On Wednesday 26th January SRtRC Wales took their first ever workshop with young gypsy travellers on the Shirenewton Site in Cardiff.
The afternoon was fantastic and they are planning to visit again soon for a follow-up workshop. They also hope to introduce some of the 15/16 year olds to their Level 1 football coaching certificate, with the hope that they will take up a keen interest in this area. Campaign Worker Jason Webber says “we are working with the young people to introduce the opportunity of football coaching and will be aiming for them to set up some coaching sessions on site for the younger children which will be on of the first of its kind in Wales.”
SRtRC Wales are hoping to do more work with Gypsy Travellers in 2011 as they recognise they are one of the minority groups that receive the most racism and have many stereotypes surrounding their culture. The campaign has also been asked by The Romani Cultural and Arts Company to take a couple of workshops with young travellers in June, as part of the Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.
Simon Richards, Education Co-ordinator said “SRTRC are really proud to be a part of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month this year and have the chance to work with young people looking at the racism travellers endure every day of their lives. It is vital that we continue to empower young people to stand up against the injustices of our society. We are hoping to receive funding to enable us to continue working in this area and with young gypsy travellers across Wales”