Our Welsh Campaign visited two Gyspy Traveller sites in Cardiff and spoke to young people and adults about the campaign and gave out resources.
We are aiming to work with as many diverse groups as we can towards social inclusion in our aim to increase community cohesion and break barriers that currently exist in Wales in terms of participation in sport and education of anti racism.
Jason Webber Campaign Worker (Wales)
Campaign worker Jason Webber and Support worker Clare Skidmore visited The 2 Local Authority residential sites for Gypsies and Travellers in Cardiff Shirenewton and Rover Way.
Shirenewton Site, which was re-developed in 1992/93, has 56 pitches and a community building and Rover Way site, which has 21 pitches.
The Shirenewton site is currently looking at developing a onsite Multi use games facility and SRtRC are looking to hold some of its Social Inclusion projects on site for the young children and specifically looking to train up some of the older teenagers to deliver coaching sessions for the young children onsite which will be the first of its kind while education the young on anti racism and support of incidents.
Nearly 9 out of every 10 children and young people from a Gypsy background have suffered racial abuse and nearly two thirds have also been bullied or physically attacked (This is who we are, Children’s Society, 2007)
The Welsh Assembly Government’s own report on the accommodation needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people (Niner, 2006) spoke of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people having ‘distinct demographic and economic characteristics’ and being one of the most socially excluded groups in Britain. It also spoke of the extent to which that social exclusion was reinforced by their experiences of discrimination.
They noted the tendency of the settled community to stereotype and lump all Gypsy-Travellers together, and felt that Gypsy-Travellers are the population group against whom it is still ‘acceptable’ to make racist remarks. (Accommodation Needs of Gypsy-Travellers in Wales, Niner, 2006)
SRtRC are working with Kay Evans (Cardiff Gypsy Traveller project) and Isacc Blake (Romani Cultural and arts company) to achieve these aims.