A Politician’s responsibility to be fair

416__x330_council-chamber-1000One unfortunate observation brought out by the recent dispute over the proposed planning application in Morley, is the apparent clash of responsibilities of those in power.  In this instance we have in mind local elected representatives, where the words and actions of some has undoubtedly been hurtful and indeed had a negative impact on the wellbeing of many members.  The possible clash is between the responsibility of such councillors and other politicians to represent and advocate for their constituents and in maintaining a fair line, which respects equality rules and alike.  I say possible and apparent clash for in reality I see no actual conflict.  Read more

Posted in General News, Leeds GATE Blog on July 4th, 2014

Cllr Finnigan won’t silence our work to support peace among neighbours

Councillor Finnigan of Morley Independents has chosen to take to his blog to call Leeds GATE the ‘Thought Police’.  His comments appear to be prompted by two things; one his misunderstanding of our purpose and response to the current Traveller site planning application in Morley; and secondly an ongoing formal complaint from ourselves and a national representative organisation – The Traveller Movement – to Leeds City Council suggesting that Councillor Finnigan’s actions may contravene equalities legislation.

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Posted in GATE news, Leeds GATE Blog on June 26th, 2014

ABCD Project Evaluator Opportunity

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange are seeking to recruit an experienced and dynamic evaluator (suitable collaborations or partnership tenders will be eligible to apply) for our three year asset based community development project funded by the Lankelly Chase Foundation. The project is seeking to use asset based community development (ABCD) and co-production techniques to bring about attitude shifts leading to actual and measurable change in public service design, access and delivery.  Read more

Posted in GATE news on June 20th, 2014

Valerie Elliot reviews a little book for bereaved children

different without you


“It’s different without you” by Carol Rogers (A senior lecturer from Buckinghamshire New University).

This is a book for Traveller children, its about when some-one you love has died.  It was very good. It talks about how a child might deal with some of it.  Anyone who has lost some-one could use it not just a child.

I thought there was one or two things that could have been included. When my Mam died when I was a child no-one really talked about it, or about her.  I know  some Gypsy people don’t talk about people who’ve died.  As a child I think you don’t want to fetch it up in-case you upset somebody. And you don’t want to make the people around you cry or upset.

Even though as an adult we know its alright to cry and be upset, as a child you keep getting asked and told not to, so you might not.  I don’t think it should be asked for you not to cry or keep your feelings to yourself.  And i think it should of been put in that the child might prefer to talk to or be asked about it by someone else that’s not the child’s family.  A child might need this.  Children shouldn’t have to keep their feelings or thoughts to themselves.   The book seems like a good starting point to help.

Reviewed by Valerie Elliott.

The book can be bought from Blurb publishing. www.blurb.co.uk  the links below will take you directly to either the e -book or print version.

An ebook is availalbe for £2.99 from this link  http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/p535bf3e6267f6c494178

and printed copies for  £11.95  http://blur.by/1yBAkem

You can also download a PDF version here itsdifferentwithoutyou

Posted in General News on June 20th, 2014
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