Heritage Project Coordinator

We are looking to recuit a part time project coodinator to oversee a 9 month heritage project. The project will explore the history of the Lee Gap Horse Fair, the oldest chartered fair in England which takes place twice annually at West Ardesley, Leeds. You will recruit and coordinate a small research team of part time volunteers from the Travelling Community to  look back into the history of the horse fair and its importance in the lives of Travelling people over time.  The project coordinator will assist volunteers to record oral histories in conversation with community members. If you are interested in applying for this position download the attached documents and return to your completed application form to sharonatleedsgatedotcodotuk  (sharonatleedsgatedotcodotuk)   before the closing date Friday 21st March 2014.  Heritage Project Coordinator Application Form (2) Heritage Coordinator JD

Posted in General News on March 11th, 2014

Is the Leeds electorate short-sighted? I don’t think so.

WP_000201Our Leeds readers will remember a few horrendous years when camps were popping up on playing fields and cricket pitches, spoiling planned events such as gala’s and rugby tournaments.  The City Council is to be applauded for turning around an untenable situation inherited from the previous administration.  Leeds has become a beacon of good practice for managing unauthorised encampments which is now being emulated around the country from Kent to Cumbria.  The ‘negotiated stopping’ programme has saved at least £100,000 and considerably reduced nuisance and anti-social behaviour associated with Gypsy and Traveller camps. We all acknowledge that things are still not perfect and there is work still to do.  But there is a problem and the looming election will potentially make it worse. Read more

Posted in Leeds GATE Blog on February 19th, 2014

Freedom of the Press?

War on Gipsies A guest blog from Mark Duggan, a Gypsy Liaison Officer working in the London area 

Contrary to the children’s rhyme, words as well as sticks and stones, do have the power to cause hurt. We all know this, we have all in the throes of argument deliberately and spitefully used words to hurt, and most of us have regretted our malicious outbursts shortly afterward. Often in the form of a contrite apology once the dust has settled, and a genuine wish not to let our darker selves rise to the surface again.

Some people’s spite and malice however is not recanted or held in check. In fact it would seem to be a matter of professional pride (to some) that any opportunity to berate, belittle, demean, disparage, liable and provoke the Gypsy and Traveller communities is to be grasped with both hands and at every opportunity. Read more

Posted in Leeds GATE Blog on February 18th, 2014

ESA reforms – Some simple improvements


It is with great anxiety that many of us will read about proposals to further reform the rules for Employment and Support allowance (ESA), what used to be capacity benefit.  Already this support, with the questionnaires and medical assessments, has for many become a byword for lacking humanity and making unreasonable demands.  For a number of our members, who are either themselves claiming ESA or related to someone who is, they will likely be sceptical that the proposed changes will do anything but make their already challenging situations  more difficult.

Of course, we must be fair and not immediately dismiss the changes as nothing more than a thoughtless hardening of the system.  We also must not be naïve to the reality that toughening up on Incapacity related benefits is widely popular and perhaps necessary in some circumstances.  It is more useful to provide some constructive points about what would actually improve things for both the Government and the claimant.   Read more

Posted in Leeds GATE Blog on February 17th, 2014
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