Gypsy, Roma and Travellers

Cornwall Racial Equality Council

Cornwall Racial Equality Council (CREC) aims to support the community by providing advice and information in a variety of areas.

Traveller Space is an independent voluntary organisation supporting gypsies, Irish travellers and new travellers in Cornwall and the South West to access the services and opportunities available to the wider community and to have a voice in decision and policy making processes.

Traveller Space have put together a useful guide called 'A Brief Guide to Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall'.

Travellers Times Online brings you the latest news, pictures, video, opinion and resources from within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.It has been developed by The Rural Media Company, funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and launched on International Roma Day - 8 April 2009.

The Traveller Movement in Britain seeks to raise the profile of Travellers in Britain and increase their say in decision making processes and forums. The TMB seeks to challenge discrimination and develop national policies that ensure the inclusion of Travellers in all levels of society.

Irish Travellers are an ethnic minority group who have been part of Irish and British society for many centuries. Irish Travellers are recognised in English law as an ethnic group and protected under the Race Relations Act. Irish Travellers are a highly excluded minority

In 2006, Friends Families and Travellers, The Irish Traveller Movement and the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit, established the Traveller Law Reform Project, to help bring about positive changes in the law in relation to the rights and needs of all the Gypsy and Traveller communities and to monitor the implementation of current legislation. 

The Gypsy Council - After many years of supporting and working in the educational rights of Gypsy people, the organisation was becoming increasingly involved in other issues which directly affected the educational prospects and advancement of Gypsy children and their families, e.g., the lack of legal stopping places, inadequate and unhealthy official sites, racism, inefficient health care, government and institutional harassment. At the annual general meeting in 1991, it was voted unanimously to change the name of the organisation to, The Gypsy Council for Education, Culture, Welfare and Civil Rights, to reflect the full extent of the work it does.

Inclusion Cornwall will look forward, challenge barriers and poor practices. Increase understanding, participation and improve the quality of life within Cornwall.

Social exclusion issues are often multiple in nature, inevitably linked and have spiralling consequences for vulnerable people in Cornwall. Economic, social and environmental issues such as worklessness, barriers to education, barriers to employment, vulnerable migrant workers, poverty and poor health are not the responsibility of only one organisation and must be addressed through a coordinated approach.