GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment) works on behalf of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Hertfordshire from a base in Ware. It offers advice, information and advocacy on all kinds of issues including education, planning and housing, homelessness, health and employment for example. It works with people on a one-to-one basis, at drop-in sessions, and through outreach at sites. GATE aims to empower members of the community by supporting the development of their capacity and skills, and helping to meet their needs. Overall it works with more than 200 families each year. Outcomes of the work includes improved relations between Gypsy/Traveller and non-Gypsy/Traveller communities; improved skills for individuals; and reduced isolation and discrimination.

At the October 2019 meeting of Trustees, the Allen Lane Foundation approved a grant of £5,000 towards GATE Herts. This will assist with core costs, including the rent of the office premises.

www.gateherts.org.uk