Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month
Bringing Gypsy, ROma and Traveller History Month to Scotland
Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month (“GRTHM”) has been celebrated in the United Kingdom since 2001. Every June, the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller groups and individuals, alongside partner organisations, celebrate and share the richness of art, culture and history within the community. From awareness raising sessions to family fun days and museum exhibitions, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in Scotland has something for everyone!
The 2019 Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month in Scotland features events organised by Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community members as well as partner organisations including MECOPP, Article 12 in Scotland, and Romano Lav.
Programme of Events
2019 features a range of exciting events taking place all over Scotland - From Edinburgh to Oban and many places in between! See below for a full listing of planned events.
Please note, the list below is currently being updated with additional events and information.
Hosting an Event?
If you are hosting an event for Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month in Scotland 2019 we would love to hear from you. For advice in organising or promoting your event, or to have your event listed on this page, please contact MECOPP.
Below are copyright free versions of the 2019 logo provided by Article 12 in Scotland which can be used for any event organised to celebrate GRTHM in Scotland.
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Find out More
MECOPP Gypsy/Traveller Carers’ Project has produced a range of informative and educational materials to help raise awareness, dispel myths and challenge harmful stereotypes which persist around the Gypsy/Traveller Community in Scotland. Click below to explore and download these resources and materials.
Womens Voices Project
Supporting the Voices of Women from the Gypsy/Traveller Community in Scotland. The Women’s Voices Project aims to ensure the voices of women in the Gypsy/Traveller community are heard and supported at a local, regional and national level in Scotland.
This book contains detailed narratives from individual Gypsy/Travellers and photographs from Chattery (Our lives in ‘bits and bobs’), both parts of the ‘Moving Minds’ exhibition. For Chattery each contributor was asked to choose a special object that could be held in the hand. Chattery is a Cant word for ‘bits and bobs’ and Cant is a traditional language still used by many Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland today.
Two Sides of the Same Story
Using humorous cartoons, Two Sides of the Same Story highlights some of the attitudes that exist among service providers and contrasts these with the perspectives of Gypsy/Travellers in need of support.
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About MECOPP Gypsy/Traveller Carers’ Project
MECOPP Gypsy/Traveller Carer’s Project works with carers, and those being cared for, from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Perth & Kinross, Argyll and the Lothians. We are a small team working with people of all ages living in caravans and/or in houses. We have a strong track record of using community development approaches, and the creative arts, to raise awareness of informal caring and mental health, as well as being a key player in promoting strategic improvements at national and local levels.
We adopt a proactive outreach approach, working with individuals on the issues that are important to them, for example, often ‘caring’ is sometimes not the immediate priority but rather finding suitable accommodation or dealing with discriminatory treatment. The work of the Gypsy/Traveller team is multi-dimensional – including advocacy, community-led research and training, film-making, casework and policy development. We also work with partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors to develop their capacity to respond more appropriately to the needs of this marginalised community.