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Negotiated Stopping wins accolade!

Helen Jones By | July 20th, 2015 | General News

Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange have won the prestigious Lloyds Bank Foundation ‘Championing Change’ award for Yorkshire and Humber :)

The judges have recognised genuine change that Leeds ‘negotiated stopping’ programme has wrought in people’s lives.

Negotiated Stopping is the term, invented by Leeds GATE, which is used to describe a new approach to managing unauthorised -what we call roadside- encampment by Gypsy and Traveller people.  Very simply it means that the local authority no longer resort immediately to legal means to shift unauthorised camps; instead using dialogue and negotiation to enable travelling families to stay, for limited periods of time, on ground where it isn’t causing great inconvenience to anyone.  The families make an agreement with the authority about acceptable behaviour, use of waste disposal, when the camp will leave, and the authority more or less leaves them alone.  It doesn’t sound like rocket science but getting there has not been easy.

Before negotiated stopping in Leeds, camps were managed only punitively by either the council or the police depending on the circumstances, every action was geared up towards removing the camp.  Behaviour of some camp residents was unhelpful, media reporting was regular and negative; and the entire public narrative was about how quickly, or otherwise, these ‘nuisances’ could be removed.

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Getting things done – Self-advocacy and Gypsies & Travellers

Ben Chastney By | July 6th, 2015 | Leeds GATE Blog

marina on phoneGATE helps people to help themselves.  That has always been one of our key values, though often easier to support in theory than apply in practice, particularly in relation to advocacy.  The temptation, or perhaps pressure, is to simply complete the task at hand.  Too often that means both advocate and member alike focus on completion of a single task, at the expense of building up longer term self-advocacy skills.  It is therefore so positive to see many examples recently that this is not always the case.

We have at GATE been seeing a number of instances of members doing things for themselves, with or without our prior support. 

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Cottingley Springs residents raise funds and get Muddy!

Helen Jones By | June 23rd, 2015 | GATE news

Well done to 17 residents of Cottingley Springs who recently took part in the Mud Run at Temple Newsam Park to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research.  The group raised well over £400 and money is still coming in. The group were inspired by Kathleen Morrison, GATE worker, close relation and friend to many

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Tooth Hurty – time for the dentist

Ellie Rogers By | June 22nd, 2015 | Leeds GATE Blog

We often say at GATE if you get things right for Gypsy and Traveller people you will get things right for a whole range of people, I often think of this in my own experiences of trying to access healthcare systems.

How difficult the processes can be, the way you’re made to feel a bit like a nuisance and the reaction that provokes in me (okay, well I’ll just get on with it myself then). And if I am white, reasonably middle class, literate, a professional who works with healthcare providers all the time and, to a certain extent, I know how to codify my language to the situation – how difficult must it be if you find reading and writing hard, you haven’t got much credit on your mobile, you’re super stressed and you’ve got 3 kids to look after? Frankly,  I’d think to hell with it.

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