Newsletters

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  • Special edition, February 2017: 1 Day Without Us:
    • 1 Day Without Us is a National Day of Action on 20 February 2017 to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK, to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice.
  • Special edition, December 2016:
    • We are pleased to send you a special edition of the newsletter. Pleased, because some good news has come out of Parliament. One of Parliament’s select committee – Women & Equalities – has announced they are conducting an inquiry: “tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities”. We would encourage everyone who is able to, to send in a statement. The MPs say they want to hear from Roma communities in the UK; let them hear what we have to say. There’s more information below.
    • We carry as usual some European reports that people, groups and services might find useful; our own forthcoming training event, about working with Roma families and safeguarding; and a number of questions asked in Parliament this year by MPs and members of the Lords which include matters relevant to Roma communities in the UK.
    • And finally, a short piece about one of our new Roma Support Group workers – Assen Slavchev, one of the two new ‘campaigning and advocacy workers’ who started work in October.
  • 17th edition, November 2016:
    • This is not an easy time in the UK, or in Europe, or indeed North America. The decision to leave the European Union dominates. Our legendary Annual General Meeting is held next Monday at the new venue of Woodgrange Community Centre; everyone is welcome to attend and to listen, learn and contribute, and to celebrate with our musicians and our chefs! There will be a chance to hear a panel of speakers discuss Brexit and what it means for Roma; and a workshop in community languages about housing rights.
    • This newsletter continues to reflect the implications of Brexit. On the one hand, we are pleased to publicise the Migrant Voice event on 25 November; and to provide a platform for the organisers of One Day Without Us – a protest on 20 February 2017 by migrants and supporters of migrants in the UK. On the other hand, we have no option but to remember that there’s been a growth in acts of violence and intimidation since the referendum; and we are proud that our friends at Herts Gate have launched a “Report Racism” website particularly for Roma and Gypsy and Traveller people.
    • We are pleased to review a recent research report by a leading UK ‘think tank’ – the IPPR – about how local councils (and the government) should respond to how Brexit will affect Roma communities throughout the country. And to compliment this, we want to highlight a report written about how Roma women, men and children think about public services in Glasgow. The voice of Roma women and children, especially, is made very clear; maybe what they say is not new, but it’s said with real clarity and reason.
    • There is growing national recognition in this country of the Roma holocaust – and members of our community have recently had their experiences listened to by staff from the Holocaust Memorial Trust. We are pleased to highlight a forthcoming public lecture arranged by the Pears Institute about what they describe as the “entanglement of Jews and Roma in 20th century Europe”.
  • 16th edition, August 2016:
    • Brexit and the implications for Roma (and all EU nationals) living in the UK; including the video of the recent public meeting organised by Migrant Rights Network with leading legal and migration rights experts
    • London Borough of Brent and the denial of rights to work to Romania Roma
    • Roma children and a decline in their eligibility for free school meals; a research report
    • Rough sleeping Roma in City of Westminster (London); a research report
    • Roma and the criminal justice system; a policy briefing
    • Roma Support Group – two jobs advertised, closing date Wednesday 31 August
    • Roma Support Group – latest training event on Tuesday 11 October
    • European Commission’s assessment of the UK government’s Roma integration measures
    • Fundamental Rights Agency 2016 report on the European Union
    • Romed mediators’ training handbook
    • Anti-Roma violence in Lille and some English football supporters; statement from ERRC and FARE ? Romani language lessons…..
  • Special edition, May 2016:
    • For the May 2016 edition of the newsletter, we are producing a special one-off issue to advertise the election for a Roma co-chair of the National Roma Network, organised by Migration Yorkshire.
  • 14th edition, April 2016 – Includes:
    • From Roma Support Group:
      –  A new resource about education and Roma pupils, drafted for teachers and colleagues who work in schools, and drafted according to the testimony of Roma pupils, students and parents
      – The latest appearance of the Roma Bridging Sounds Youth Orchestra – playing at the Barbican, Monday 11 April
      – A briefing paper about how Roma, and Gypsy and Traveller, communities appear to be in serious danger of being denied access to European funding, which could help to achieve economic and social integration in England
      – Two submissions prepared: (a) to the recent Welsh Government consultation on a migrant Roma strategy for Wales, and (b) for a recent visit from the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
      – Two forthcoming training events run by Roma Support Group for professionals working with Roma communities, particularly around the theme of ‘safeguarding’
    • News from National Roma Network; about the recruitment of a Roma co-chair for the Network; the terms of reference for the Network; and information about the next meeting of the Network on Friday 22 April
    • A discussion about the extent of Roma integration in Glasgow
    • Two new publications; one from Show Racism the Red Card in Wales, and one from the Equality & Human Rights Commission
    • Information about how to apply for permanent residence in the UK, for EU citizens who have lived in the UK for over five years – including many Roma
    • And two issues concerning government policy in education; one, the present government consultation on funding for schools, which explicitly refers to the needs of Roma, and Gypsy and Traveller, pupils; and secondly, the latest government statement on consultation on Roma (and Gypsies and Travellers) educational matters
    • The film ‘Papusza’
    • Information about National Roma Day on Friday 8 April; and events in Glasgow, Derby, London, Leicester and Sheffield.
  • 13th edition, December 2015 – Includes:
    • The Bridging Sounds Roma youth orchestra; next concert Monday 7 December at 6.30pm in Stratford
    • Notes of a meeting held with a delegation from the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
    • Statement from Roma Support Group about the suspension of the Department for Education’s Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Stakeholder Group
    • Two live consultations taking place;
    • the Equality & Human Rights Commission consulting on three year strategic plan (close of consultation Friday 18 December 2015)
    • the Welsh government consulting on whether they should support specific proposals to respond to the needs of migrant Roma communities in Wales (close of consultation Sunday 10 January 2016)
    • A radio broadcast from BBC World Service about the failure of ten year “Decade of Roma” in Eastern Europe
    • An excellent, well documented and researched report on the access of Roma families in Kent to primary health care, and other NHS services
    • A ‘call for evidence’ from the AIRE Centre – a human rights centre dealing particularly with EU and UK law – about Operation Nexus
    • A workshop and seminar about Roma Learning Leaders, in London, on Tuesday 15 December 2015, organised by the Institute of Education
    • Season’s greetings from Roma Support Group…..
  • 12th edition: September 2015 – Includes:
    • An on-line survey from Buckingham University about access to welfare benefits for European and Roma migrants
    • A workshop on Friday 2 October promoted by Equal Rights Trust and Clifton Learning Partnership (Rotherham) on Roma Rights and the Equalities Act
    • The film Mulo: A modern Roma ghost story
    • A call for evidence from the AIRE Centre about Operation Nexus
    • Two articles from Europe; one about the Hungarian crisis and the links between the government’s hostility towards refugees and the prevalence of anti-Roma racism in Hungary (thanks to Open Democracy).  And another article which is a critical assessment of the recently ended Roma Decade in Central & East  European countries (thanks to Open Society Foundations)
    • News from Roma Support Group; four jobs are being advertised by RSG (three mental health advocacy jobs and a deputy office manager) and details about the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 17 November at Woodgrange Park Community Centre
  • 11th edition: August 2015 – Includes:
    • The report from Roma Support Group (Andy Shallice and Laura Greason) on the impact that benefit changes have had on migrant Roma communities in the UK; an assessment of the ‘call for evidence’ and conclusions/recommendations
    • At Roma Support Group, we are worried about the number of incidents we hear of clients and others are facing ‘informal removals’ from the UK. We are therefore pleased to have this guest post from colleagues and friends at the Aire Centre, (Anna B?u? and Matthew Moriarty); Migration is not a crime; deportation of EU citizens from the UK – when are they permitted?
    • News about the newly reformed National Roma Network by David Brown (Migration Yorkshire); and details of the next meeting in Birmingham, September 2015
    • The 2015 assessment by the European Commission of the progress of the implementation and effectiveness of member states’ national Roma integration strategies, with recommendations
    • The recent blog by the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner for Human Rights about Roma minorities in Europe; Time to debunk myths and prejudices about Roma migrants in Europe.
    • European Roma Information Office fact sheet; Hate speech against Roma in the media
    • Guardian article about the formation and development of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA)
    • News from Sheffield about the local community and public health initiative
    • UK government consultations about the 2021 census
    • Books; Hearing the voices of Gypsy Roma Traveller communities; inclusive community development (Ryder, Cemlyn, Acton)
    • Call for delegates; Roma Youth Conference, Budapest, 19-22 October
    • Research position for a PhD; The development of a tool to gauge the health and well-being needs of the Roma community in the UK, Greenwich University.
  • 10th edition: July 2015 – Highlights:
    • Details for the two major events in London commemorating the Roma Holocaust on 2 August
    • The recent major United Nations report on the worldwide issues of human rights and Roma
    • Two recent opinion polls on attitudes towards Roma in Europe
    • A campaign against ‘refusal of service’ experienced by Roma, Gypsies and Travellers
    • Roma families and communities in Newcastle; a living tradition
    • Training opportunities and jobs
  • 9th edition: May 2015 – Highlights:
    • Recent reports on the health and social care needs of the Roma (and Gypsy and Traveller) communities in the UK, and on the experience of Roma (and Gypsy and Travellers) in and of the criminal justice system
    • The World Bank’s advice on policy and practice for Roma integration
    • We ask if there is any evidence that the exclusion, discrimination and violence against Roma people and communities in Central & Eastern European countries has subsided
    • A forthcoming training event hosted by Roma Support Group – Working with Roma in a safeguarding context – and a forthcoming concert with our Roma youth orchestra
    • A new resource for cross-national exchange about Roma communities – the Smile project
    • News from the National Roma Network
    • A report of the recent Roma National Day event in Belfast, and
    • The latest invitation for funding projects on Roma integration from the European Commission
  • 8th edition: April 2015 – Includes:
    • Our own assessment of the failure of this government’s policy re Roma integration
    • Recent reports and examples of good practice re schools and Roma pupils and communities
    • Recent publications of good practice in Europe and the UK from Roma Matrix
    • More coverage of further attacks on EU migrants benefit entitlements; and tools designed to support EU migrants exercise their (diminishing) rights
    • Events supporting Roma rights – including the London event for national Roma day; poetry evening; and training events on homelessness
    • And employment opportunities (ok, opportunity)
  • 7th edition: February 2015 – Includes:
    • Information about the recent Ofsted report on schools responses to the education of Roma children
    • News of a number of forthcoming events
    • Two initiatives to support and develop the Roma voices in different parts of the country
    • Current news coverage and resources connected with the rarely featured Roma experience of the European Holocaust.
  • 6th edition: November 2014 – Includes:
    • Details of two major reports launched last month exploring the British government’s decision not to adopt a national Roma integration strategy
    • News of the British government policies to reduce access to welfare benefits for EU migrants
    • Reports on the Roma community organisation in Derby and MigRom in Manchester
    • News of a number of recent initiatives aimed at supporting Roma communities
    • Our patron has a haircut to raise funds for our early years’ project.
  • 5th edition: September 2014
    • This issue highlights the potentially massive changes that might affect Roma communities throughout the UK as a result of the government’s proposals to change welfare benefits for all EU migrants.
  • 4th edition: August 2014 – Includes:
    • An article from AIRE Centre on how and why Roma families and communities should consider seeking permanent residence in the UK
    • Further news and information about the continuing attack on benefits and access to benefits for EU migrants
    • News about the continuing absence of a national Roma integration strategy in this country, and how various groups are trying to encourage the Government to re-consider!
  • Special edition: July 2014 – Includes:
    • News of a funding programme directly addressing the needs of Roma communities in the UK
    • Details of a recent House of Commons Library report on migrants’ access to benefits
  • 2nd edition: June 2014 – Includes:
    • Summary of the changes in access to benefits that affect all EU migrants in the UK
    • Report on the National Roma day events, including the House of Lords debate secured by Baroness Whittaker
    • Recent Amnesty report on the treatment of Roma communities in Europe
    • Clear and understandable guide to EU law about whether member states can expel EU citizens for being unemployed
    • Report on the growth of Romano Lav in Glasgow
    • Latest news involving Roma Support Group, and events planned for this month’s Gypsy Roma Traveller history month
    • List of forthcoming events
  • 1st edition: February 2014: Includes:
    • Introduction to the work of the Roma Support Group and our newsletter
    • Articles by David Blunkett, Zoe James, Yaron Matras and Dr Martin Kovats on issues relating to immigration and Roma communities
    • News of recent works on Roma issues on film and in photography
    • List of forthcoming events

 

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