Gypsy and Traveller Communities in Scotland: Including, Supporting, Planning
Gypsy and Traveller communities face many challenges and barriers to accessing services and participating in society. This event will celebrate the unique diversity of Gypsy and Traveller cultures and explore how organisations across Scotland can ensure communities are included and welcomed.
In the past few months the Scottish Government has published a series of new documents which aim to improve wellbeing and opportunities for Gypsy and Traveller communities. This includes:
- ‘Guidance for Local Authorities on Managing Unauthorised Camping by Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland’
- ‘Guidance to Local Authorities on the Licensing System for Mobile Homes Sites With Permanent Residents’
- A consultation on ‘Improving educational outcomes for children and young people from travelling cultures’.
The publications recognise that Gypsies and Travellers are among the most disenfranchised and discriminated against in Scotland and face many challenges and barriers to accessing services and participating in society. The publications are based upon considerable engagement with stakeholders and Gypsies and Travellers across Scotland.
We will look at how organisations across Scotland can take a human rights approach and embed the requirements of these documents, and other guidance such as the 2015 ‘Guidance on minimum site standards, and site tenants’ core rights and responsibilities’ into practice. In doing so we will highlight some of the good work already taking place across the country.
Key issues to be addressed
- Gypsy and Traveller cultures and lived experiences
- Improving and maintaining permanent sites
- Managing unauthorised sites
- Access and inclusion in health and education
- Developing financial capacity
09:15 Registration and Networking
09:55 Session 1: Gypsy and Traveller communities in Scotland
Gypsies and Travellers have a rich, diverse and proud culture and heritage. In this opening session we will celebrate their unique way of life and consider the challenges faced by the communities.
09:55 Opening Remarks from the Chair
Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consultancy
10:00 A Celebration of Gypsy and Traveller cultures
Jess Smith, Storyteller and Author
10:20 Interactive Session: The Lived Experience of Gypsies and Travellers in Scotland
This session will feature two presentations, followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Lynne Tammi, CEO, Article 12 in Scotland
A Young Person’s View of Life As A Gypsy/Traveller in Contemporary Scotland
- Following an introduction to the history of the community in Scotland David discusses family life spent on the road in the summer months and the challenges of accessing education and other services
David Donaldson, Volunteer, Article 12 in Scotland
Introduction to Travellers' Times: Past, Present and Future
- Representation of Gypsies and Travellers in the Media
- Introduction to and screening of the short film: Oldest Show on the Road
Nic Millington, Chief Executive, Traveller Times
Panel discussion will include the speakers above, as well as:
Michael Molden, YGTL Co-ordinator, Article 12 in Scotland
Professor Colin Clark, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of the West of Scotland
11:10 Refreshments and Networking
11:25 Session 2: Planning
Good planning is essential for ensuring the accessibility of housing, health, employment, education and other public services however Gypsy and Traveller communities find that the planning system does not always reflect their needs. This session will explore how the local authorities can work with Gypsy and Traveller communities and meet their planning requirements.
11:25 The Gypsy/Traveller Community and the Planning System
- The Impacts of Land Use Planning on Gypsy/Traveller Culture
- The Legislative and Policy Framework
- Planning Material Considerations
- Creating an Better Understanding of the Planning Process to improve proper planning practice
Alan Seath, Volunteer and Associate, PAS
11:45 Improving and Maintaining Sites
12:05 Managing Unauthorised Camping and Engaging with the Gypsy/Travelling Community
- Engaging with gypsy/travelling community in the Scottish Borders
- The approach by Scottish Borders Council and its partners to manage unauthorised camping
- Some thoughts on improvements to this approach
Douglas Scott, Senior Policy Adviser, Scottish Borders Council
12:25 Questions and Discussion
12:45 Lunch and Networking
13:30 Session 3: Inclusion
This final session will consider how we can address some of the barriers faced by Gypsies and Travellers accessing services and ensure they can get the support they are entitled to.
13:30 Engaging in education
- Challenges faced by Gypsies and Travellers engaging in education
- Scotland’s draft Strategy on Improving educational outcomes for children and young people from travelling cultures
- What services can do to support Gypsies and Travellers to get the most from their education
- Resources and support that STEP can provide
Maureen Finn, Director, STEP: Centre for Mobile Cultures and Education
13:50 Understanding and Trusting Each Other In Partnerships and Practice
- We will learn more about the work with partners and Gypsy Travellers community in Fife.
Dianne Williamson, Lead for Equality and Human Rights, NHS Fife
Accessing Health Services
- The presentation will discuss the health outcomes of Gypsies and Travellers, the barriers they experience when accessing health services and their needs, rights and entitlements to health care.
Kelly Muir, Senior Health Improvement Officer, NHS Health Scotland
14:10 Questions and Discussion
14:25 Closing Remarks from the Chair
14:30 Close of Event
*Agenda subject to change
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