How do we help?
Rooftop are proud to support the Gypsy and Traveller community
The Gypsy and Traveller population in Worcestershire accounts for the largest single minority ethnic group within the county. Rooftop is an active member of the Worcestershire Gypsy and Roma Traveller Partnership, which aims to improve the lives and life chances of the county's Gypsy and Traveller community.
Tony Henderson, our Gypsy and Traveller Project Manager was appointed chair of this group in 2013 and every June the partnership delivers the 'Travellers Tales' event at Hartlebury museum, celebrating Gypsy and Traveller history month.
Part of this role is to promote a better understanding of the culture and needs of the Gypsy and Traveller population amongst partners and the wider community. For example, did you know:
that Roma people are thought to originate from India in the middle ages? that a married Romany man is called a 'Rom' and his wife a 'Romni'? or that the annual Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria attracts around 40,000 visitors every year?
Read our booklet 'Pride, not Prejudice' for an insight into Gypsy and Traveller life.
How do we get involved?
We are involved in a number of projects, such as undertaking the refurbishment of and extension to the caravan site at Houndsfield Lane in Wythall, delivering a new 11 pitch site at Gables Close in Solihull, and are currently negotiating (subject to approval) to undertake the management of a second site (7 pitches) also in Solihull.
We also provide advice and guidance for other organisations that wish to deliver their own affordable housing for Gypsies and Travellers. We have our own dedicated Gypsy and Traveller Project Manager, whose job it is to manage and develop new and existing Gypsy and Traveller sites and liaise and communicate with residents, both on site and in the local area.