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Project information

Gypsy and Traveller Children and Young People

To support and provide activities for Gypsy/Traveller kids, some of the most excluded and marginalised young people within UK society today. They may live on remote sites, without access to public transport and no opportunities for mixing with other young people outside their immediate family group.


Charity information: Friends, Families and Travellers

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  • Need


    Many Gypsy and Traveller kids get very few opportunities to mix with other young people due to a combination of circumstances. Traveller sites are often remote, no public transport and the kids are unable to access the facilities that most young people take for granted. Very often the school experience can be a negative one - 85% of Gypsy and Traveller children have experienced racial abuse (Childrens Society Report) and exclusions from school are much higher than the national average.


    Our outreach work across Sussex enables Gypsy and Traveller children and young people to engage in mainstream leisure and recreational pursuits, many of which have an education/training element. Getting young Gypsies and Travellers to engage with their local communities breaks down barriers and paves the way for better understanding between the settled and travelling communities. This is long term work rather than a short term project but we have changed the lives of many kids in the Sussex area

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the quality of life for Gypsy and Traveller children and young people in Sussex.


    » Arranging appropriately supervised group activities for Gypsy and Traveller children enabling them to engage in the mainstream life of the community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...

    Chidren and young people gaining the motivation and confidence to participate in the mainstream life and activities of their local community

  • Impact


    By having enjoyable experiences away from sites, children will gain confidence in themselves and in taking part in mainstream activities. this will lead to better community relations between the settled and travelling communities with Gypsy and Traveller young people more joined in to the mainstream life of their local community.


    The core support one to one support work which enables this project is funded by BBC Children in Need. We are just asking for a small amount of funding to allow trips and group activities. The value of the work and the beneficial outcomes for the children and young people has been demonstrated over the last three years. All activities involving children and young people are individually risk assessed and all workers involved in supervision are CRB checked at the enhanced level.


    We put our Annual Reports on our website at www.gypsy-traveller.org. This sets out the work that we do with children and young people. Anyone with an interest in our work is very welcome to visit our offices to learn more about the wide range of projects and programmes that we deliver.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,500 summer programme summer programme of ten events/activities for children and young people
  • Background


    The project includes children and young people across the whole of Sussex, living in houses, local authority and private sites and by the roadside. Gypsies and Travellers comprise the largest minority ethnic group in Sussex and the children and young people are some of the most marginalised and deprived in the County.


    The beneficiaries are children and young people between the ages of 11 and 19 ( or up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties). Many of these young people, particularly those living on remote sites away from public transport routes, have no opportunity to mix with other young people apart from their immediate family. Our children and young person's coordinator works with young people on a group and 1:1 basis to build their confidence and to help them become part of mainstream society.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only national charity that works with all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background and the only one providing an holistic outreach service across Sussex. Although this project benefits children and young people our outreach team works on a whole family basis, helping Gypsies and Travellers to identify the services that they need and then supporting them to access those services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Clare Bingham

    Clare is our Young Persons Coordinator. She is a qualified youth worker who has worked with Gypsies and Travellers for over five years.