The Traveller Movement (TM) was established in 1999Established as a second-tier community development group limited by guarantee, following the recognition of a gap in service provision and the marginalisation of the Irish Traveller community in Britain, the TM gained charitable status in 2003. Following a recognised demand on the services, impact, capabilities and reach of our work, TM expanded its remit in 2008 to include work with all other Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities across Britain. We appointed a new CEO, developed a new strategic business plan and changed our name to The Traveller Movement in 2013 to reflect our wider reach and work.
The Traveller Movement was instrumental in the development of the Traveller Law Reform Project (TLRP) and managed the project for a few years. Under TMs management together with the steering group at the time the project won the Law Society Human Rights Award in 2004. Joe Browne and Yvonne MacNamara were on the steering group at the time. The pictures below are of Noelette Hanley TM Director (2004), Tom Sweeney TM chair (2004) Lyn Smith Gypsy Council (2004) and Siobhan Spencer TLRP project worker 2004.
- We believe that discrimination is wrong
- We are opposed to racism in all its forms
- We value and promote diversity
- We believe in equality of access to services and in equality under the law
- We value and promote self-determination, believing that individuals have the right to make choices about issues affecting them
- We endorse the Declaration of Human Rights
- We value the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller identities and cultures
- We work in partnership with the Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities