Past events

Advocacy Training Courses

Advocacy courses were held at the Resource for London throughout March, April, May and June, with an awareness training held also for service providers to develop services to Travellers experiencing domestic abuse.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) Exhibition 1st June – 31st July 2017

The Traveller Movement GRTHM Exhibition was held throughout the month of June and July. The exhibition was held at the Resource for London, in Holloway Road where the Traveller Movement offices are.

TM celebrated with an art exhibition displaying culture, photography, poetry and more. Work came in from members of the community as well as people who work within the communities.

The exhibition was an enlightening showcase of culture and heritage as well a walk around the work that the TM has done throughout the years. 

The Traveller Movement National Conference 2017, Friday 24th November

Our 2017 annual conference was our 10th and another huge success. We have noticed a year on year increase of GRT attendance and participation and this was one of our biggest and best. 

2017 was a very eventful year for the Traveller Movement. The conference’s focus on social justice and key policy areas such as domestic violence, economic inclusion and LGBT rights reflect some the various strands of research and lobbying that the Traveller Movement has focused on in 2017. It was extremely useful to hear from leading agencies, key stakeholders, community members, NGOs and politicians on how they intend to address these policy areas over the next 12 months, and how we at the Traveller Movement can engage with them.  

Domestic Abuse Roundtable: shaping future legislation 10th July 2017

The Queen’s Speech has outlined plans to bring forward a ‘landmark bill’ on domestic abuse. This bill has the potential to change the landscape for domestic abuse, both in terms of the legal framework and the support mechanisms for survivors and victims of abuse.

The Traveller Movement wants to be ready to influence the bill as soon as possible to ensure we can secure the best outcomes and protections for Gypsy and Traveller victims of domestic abuse.

To achieve this, we are oganising a roundtable discussion with legal practitioners, social workers, domestic violence case workers and community members to pinpoint the issues and areas we should focus on when influencing the bill.

Training for Newham Council and the pub/casino industry 28th June 2017

Cultural awareness training looking specifically into the role of early intervention workers and experiences in education.

Celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller’s History Month

The Traveller Movement GRTHM Exhibition is being held throughout the month of June and July.  The exhibition is being held at the Resource for London, in Holloway Road where the Traveller Movement Offices.

We are celebrating with an art exhibition displaying culture, photography, poetry and much much more.  Work has come in from members of the community as well as people who work within the communities.

The exhibition is an enlightening showcase of culture and heritage as well a walk around the work that the Traveller Movement has done throughout the years.

The exhibition will run until the end of July, at the Resource for London which is open from 9am – 5pm.  The address for this exhibition is RFL, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA.

Cultural Awareness Training Victim Support 26th June 2017

Victim Support worked with the Traveller Movement to deliver a cultural awareness training to help Gypsies, Travellers and Roma to support anyone who has been a victim of crime, whether it be hate crime, domestic violence, sexual abuse or any other sort of crime.

Advocacy Training Courses

Advocacy courses were held at the Resource for London throughout March, April, May and June, with an awareness training held also for service providers to develop services to Travellers experiencing domestic abuse.

Cultural awareness training to Social Workers at RB Kensington & Chelsea

7th March 2017

Cultural awareness training looking specifically into the role of early intervention workers and experiences in education.

International Women’s Day: from the perspective of Gypsy, Traveller & Roma women on the 8th March 2017 in Committee Room G from 2.00pm to 3.30pm

The event was hosted by Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE on behalf of the Traveller Movement and provided a platform for Gypsy, Traveller & Roma women to share their experiences of issues including domestic violence, hate crime & discrimination and education.

Gypsy, Traveller & Roma women are amongst the most marginalised women in the UK & Europe, but their experiences are often ignored and rarely given public attention. We hope that by offering these women the opportunity to share their stories on such an important day, their voices will be heard by a wider audience and shine a light on their experiences.

Speakers included: Lisa Smith, a qualified GTR education consultant, Tina Purcell, a Women’s Worker for the Traveller Movement, Josie O’Driscoll, the Director of Herts GATE and Report Racism GRT, Denisa Gannon from Coventry Law Centre, and Kealy Sly from Leicestershire Gate and the event was hosted by Baroness Hodgson.

The Traveller Movement National Conference 2016 Report and Photos

The 2016 Conference was one of the biggest we’ve had and brought together Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, politician’sand members of Government, leading academics and service providers. 2016 was an exciting year for The Traveller Movement as we launched the Equality & Social Justice Unit (ESJU). The ESJU is a centre of excellence, which aims to improve Gypsy, Traveller and Roma access to justice and towork with individuals and communities to challenge unlawful discrimination and human rights abuses.

To inform the work of ESJU and raise aware off the issues the Unit will be working on, this years’ conference focussed on the rights and entitlements of the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities and the duties on public bodies and institutions in carrying out those rights.

Legal and Educational Toolkit for GTR Practitioners

We are pleased to offer a half-day training package for GTR practitioners; co-delivered by Joanna Gregson, our legal development officer, and Abi Angus, our education officer.

This course will be split into two parts- law and education.

The law content will cover the essential tools that NGOs and community groups need when dealing with public bodies like local councils, schools and the NHS, as well as private organisations carrying out public services.  With handy tips and practical examples, we will look at the ways that organisations can use the law to get the best results for the people they represent.  

Our Rights. Our Entitlements. Your Duty! National Conference

The TM Annual National Conference is fast approaching and will take place in London on the 24th November 2016. The conference aims to provide a platform for community members, policy makers and service providers to present and discuss their experiences and approaches on the issues of Community, Equality and Discrimination.

This year’s keynote speakers include: Kate Green MP, former Shadow and Equalities Minister, Paul Giannasi Cross-Government Hate Crime Programme Manager and community members including, Lisa Smith, Community member and GRT Education Consultant to Department of Education (TBC), PC Jim Davies, Former Chair of the Roma and Traveller Police Association.

Children’s Commissioner Roundtable – 2pm, Wednesday 29th Jun

At the end of June we will be hosting a roundtable event with the Children’s Commissioner that explores GTR school exclusions. Attendance is by invitation only and places are limited due to room capacity Please contact education@travellermovement.orguk for any further information. The event takes place on 29th June, at 2:00pm.

Report can be downloaded here

‘Never Going to Beat You’ Performance, 22nd and 23rd July

“Exciting new play ‘Never Going to Beat You’, co-written and performed by talented group of Traveller and Gypsy women. The play explores experiences of family life and domestic violence within Gypsy and Traveller communities, telling the story of a woman called Moira over a span of 25 years.

Performances of will be held on Friday 22nd July and Saturday 23rd July in the Blue Elephant Theatre, South London.

Book your place here: Blue Elephant Theatre

Email or phone 02076072002 for more information”

Launch of the Equality & Social Justice Unit, 8th June 2016

The Traveller Movement’s Equality and Social Justice Unit (the ESJU) was launched in the House of Commons on June 8, 2016 at 18.30. The aim of the ESJU is to improve Gypsy, Traveller and Roma access to justice and to work with individuals and communities to challenge unlawful discrimination and human rights abuses.

TM’s 2016 survey on discrimination experienced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma confirms the high level of discrimination they face. 98% of respondents said they experienced discrimination because they are GTR community members.

Dosta! The Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Demonstration 21st May 2016

Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers have ethnic status, yet they are marginalised and have to constantly fight to maintain their cultural way of life.

There is a dire shortage of appropriate accommodation for Romany Gypsy and Irish Traveller families, and this is going to be made even worse with the passing of the new law.

The ethnicity is being challenged unless GRT can prove they are Romany Gypsies or Irish Travellers and to do this they have to prove they travel for work purposes, yet at the same time when they do travel they have no places where they can stop.

We are Community We are Society National Conference 2015

Book now for Traveller Movement National Conference, London, Thursday 26th November, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA

Keynote speakers and workshops covering:

The challenges and complexities of new Planning Policy for Traveller sites with Marc Willers QC (Garden Court Chambers), Royal Town Planning Institute, Community Law Partnership and experienced LPA Officers

Challenging acts of racial discrimination and promoting Equality with Kate Green MP (Labour Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities),Rebecca Hilsenrath (Chief Legal Officer, Equality & Human Rights Commission), Howe & Co Solicitors and James Carver MEP

Gypsy, Traveller, Roma Campaign Meeting in Parliament hosted by Lord Avebury

Gypsy, Traveller, Roma Campaign Network meeting hosted by Lord Avebury in the Houses of Parliament, Committee Room G, 25thNovember, 2015, 6.30-8.30pm 

Over the past two years the Traveller Movement has been working closely with Gypsy, Traveller and Roma campaigners from across the country challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion. On the eve of our national conference we are inviting campaigners to join us for a meeting (with food and drink) focused on:

  • Meeting politicians and members of the APPG for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  • Discussing the issues the communities are facing on the ground and setting priority areas for TM and other organisations
  • Providing an opportunity to network with other campaigners, policy makers and third sector organisation

Seminar to discuss new planning guidance for Traveller sites and a revised definition of Gypsies and Travellers

Seminar to discuss new planning guidance for Traveller sites and a revised definition of Gypsies and Travellers, Friday 13th November 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

The Traveller Movement (TM) and the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups (NFGLG) have come together to organise a one day seminar to discuss a new definition of Gypsies and Travellers for the purposes of planning for Traveller sites.

In light of the Government’s dramatic new changes to planning policy for Traveller sites, announced over the August Bank holiday weekend, which effectively define Travellers out of existence, both TM and NFGLG believe it’s high time that Gypsies, Travellers and organisations and professionals working with them came together to discuss, and hopefully agree, a revised definition chosen by them, rather than by the Government.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Summer Fair 2015

On Sunday 28 June 2015, the Traveller Movement will be running an event called Gypsy Traveller Summer Fair which will be to celebrate Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month.

The event will be held in Mile End Park opening at 12pm and closing at 6pm.


As well as promoting the Traveller movement Work, and highlighting Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month, there will also be information stalls from connecting charitable organizations along with health professionals and organizations.


As the day is a family orientated day, the Traveller Movement encourage all ages to attend for the children’s fairground, a small market, cultural food, a baby pageant and live music from Seamus Moore.

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Celebration 2015

Celebrate Gypsy Roma Traveller history month in style.

Sunday 28th June 2015 12pm—6pm

Located in the heart of Mile End—Mile End Park

(can be entered off of Burdett Road, nearest postcode for navigation E3 4RT)

Joint TM Advisory Group and Catholic Association for Racial Justice meeting, Wednesday 22nd April, 11.30am – 2.30pm, Traveller Movement Offices

The Traveller Movement is proud to be hosting a joint meeting of its Advisory Group and the Catholic Association for Racial Justice Traveller Issues Working Group. The meeting hopes to discuss some of the key current issues affecting Gypsies, Travellers and Roma including political inclusion and the upcoming General Election in May, the Traveller pilgrimage to Rome in October and plans for Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month in June. For more information on the meeting please contact the Traveller Movement on 0207 607 2002

London Support Network Meetings

We discussed Operation traveller Vote at our London Support Network meeting and other organisations are now onboard and keen to help us in registering Gypsies and Travellers to Vote. Our aim is to explain to Travellers Gypsies and Roma why it is important to vote as explained above.

The London Support Network meeting is a vital meeting to attend if you are a service provider working with the GRT community, or a service which maybe of assistance to the community. The meeting gives us all a chance to raise and address issues, speak about each project we are all currently working on, share information, and of course network.

Our last meeting was really informative and many various organisations and individuals attended. TM are currently looking to broaden this meeting to services providers who are also working outside of London to encourage all of us to work together and share knowledge and information.

Lancashire Romany Gypsy barred from Police Holocaust Memorial event

The Traveller Movement has been approached by a Romany Gypsy woman who has complained about being excluded from a Holocaust Memorial event held at their HQ at Hutton, Preston, on Tuesday 27th January. Porrajmos flags landscapeThe woman is part of a Romany family that is currently living on a private site in Lancashire on a temporary planning permission, after a long planning battle with the local council.
Although well integrated with the local town (the woman is a parent school governor) the family have been harassed by their immediate neighbours over a number of years and are in the process of logging incidents in an Anti Social Behaviour and Harassment log on police request.

Gypsies, Travellers and Traveller sites, Parliamentary Seminar, Tuesday 3rd February, 1.00pm-2.30pm, Committee Room G, Palace of Westminster

The Gypsies, Travellers and Traveller sites seminar will provide a platform for Gypsies and Travellers, policy makers and service providers to talk about identity, culture and the issues these communities face in the provision of authorised Traveller sites. It will also look at Welsh Government policy measures to address the shortage of sites as well as Leeds City Council and Leeds GATE’s tried and tested model of good practice in dealing with unauthorised encampments. A key point of discussion will be how this and a future Government can increase community cohesion whilst addressing the key issues of site provision and managing unauthorised encampments.

Operation Traveller Vote, TM National Conference 2014, 20th November

The Operation Traveller Vote conference provided a platform for community members, policy makers and service providers to present and discuss their experiences and approaches in the run up to the 2015 UK General Election. The conference looked at the potential within the communities to engage and shape the political process to ensure policy addresses the needs of Gypsies, Travellers and Roma both now and in the future. Through the keynote speakers and the workshops, Operation Traveller Vote aims to inspire a new generation of political engagement whilst providing the practical policy solutions to make this a reality.

Pavee Ceilidh—Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Celebration

On Saturday 14 June, The Traveller Movement Pavee Ceilidh (PC) celebrations took place in Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets.

Unfortunately on the day, something which couldn’t be planned for was the weather.  Although  there were downpours  and we spent much of the day in willies and raincoats  we did have plenty of sunny spells and ice-cream. Josie and Tina, two of our Advisory group members, put on an amazing food stall. Brown bread, scones and jam and the tastiest bacon and cabbage ever. The aroma of food was so nice travelling through the park. After yet another downpour it was exactly what was needed to warm the attendees up!

Polly Anna Venture – Domestic and Sexual Abuse Awareness Raising

All people  have the right to live a healthy and peaceful life; with that in mind The Polly Anna Venture is a  partnership pilot project between  the Traveller Movement and Solace Women’s Aid . The project is named after the heroine in Eleanor H. Porter’s novel, Pollyanna, also adapted into a film; the story of a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a small town with her positivity.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month Celebration – Traveller Movement

Saturday June 14 12 noon to 4pm

060114_0904_WheelsinMot15.jpgMile End Park, Burdette Road, London E3 4TN

A family fun day to celebrate the traditions, history and culture of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities…

The event will have exhibitions on TM projects and work, live music from a range of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller musicians, a GRT Talent competition / show, a Gypsy blacksmith who will give practical demonstrations, some mobile food vans (ice cream, tea, coffee and refreshments), a community tent, a children’s activity area, a range of participatory events (it is hoped that West Ham football in the community will run a coaching session,) a boxing demonstration from a local boxing club and one or two fairground rides from a Showmans family with Traveller Heritage.


Saturday 28 June, 15.00 – 16.00 @ V&A

Explore the musical heritage of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Inspired by the migration of Gypsies, which started 1500 years ago in Rajasthan, this innovative production of music and dance will inspire and inform appreciation of traditional Gypsy music and culture. Free, booking essential

Tickets: Free event


Sunday 15 June, 11.00 – 16.00

Celebrate Gypsy, Traveller and Roma History Month in this skills sharing workshop. Explore the historic connection between traveller communities and the art of floristry, before learning how to create a stunning floral arrangement with expert guidance. Pick up professional tips and tricks relating to the care of cut flowers and leave with a beautiful bouquet to take home.

Gypsy, Traveller and Roma History Month 2014

Sunday 1st June, 13-00-16:00 @ Victoria and Albert Museum

Join us for the launch of Gypsy, Pavee and Roma History Month at the V&A.

Enjoy a special performance which will celebrate the richness Gypsy, Pavee and Roma communities bring to the UK.

Traveller Pride Week, 17th June, in Navan Co Meath

We, at Meath Travellers Workshops Ltd, are hosting an event as part of Traveller Pride Week, on Monday the 16th of June at 7pm in Navan Co Meath.

The nature of the event is to bring together a group of Travellers from the age of 18plus, both Male and Female to sing songs and recite poetry traditionally associated with Irish Travellers  

This event will be recorded by the Department of Folklore in UCD, Dublin and by Liam Mc Grath, a freelance film producer who has produced many award winning documentaries such as the Blood of the Travellers.

This Cheili will also be supported by Chomaltas Ceoltoiri Na hEireann, and will provide a valuable resource for Travellers from future generations.

A Bigger Fatter Public Debate? Gypsies, Travellers and Roma in the media

The Traveller Movement is organising a Parliamentary seminar which will scrutinize and challenge media portrayals of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. The event is being organised in partnership with the Travellers’ Times and hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies Roma and Travellers.

Chaired by Andrew George MP, the seminar will allow community members, policy makers, media professionals and others to debate how Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are represented in the media.

Healthy bodies and self employment course

Are you interested in setting up your own beauty business? This could be the course for you, and it is free! Learn about the beauty business, being healthy and find a route into self employment.  This course is for young Gypsy, Roma and Traveller women, aged 16-25 years.

Free course for young Travellers to get your CSCS card

The Traveller Movement and the Construction Youth Trust are running a series of 6 whole days of construction training for young Gypsy, Roma and Travellers between the ages of 16 and 24 living in Great London. At the end of the course successful students will be able to get the CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card. This is essential for working on construction sites.

The Traveller Movement Annual National Conference, Thursday 14th November 2013

Conference Report 2013

The New Horizons Conference took place on Thursday 14th November 2013 at the Resource for London in Holloway Road.

The New Horizons conference aimed to provide a platform for community members, policy makers and service providers to present and discuss their experiences and approaches towards improving the outcomes and lives of Gypsies, Travellers and Roma. The aim of the conference is embodied by the statement made in the lead up  ‘This year’s conference will look to the future and focus on the huge potential within the communities to develop their career pathways, represent their interests in politics and challenge the discrimination they all too often experience.  It will highlight practical examples that bring real equality and equal opportunities for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma.’

ITMB’s Pavee Ceilidh celebrations in Mile End Park

The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain celebrated Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month on Saturday 22nd at Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets, London.

Gypsies and Irish Travellers from London and beyond mixed with friends and local people to enjoy a day of music, talent and crafts, organised by Gypsy/Traveller campaign organisation, the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain.

The event kicked off with a speech by Father Dan, parish priest for Dale Farm in Basildon, followed by music from Margaret Doran and traditional Irish music from Paddy Egan on his Concertina and Nicola Stathers and she plays Uilleann Pipes, finishing with a talent contest and a football game.

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