Roma Support Group submission to Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry into Results of the Race Disparity Audit, November 2017
In November 2017 the Roma Support Group (RSG) made a submission to the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee (WESC). This was in response to the results of the Race Disparity Audit originally launched by the Prime Minister to look into racial disparities in public service provision with a view to ending the injustices experienced by many people.
Awareness Programme for NHS staff; Working with Roma in Health and Safeguarding Context – Evaluation Report
This programme was supported by a Newham Together, 2016/17 Locality Funding Investment Plan grant. Newham Together is the Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) funded by Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Health Education in North Central and East London (HENCEL).
The Roma Support Group’s scheme ran from August 2016 to March 2017 and aimed to strengthen the quality and quantity of education for health and care workers through the delivery of Awareness Training Programme for NHS staff; Working with Roma in Health and Safeguarding context.
Supporting Roma Voice (SRV) was a practice-led project delivered by the partnership of three agencies: University of Salford, Roma Support Group and the BHA. The aim of the project was to support the growth of grassroots community advocacy as part of the growth of an inclusive and engaged Roma community in the UK. It focused on four thematic areas: Community Relations, Housing, Education and Employment & Social Welfare.
This research project, carried out by the Roma Support Group from September 2015 until January 2016, aimed to address the key priorities of the City of Westminster with regards to reducing rough-sleeping amongst Romanian nationals of Roma ethnicity and understanding the ‘pull’ factors leading to rough-sleeping in this borough.
This resource is based on 17 years of projects working with Roma children, young people and their families in the area of education, aspiration and mentoring. During this time we have come across a number of inspiring young people and the dedicated professionals working to support them. However, regrettably, we continue to see situations where successful engagement can be complex and challenging.
The purpose of this resource is therefore to: introduce the Roma community to those who are unfamiliar; provide basic practical information with a view to professionals going on to develop their own understanding and body of resources; but most importantly: to give Roma young people a voice.
In 2014 the government announced several changes to the way in which EU migrant workers could access work-related benefits and social assistance programmes. Following this, the Roma Support Group led a national “call for evidence” about the impact of these changes. Our report, entitled The Impact on Roma Migrant Communities of Changes to Welfare and Entitlements, traces the changes that have been implemented, details the findings of the “call for evidence” and concludes with a series of recommendations.
The Roma Support and Engagement Programme was funded by The Department for Education for the period 2011 -2013. The programme’s findings can be seen in the Roma Support and Engagement Programme’s Final Report.
Our three-year Mental Health Advocacy Project funded by The King’s Fund ended in 2011. We are pleased to announce that our Roma Mental Health Advocacy Project Evaluation Report is now available to download.
We are pleased to announce that our Action Research Report, entitled Improving Engagement with the Roma Community, funded by the London Civic Forum / National Empowerment Partnership is now available to download.
The Roma Mentoring Project was funded by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund for the period 2006-2009.