Gypsy and Traveller communities - voices
There is no substitute for hearing from the people in the excluded groups themselves. This Voices section contains links to publications and other media, such as videos, that try to capture the lived experience of their situation.
BBC Kent Romany Roots: personal stories
These are stories about different aspects of Romany life, heritage and culture.
Bedfordshire Libraries: Gypsy: Gypsy, Roma, Traveller: Stories of everyday life
Part of a collection of information in different formats put together by Bedfordshire libraries.
Gypsy Roma Traveller Leeds: Travellers' Stories
Three Travellers tell their stories.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2012) Perspectives on ageing in Gypsy families
This paper explores the views and experiences of older Gypsies. “Traditionally Gypsies have been nomadic but successive governments have legislated against Gypsy life. Many Gypsies have now been forced to abandon their traditional ways and live on permanent sites. Consequently, many Gypsy elders lookback on their nomadic life with great affection and a sense of loss, not only for themselves but also for young Gypsy families who will be denied the opportunity to follow these traditions”.
Social Care Institute for Excellence Social Care TV: seldom heard groups: Gypsy Travellers
Social Care TV is an online channel for everyone involved in the social care sector, both staff and users. This video in the 'Seldom heard groups' series tells the story of Henry, a Romany Gypsy, and former service user of Friends, Families and Travellers. Henry now acts as a care worker for this support group using his experiences to help other Gypsies and Travellers with issues around accommodation, eviction and difficulties accessing health care. Each story in the series points to related information and resources.
South East England Regional Assembly (2008) Somewhere to live
A specially commissioned film to support consultation on new Gypsy and Traveller caravan sites in the Regional Assembly. The films include region-specific views from members of the public, Gypsies, Travellers and their neighbours. In addition, the films share interviews with Romany journalist Jake Bowers and Gypsy student Christina who explain myths, culture, public perceptions and the need for legal sites that give people access to education and healthcare.
Travellers Times channel YouTube
Travellers Times Online is a new online service from the Rural Media Company - producers of Travellers Times, Britain's only magazine for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.