programme. 


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