Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month
Updated: Jun 19
Every June, since 2008, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) History Month has been celebrated. Rooftop has a proud connection with the GRT community. This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, events to mark the month have not been possible, but many articles and resources have been made available online. Rooftop has worked on projects with the Travellers Times in recent years, and their publication is full of interesting heritage stories for history month. Here is their article giving an overview of the month.
The Gypsy and Traveller population in Worcestershire accounts for the largest single minority ethnic group within the county. Rooftop Housing Group 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. 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.
There's lots more interesting information here, so click on the pdf to find out more.
Our sites at Houndsfield Lane and Gables Close provide 33 plots for Gypsy and Traveller families. 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.
Rooftop provides advice and guidance for other organisations that wish to deliver their own affordable housing for Gypsies and Travellers, and we are proud to support their community.
Many thanks to Travellers Times for allowing us to reproduce their article and Online Pack