Rooftop is a leading provider of culturally appropriate homes for the Gypsy and Traveller community, and active members of the National Policy Advisory Panel on Gypsy and Traveller Housing (NPAP), and the National Association of Gypsy Traveller Officers (NAGTO).
The Gypsy and Traveller population in Worcestershire accounts for the largest single minority ethnic group within the county.
Rooftop Group Chief Executive, Boris Worrall has established the National Policy Advisory Panel on Gypsy and Traveller Housing (NPAP).
NPAP is linked to the Oak project, the aims of which are to focus on the following three themes:
- Enabling planning for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) sites
- Encouraging resident voice/co-production
- Improving site management
- The term Gypsy is often used as a general name that includes these distinct groups of people:
- Gypsies (including English Gypsies, Scottish Gypsies or Travellers, Welsh Gypsies and other Romany people)
- Irish Travellers (who have specific Irish roots)
- Roma, understood to be more recent migrants from Central and Eastern Europe
The term Traveller can also encompass groups that travel. This includes, but is not limited to, New Travellers, Bargees and travelling Show people.
- Around 300,000 Gypsies and Travellers live in the UK. Around 200,000 live in houses and 100,000 in trailers (caravans).
Read our booklet 'Pride, not Prejudice' for an insight into Gypsy and Traveller life.
Pleas also read Places We're Proud Of by Rooftop Housing Group for more information.
Gypsy and Traveller site, Solihull
Gypsy and Traveller site, Near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
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