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Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group provides valuable assistance and information to the Gypsy community in and around Derbyshire. DGLG also has close relationships with local authorities and services to aid managing Gypsy culture with knowledge and respect. DGLG work is not exclusively in Derbyshire.
DGLG activities include:
The office is closed but the phone line is active and messages can be accessed by a code, we will get back to you, 01629732744 or you can e-mail email@example.com
Click here: Advice for keeping your family safe
The following letter has been sent to Derbyshire County Council and the Derbyshire Gypsy and Traveller Needs Working Group
I am writing in respect of the needs of Gypsy and Traveller families who may be living roadside in your area now or at any time in the next few months. If this does not come under you I would be most grateful if you could forward this email to the relevant person/s and, indeed, to anyone else to whom you think it might be relevant.
Whilst the Covid-19 Coronavirus is a worry for everyone Gypsy and Traveller people are known to have particular vulnerability, carrying as they do a greater and earlier burden of co-morbidities including for example Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) risk factors to these groups reflect the same level of co-morbidities, as those within street homeless populations, so protecting these disparate groups and communities should be the primary focus. This community are 3 times more likely to have multiple long term conditions. Added to this is the reality of living roadside without access to water and sanitation making universal advice of frequent handwashing more difficult to achieve. Contact tracing can be very difficult in communities that are being evicted frequently and healthcare very difficult to deliver.
The following challenges need to be addressed and acknowledged:
1) Largely mobile populations and populations with lower literacy are more likely to miss accurate public health messages.
2) Lack of trust between many GRT people and authorities is a historical reality and therefore advice needs to be communicated effectively and clearly, through trusted organisations and individuals, in a culturally appropriate and sensitive way.
3) Self isolation would be an impossibility if required to constantly be shifted around. This increases the risk not only to the immediate community but to the wider public.
In the circumstances we face over the next few months we are calling on you urgently to consider periods of negotiated stopping to be offered to roadside families in your area, along with provision of water. This would allow families equity of access to health care and for health staff to be able to deliver the right public health messages. Beside the clear and present danger of significant illness and potentially death among these vulnerable groups, enforced movement is likely to create an additional risk of unmanaged spread of the virus.
Whilst we understand that MHCLG have been asked to provide specific guidance on this matter we ask that you do not delay in formulating a strategic response to the vulnerability and risks faced by 'roadside' families at this time. We hope that any authority also acting as landlord to Gypsy and Traveller sites will be considering the vulnerabilities faced by these communities in the Corvid-19 response planning.
Our organisation would be happy to assist you in any way that we can.
Dr Siobhan Spencer MBE
Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group
Life On and Off the Hard Shoulder: Please see our research report, on our services befriending page here
Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. the theme for HMD 2020:Stand Together.
Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good.
- Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe
Holocaust Memorial Day will be on Monday January 27th in 2020. HMD it is a national event in the United Kingdom, dedicated to the remembrance of the victims the Porrajmos [Holocaust] or Sumaripen (the killings) first held in January 2001 it has been on the same date every year since.(usually 27th January) The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945; please note that this slide show contains images taken from the trip to Poland taken in 2010 as our memorial to the day these will be on the site throughout January.
For January 2020 we will also be adding to the slide show images taken on a further visit in 2019.
DGLG two-year review will be available on the reports page shortly
We celebrated Heritage Open Days 2019 14th and 15th of September see photos of the day here
WE project "Around Maria's Day" is selected for the program of festival "Days of Ethnographic Film" in Slovenia (1st and 4th March 2017). Please see Derby university page
1999 - 2014 past calendars.
As part of the Digital story of DGLG all the past calendars will be available on this page soon as PDFs please can we remind that most of the photographs are copyrighted in our calendars from DGLG archives or we were given permission to use them for the calendar by individuals that own copyright. Please contact us regarding copyright for permission if you would like to use any of them.
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