London Gypsy Traveller Unit - North and East London boroughs

London Gypsy and Traveller Unit

"Seeking to support, empower and represent Gypsies and Travellers on all levels"

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Community Development


Our vision is to encourage and support activism and accountable representation within the Gypsy and Traveller community. We aim to build the capacity of both individuals and their communities to address their concerns and to work for change. By working closely with community activists, we aim to develop models of representation in order for Gypsies and Travellers to have a voice and have to a say in issues that affect their lives. We seek to raise awareness amongst Travellers and Gypsies of policy and legislation and to encourage and support them in using their knowledge and experience to inform policy on a local, regional and national level.

What we do

Clays Lane site residents prepare for a meeting with the Council and the London Development Agency

Clays Lane site residents prepare for a meeting with
the Council and the London Development Agency

  • Offer support to residents on sites who are looking to change their situation, particularly those who are living on sites under threat of closure or relocation, or trying to challenge poor site management.
  • Encourage Traveller representation and participation through site residents associations, and other models of practice such as elected representatives.
  • Provide support and Training to Traveller activists.
  • Advise and facilitate the use of the media when appropriate to promote positive publicity.
  • Encourage participation and involvement in local and regional meetings.
  • Raise awareness of the changes in government policy and legislation.


London Gypsy and Traveller Forum

London Gypsy and Traveller Forum

We believe that our local knowledge and experience is key to informing local, regional or national policy. We seek to include input and encourage involvement from Travellers and Gypsies who can offer invaluable first hand experience.

Examples of this are;

  • Input on London Policies such as the Mayor’s LONDON PLAN 2010,   local Council’s policy and procedures such as site lettings procedures, licence/tenancy, Local Development Framework.
  • Involvement and participation in regional and national meetings such as the London Gypsy and Traveller Forum, co-ordinated by LGTU, and the Department of Communities and Local Government stake holders meeting.
  • Participation in consultations on changes in national policy and legislation.
  • Support attendance at other national meetings and conferences.