Creating Better Places for Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller Communities 2022

Creating Better Places for Scotland’s Gypsy/Traveller Communities 2022

Access, Engagement and Inclusion

Webinar, 27th April 2022

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The Gypsy/Traveller community is deeply rooted in Scotland with its long history and culture. Despite this, Gypsy/Travellers are too often marginalised and excluded from decisions that affect them. The roots of the inequalities experienced by the Gypsy/Traveller community are complicated and multifaceted, for example under-provision of sites, prejudice and stigma over many generations and a lack of understanding of their nomadic culture together with systemic barriers to access and participation in public services.

During the current pandemic, Gypsy/Travellers face additional risks from Covid-19, particularly efforts to limit the spread within Traveller sites. We know that Gypsy/Travellers are more likely to have pre-existing health conditions and be at increased risk of poverty, fuel poverty, food insecurity etc. so it is important that they are linked to wider local support and services during the pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic is now having a multiplier effect on existing inequalities for many Gypsy/Travellers.

The Scottish Government and COSLA published their joint Action Plan on Gypsy/Travellers, which coincided with the Planning (Scotland) Bill 2019 gaining Royal Assent and we now have the new programme for Government. These will all play an important part in improving outcomes for Gypsy/Travellers across a wide range of areas including education, health and social care and in securing quality accommodation, services and amenities which meet and respect cultural needs.

PAS has been working with Gypsy/Traveller community for many years to raise awareness of and access to the planning system to allow the Traveller community to have greater awareness, input, influence and control of decisions about place that affect their day to day lives.

Studies have shown that places where we spend our time have an important impact on our lives, health and wellbeing. Through various partnerships, PAS has been working with Gypsy/Travellers across Scotland to help improve understanding of the impact of place on health and wellbeing.

This event will focus on access, engagement and inclusion in planning, housing, health and social care, connectivity, education, decision making and more.

This is an ideal opportunity for Gypsy/Travellers, local and national government officers, elected representatives at local and national level, planners, community planning, community councillors, public health professionals, employers, infrastructure providers and all other relevant stakeholders to engage with other thought leaders and potential partners that can help forge solutions to the challenges faced by the community.

Event Agenda: 

10:00 Introduction from the Chair – Davie Donaldson, Conyach Advocacy & Engagement

10:20 Opening Address – TBC

10:40 The planning system, housing and infrastructure – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

11:00 Education and digital access Dr Maureen Finn, Director of STEP, University of Edinburgh

11:20 Provision of health and social care services 

11:40 Moving from enforcement to engagement  Margo McMillan, Gypsy/Traveler Integration and Engagement Officer, East Ayrshire Council

12:00 Q&A

12:20 Closing remarks from the Chair

12:30 Close

We have a limited number of ‘early bird places available for this event for just £30 each and include a recording of the event for future use; simply enter the promotional code EarlyBird (case sensitive) when booking your place(s). Delegate places for this webinar are a limited and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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