The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

LGBTIQ Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Conference

An insider’s guide to working with Romani and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom

Date: Thursday 4th of July 2019

Venue: The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company (RCAC) is proud to invite you to the LGBTIQ Gypsy, Roma & Traveller (GRT) Conference. The event, hosted by National Assembly for Wales, will feature Dr Daniel Baker (England) and Christine Lee (Wales) plus guests including Vera Kurtic (Council of Europe/Serbia) and Dezso Mate (Hungary). This varied range of speakers with their diverse areas of expertise will open up debate regarding LGBTIQ issues as they relate to GRT individuals and communities.

This event is one of many that RCAC is currently co-ordinating. We are excited to be giving a ‘minority within a minority’ a platform and a voice. This LGBTIQ GRT conference presents a unique opportunity to participate in discussion with an international panel of inspiring speakers.

Dr Daniel Baker, Romani artist, curator and academic says: “Discussions regarding the significance of intersecting identities are more important than ever. By recognising commonalities across difference through shared experience and knowledge we move closer toward a more caring society.”

Isaac Blake; Director of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company says: “An open, tolerant society cannot pick and choose which groups should merit tolerance and understanding. Every individual living on our beautiful planet deserves to be judged on their own words and actions; not on their race, nationality, religion, sexuality or family background. Let’s stand together and be proud of the amazing diversity that humanity encompasses.”

Christine Lee, Romani Cultural and Arts Company Community Champion says: “Meaningful change for the LGBTQI Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community is not going to come from just knowing more information, but from doing something with it.”

Book at Eventbrite: http://www.romaniarts.co.uk/lgbtiq-gypsy-roma-traveller-conference/

 The Romani Cultural and Arts Company, Temple Court , 13a Cathedral Road, Cardiff , CF11 9HA

Tel: 02920 786 439   Email: isaacblake@romaniarts.co.uk

www.romaniarts.co.uk

Community Arts Tutors Wanted

Romani Cultural and Arts Company

 

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are seeking applications from interested people with an arts-arts-based skill / trade to become sessional Community Arts Tutors as part of their Children and Young Peoples Arts Workshop Project on local Gypsy & Traveller sites. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 3 year project.

 

This project is funded by BBC Children In Need.

 

The project is designed to engage with children on 4 Gypsy and Traveller sites across South Wales over a three year period. Its purpose is to:

1 To support Gypsy and Irish Traveller children to improve their levels of social interaction between the different ethnic GT (Gypsy, Irish Traveller) groups living on caravan sites. This is because Gypsies and Irish Travellers do not have many opportunities to mix and make friends. 

 

2 To support Gypsy and Traveller children to have good self-esteem, be more resilient and feel proud of their cultural heritage and background so that their confidence is less affected by prejudice and / or perceived discrimination. 

 

3 To support Gypsy and Traveller children to feel more confident and resilient in engaging with support agencies and the outside world so that they are encouraged to maintain engagement in purposeful activity and education. 

 

The four sites we work on are: Cwmcrachen, Blaenau Gwent Council; Roverway, Cardiff County Council; Shepherd’s Hill, Torfaen Council; Shirenewton, Cardiff County Council

Community Arts Tutors collaborate with a wide variety of local groups, encouraging the use of artistic activities to support their development and improve their quality of life. Generally, they work in areas where there are social, cultural or environmental issues to be addressed. They use a whole range of art forms to engage with these different community groups, including visual arts, theatre, dance, music, carnival arts and film.

If you are interested, please see our website (www.romaniarts.co.uk) for a Job Description, Personal Specification. A letter (no more than 2 sides of A4, font 11), a recent CV and proof of Disclosure and Barring Service certificate / number are to be emailed to: isaacblake@romaniarts.co.uk

Romani Cultural and Arts Company

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training Day

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £156.90 per delegate, if you book before the Thursday 22nd November and £173.07 per delegate if you book between Friday 23rd November and Monday 3rd December 2018. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

General Information

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company will be delivering three training workshops in three cities, focussing upon the Romani and Travelling people in Britain and their cultures, histories, languages, as a solid foundation to understanding the present communities. The workshops will deliver critical knowledge to professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners in local government, housing, accommodation, health, justice and education services; how to develop a respectful relationship with communities, approaches to constructing a positive dialogue around accommodation and ‘stopping-places’, to supporting better access for Romani and Travellers to health and wellness provision, to strengthening schooling, to raising attainment and improving elective home education, leading to increasing employment opportunities.

The situation for Romani and Traveller communities looks set to become more and more uncertain, as the protections offered under European legislation, conventions and frameworks will probably be rescinded. Show-people, Fair-gound families, Circus-folk and Bargees are likely to face significant changes in their businesses and operations too, with the post-Brexit legal framework. The overall social, economic and cultural impact of the departure from the EU will be especially deep upon these communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company has the best track record in the UK of delivering effective training in working with Romani and Traveller people, having carried out a range of training courses, international conferences, arts exhibitions and cultural symposia, schools workshops and heritage projects with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, show-people, Circus-folk, Fairground families and Bargees, across Wales and Europe.

The Cardiff workshop will focus upon the current policy initiatives associated with the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015)’ have left behind the Romani and Traveller communities of Wales, particularly in terms of the ‘Well-being Assessments’ carried out by the Public Services Boards established by the Act and the recent review of these by Netherwood, Flynn and Lang (2017) for the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe. These crucial processes have ignored the needs of Romani and Traveller people in ‘planning today for a better tomorrow’, with inadequate consultation of the present and future needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, insufficient sustainable development principles being applied to these needs, resulting in Romani and Traveller people being missed in the most important opportunity for improving the public sector’s delivery of provision rooted in the everyday reality of their lives and ensuring little benefit for the well-being of future Romani and Traveller generations.

Our training in Cardiff, in December 2018, will address these critical lacunae in government policy and practice, providing an opportunity to rectify, for local and national government policy-makers and service-providers, this absence of data and content and how to include the most marginal and excluded groups in Wales today.

Book at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gypsy-roma-traveller-fairground-circus-folk-show-people-and-bargees-training-day-tickets-51135839673

 

 

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company
Temple Court 
13a Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9HA

For further information please – Tel: 02920 786 439   or     Email: isaacblake@romaniarts.co.uk

Visit our website at: www.romaniarts.co.uk

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company


Training

‘Tales from the Trailers’ Accommodation, Health, Education and Mobility

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to welcome participants on 27th February 2018, to a training day offering ‘an insider’s guide to effectively working with Romani and Traveller communities’. 
 
The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique – a Gypsy, Roma & Traveller led organisation that develops the community it serves the communities from the inside-out. We provide a deeper insights into working with Romani and Traveller communities, in ways that are intended to enhance, improve and support delivery of services by your organisation, in ways no other training can.

Who should attend this training?
 
This course is essential for anyone interested in ensuring that their services are inclusive and accessible for the Romani and Traveller communities. It would be particularly useful for those who work in planning, housing and accommodation, equality, health, education, social services and the early years.
 
Why should you attend this training?
 
It will support you to:

  • Ensure effective engagement with the Romani andTraveller communities in your local area, whilst improving your knowledge of the complex cultural and historical issues that impact upon the relationships you wish to build, to improve service delivery;
  • Be understanding and informed in your interactions with people from the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities
  • Be better able to assess the service needs that address the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities in Wales

Aims

  • To increase awareness about the cultural, ethnic and historical diversity in Wales; 
  • to address the issues, obstacles faced by and the needs of Romani and Travellers in Wales; 
  • to encourage innovation and improvement in the delivery of services and provision to Romani and Traveller communities, and 
  • to build trust and cooperation between Romani and Traveller communities and local authority and other sector service providers.

Learning Objectives

  • To achieve a broader and more comprehensive understanding of the needs of GRT communities, from a local authority perspective;
  •  To develop a level of knowledge that will enhance and inform local authority officers’ interactions with individuals and groups from the GRT communities in their areas and localities;
  • To introduce knowledge regarding the important differences between Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities and their cultures, languages and origins, insofar as is useful to participants in the training, with the aim of inspiring best practice and improving service delivery;
  • To introduce to participants examples of community members who are role models and who can challenge the prevailing stereotypes of Gypsies and Travellers or the negative images of Roma, present in media and popular press.

Outcomes
By the end the session participants will have:

  • Increased their knowledge of the culture, traditions and history of the Romani and Traveller communities (this includes a timeline of key historical events and legislation);  
  • Developed an understanding of diversity within the Romani and Traveller communities (including addressing the questions of who are Gypsies, Roma and Travellers?);
  • Increased their awareness regarding the obstacles, prejudice and discrimination faced by Romani and Traveller communities in Wales more widely across the UK and across Europe;
  • Identified obstacles to access and attitudinal issues or barriers in accessing education, health, employment, accommodation, justice and other public services, that inhibit the delivery of quality provision to Romania and Traveller people communities;
  •  Improved participants’ understandings of how to engage effectively with the Romani and Traveller communities and what they can do to prevent exclusion and ensure inclusion in the delivery of their services;
  • Developed an approach that will put their learning into practice, in the workplace;
  • Established a baseline of knowledge and support that can be accessed to assist other staff, officers and co-workers.

 

There will only be 50 places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £145 per participant, if you book before the Wednesday 31st January and £160 per participant if you book between Thursday 1st February and Monday 26th February 2018.

 

Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

 

The venue will be in Bangor, North Wales at The Management Centre, Bangor Business School, College Road, Bangor LL57 2DG (Room D0:08) on Tuesday 27th February 2018.
 

The day will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:30, with refreshments included for the workshop participants.

Please email for a booking form to: training@romaniarts.co.uk

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company
Temple Court 
13a Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9HA

Tel: 02920 786 439