Involving the Gypsy and Traveller Community in Wales to Improve their Access to Services
Involving the Gypsy and Traveller Community in Wales to improve their Access to Services
This case study is based on an interview with an official form the Welsh Assembly. The Assembly is currently consulting on the draft strategy - "A Road Less Travelled, a Gypsy Traveller Strategy Strategy", thought to be the first of its kind throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The Welsh Assembly Government's guiding principle is that equality, diversity and the combating of poverty will drive all that they do, and so they recognise how important it is that the Gypsy and Traveller community have both a say in as well as access to essential services such as housing, health are, and education.
The draft strategy A Road Less Travelled has a number of aims:
- Realising the commitment to the Gypsy and Traveller community.
- Ensuring equality of opportunity and an understanding of the needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Wales.
- The opportunity to think about new, innovative, and flexible ways in which Gypsy and Traveller communities can access services.
The preparation of a strategy for the Gypsy and Traveller community is seen by the Welsh Assembly Government as the opportunity for a ‘new deal' for them and essentially a way of improving relationships and understanding between their community and the settled community in addition to service providers both locally and nationally.