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Elaine Bates, Development Worker

Telephone: 01482 345872

The Hull Gypsy and Traveller Project started in August 2002 to research the opinions of the Gypsy and Traveller community in regards to services; a document was produced entitled “Evaluation of Sites and Services”. The document illustrated the need for work with this community to help improve quality of life, raise awareness and increase opportunities.

The project continued to work with the community, using the findings as a basis for its workplan. A series of Children and Family activities was delivered in order to gain the community friendship and trust. Hull City Council has kindly funded the project’s Community Development Worker in a full-time capacity since 2004, with funding confirmed until Sept 2011.

Difference between Sited, Housed and Highly Mobile Travellers

Sited – refers to those Travellers living on a site, whether that be Local Authority managed, private (with or without planning permission) or otherwise. Housed – refers to any Travellers living in a house Highly Mobile – sometimes also referred to as Transient Travellers are those Travellers that pass through an area and live temporarily on land without permission. Sometimes these Travellers visit an area for work, to visit family, weddings, funerals etc or to attend a hospital appointment. Others travel for ‘holidays’ or because they have nowhere else to go and live at each place as long as possible until they are issued with an eviction notices. Some highly mobile Travellers have a winter base, which could be a site or house but travel from Spring to Winter.

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