Negotiated Stopping policy leads to new temporary site in Leeds

A site earmarked for use by Gypsies and Travellers at Kidacre Street is being hailed as a potential solution to a cycle of encampment and eviction for Travellers in Leeds.

The site, which has been empty for a number of years, offers an interim solution for the city while council plans to expand the current Cottingley Springs Travellers site are being looked at by the Secretary of State and other permanent sites are sought. Read more

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014

service evaluation is good news!

20141025_150649-1Leeds GATE people spend a lot of time celebrating things and we are at it again! This time it is the findings of a ‘rapid service evaluation’ which you can read here.  We commissioned the evaluation for a number of practical reasons around PQASSO accreditation and of course for our funders.  But the main reason for the evaluation was the desire to answer the question “are we doing what we say we are doing?”  The answer seems to be “yes! (but you aren’t reporting it enough)”.

Especially for the people who govern Leeds GATE via their participation in the Executive Board, it is really important that they don’t just take the word of the staff team, or indeed other members accessing our service.  The Executive Board members know that they can benefit greatly from an external, well qualified, person taking a gander ‘under the bonnet’ so to speak. Read more

Posted in General News on October 25th, 2014

A Heritage Success!

As part of a lottery funded heritage project, Leeds GATE has been piecing together the history of the Lee Gap horse Fair and its importance for the local Traveller Community.

The project involved a small team of volunteers, recruited from the local Traveller community. Their activities included:

Visiting the Brotherton Library to view the special Gypsy and Traveller collections held there. Read more

Posted in GATE news on October 8th, 2014

Private sites: Get your applications in now! 

Calling all members (and non-members) seeking to develop private Gypsy and Traveller sites.  Whether you already have some land or are considering buying some to develop this into a site, the time to act is very much now.  Read more

Posted in GATE news on September 25th, 2014
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