A Living Tradition

A Living Tradition is a Community Interest Company (CIC), and has been running for eight years.  The company uses the human rights history of the Northeast of England as an inspiration to encourage the development of the values of solidarity, tolerance and fairness today.  Based in Newcastle and Gateshead, its main focus is on supporting people in the local Roma community.  It has run several events in the local area, has also worked in schools, and has input into issues around hate crime and the experiences of Roma people with policy makers.

At the February 2019 meeting, Trustees awarded a grant of £3,000 to this organisation.  The funding will contribute towards costs of running a weekly drop-in Information Exchange.  Each week anywhere between ten and twenty people attend and benefit from advice and information on a range of issues such as education, housing, health and debt. Advisors from agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau also come to the drop-in to ensure their services are accessible to the Roma community.  Outcomes from the work are that the Roma community will have improved access to local information and services, better integration into society, and a build-up of trust within the local area.



One Voice 4 Travellers

This organisation operates across East Anglia from its base on a Gypsy and Traveller site near Wisbech.  It works in partnership with others to provide support to Gypsy and Traveller communities, reduce all forms of violence, improve health and wellbeing, and promote equality and good relations with the settled communities.  It is a well-established and well-regarded organisation offering advocacy, advice and help to individuals, and runs a number of projects.

The Foundation has awarded One Voice 4 Travellers a grant of £9,950 over a two-year period. This is towards the GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment) project which is building on previous domestic abuse work titled ‘Breaking the Cycle of Abuse’. GATE will raise awareness and provide information to women about healthy relationships, choice, control and abuse, and empower them to be more in control of their own lives.  It aims to involve 60 women living in or travelling through Norfolk over the two years – to increase their confidence, self-esteem and mental wellbeing; to give them a voice and empower them to make choices for themselves.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers aims to “promote rights and justice for Gypsy Roma and Traveller minorities who face the most severe forms of racism”.  It provides a key role in briefing parliamentarians and policy makers in issues affecting GRT communities in order to advocate for legislation and policies that promote GRT rights.  The Secretariat for the Group provides briefings of key issues and areas where it is felt that the APPG could have some influence with ministers.  The Secretariat role has very recently been taken over by the national charity Friends Families and Travellers.

Allen Lane Foundation has awarded funding of £5,000 towards the further engagement of GRT community members with informing and influencing this work.  A community engagement role at one-day-per-week will coordinate a pool of individuals to ensure that the Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities and local groups have some input into national policy.  Over the coming year, the work is likely to focus on issues including the Government’s review of eviction powers; education outcomes; and planning and delivery of site provision.

York Travellers Trust

York Travellers Trust has been working with, and supporting, the Gypsy and Traveller communities in and around York for more than 30 years. Its main aims are to empower Gypsies and Travellers; to improve their quality of life; and to enable them to become actively involved citizens. The charity’s core work is to provide essential services, training, and one-to-one assistance to community members which address their needs, especially in terms of education, employment, housing, social welfare, planning and engagement and participation.

In February 2018, the Foundation made a two-year grant of £3,500 per annum towards the York Travellers Trust’s general running costs. Over the period, the charity anticipates that it will benefit Gypsies and Travellers with increased confidence and employment options through building up their skills and learning; and by being better informed through tailored advice provision. It also aims to improve relations with the settled community through raising awareness of the Gypsy and Traveller communities, and providing training to public services and local organisations.


Byker Community Centre

This charity offers a multitude of activities and services for people living in the Byker area of Newcastle.  It works with and directly supports a number of the beneficiary groups which the Foundation funds. It offers a weekly lunch club for older people; runs two LGBT groups, one weekly and one monthly; and runs a weekly group in partnership with another organisation for women as part of their parole conditions, or for women at risk of offending.  In addition, the Centre’s activities help asylum seekers and refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, and people with mental health conditions.

In October 2016, the Foundation agreed a £5,000 grant towards the core costs of running the Centre.  Over the year, the charity aims to develop a fortnightly group working with female sex workers, and increase the current lunchtime provision for older people into a full day’s session.


TravellerSpace is a charity based in Penzance, which was established to support Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall and the South West. It helps people to access services and opportunities available to the wider community, and to have a voice in decision and policy-making decisions. The charity works with more than 300 individuals a year and runs various sessions, groups and projects.

Funding has been made totalling £6,000 over two years which is contributing towards the rent of premises for TravellerSpace.


Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group

The Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group provides a range of services and projects, and offers vital advice and information. It has over 25 years’ experience and expertise working with the Gypsy and Traveller community, and is an advocate for the community in relations with local authorities and other statutory services. It works to secure site provision in the county, seeks to improve health and education access and provision, and provides welfare and other advice to community members.

The Allen Lane Foundation made a grant of £10,000 split over a two-year period from June 2015. The grant is towards costs of employing a dedicated worker to manage the Group’s telephone helpline, ensuring a consistent level of support to people calling for assistance.


East Notts Traveller Association

This group aims to improve the quality of life for the Gypsy and Traveller community across Nottinghamshire. It offers advocacy and support services to individuals, and a telephone helpline and helps more than 300 people a year. It also runs awareness sessions in schools and other local venues, to increase understanding of the issues the Gypsy and Traveller community face and to combat stigma.

In February 2015, the Foundation gave a £1,000 grant as a contribution towards the Association’s travel and volunteer expenses.

Kushti Bok Charity

In October 2014 the Foundation awarded £2,500 over two years towards the general running costs of Kushti Bok. This charity works across Dorset to provide support and assistance to Gypsies and Travellers. It helps individuals with accessing services and education, tackling racism and overcoming prejudice, and promoting inclusion in the community.