Project information


The Youth Development Project is designed to encourage young Gypsies and Travellers in South Wales to take part in the annual Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebration.

September 2014 - August 2015

Charity information: The Romani Cultural and Arts Company

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  • Need


    There is plenty of evidence that people from Gypsy & Traveller backgrounds experience higher levels of racism and discrimination than most other groups within the UK (see for example the Equality and Human Rights Commission's `Not just another statistic project ( Our project is trying to offer the GT community regular opportunities to meet, take part in productive activity and meet representatives from local agencies.


    Our proposal will make a difference because:

    We have put the community at the centre of developing our proposal.
    We have engaged with the community to seek their views and structure something that they want and are asking for.
    It will grow confidence, resilience and community spirit and enable the community themselves to be more likely to seek support and intervention, rather than go without or have something ‘non-GRT orientated’ targeted at them. (GRT = Gypsy, Roma & Traveller)

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    See a more confident, resilient community.


    » Use funds to deploy a part time Youth Development Project from the Gypsy & Traveller community in South Wales.

    1. How often children initiate play with other children

    Aim 2

    Increase children confidence and self-worth


    » Offer 121 mentoring

    1. How often children attend

    Aim 3

    Extend their involvement in social activity


    » Run Arts-Based workshops on site

    1. How often children mix and make friends
    2. How often children contribute to the project

    Aim 4

    Strengthen Gypsy & Traveller community and increase confidence to access services provision


    » 1. Helping them to produce and exhibition/performances 2. Make links with service providers

    1. Level of knowledge about service providers

  • Impact


    The community will feel less isolated and fragmented, as their voices begin to be heard and they are enabled to network socially.


    Non-engagement - The Community will have instant trust with community members as they will be from the community.
    Non-engagement from agencies - this is highly unlikely as agencies frequently complain about not being able to gain access easily to site residents.


    We will report regularly via our charity website and through quarterly reports highlighting success against our aims, We will also produce an end of project report and publish this on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Salary costs For staff time
      £1,160 Materials Paying for refreshments and materials for social activities
      £1,600 Travel expenses Paying for basic travel expenses/Training
      £3,300 Project Costs Rent (Inc. services), Telephone, Insurance
      £1,500 Project Costs Venue Hire
      £2,440 Project Costs Training for Young People
  • Background


    South Wales


    The project will mainly benefit the Gypsy and Traveller community and for local agencies and bodies who would like greater access to Gypsies & Travellers in order to support and provide better services

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community development organisation at heart. We are led by Gypsies and Travellers, we are about Gypsies and Travellers, we are for Gypsies and Travellers. We believe that the community can be developed to become fully accepted participants in mainstream society while still retaining their distinct culture and heritage.

    Being from the Gypsy community and with years of experience of developing community projects, we know we can gain the trust of people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Isaac Blake

    Charity Director - who will source and provide a Community Champion, steer the project and support it through set up to implementation.