At the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference in Manchester today (26 June 2018) Juliana Crowe, Rooftop Housing Group's Housing and Communities Director launched a brand new film looking at the idea of 'home' from the point of view o some members of the Gypsy and Traveller Communities.

The film features new potry from author Damian Le Bas.

Damian Le Bas’ “Stopping Places”, a personal history of the Gypsy & Traveller experience, has been getting remarkable reviews across the board, and now he lends his poetic voice to the subject of housing.

The New film, in which Damian’s work features, is the product of a group of organisations, led by Rooftop Housing Group. The group has come together to tell the human stories behind the sites they have delivered and now manage.

The film has been commissioned by housing associations Rooftop, Peabody, Cornwall, Elim, Teign with input from councils such as Teignbridge and Leicestershire, and consultants arc4.

South West-based artist and documentary maker, Polly Garnett, has gathered photographs, interviews and poetry to create the film.

The project is being supported by Jo Richardson from De Montfort University, drawing on her research for JRF (Richardson and Codona 2016) with the aim of challenging negative perceptions and influence local and national Government policy.