OUR HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Traveller Movement (TM) was established in 1999.
Established 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
is of a world in which members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities reach their full potential; where they are accepted, proud of who they are and have an equal voice.
is to develop a platform and voice for Travellers, working in solidarity with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, within the UK and across Europe, to achieve equality through self-determination and proactive participation in influencing and shaping policy.
is to extend our EU influence and remain the most effective UK resource, information and lobbying charity for groups, organisations and individuals working for and with the Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities in Britain so that collectively we can bring about significant, positive change for people living in those communities.
I have gained more awareness which will allow me to have a better understanding when working with the Travelling community. All of it was useful and having Kelly during the training was very useful.
A fantastic and truly inspiring training session. I have learned so much about these communities that has really challenged me.
An excellent organisation punching well above its weight.
It was really excellent to meet with the professional community trainers from the Traveller Movement. It makes the training more authentic.
Given me a greater understanding of the community and some of the difficulties they can experience while in our establishment . I now have some ideas to run with on how we can address some of the difficulties very easily by applying so lateral thinking now that we are aware.