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    Getting it Right for Young Gypsy/Travellers

    Survey Research Report

    May 2010

    Beth Cadger

    Policy & Research

    YGTL Article 12 in Scotland

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    Executive Summary

    The purpose of this report was to ask young Gypsy/Travellers, their peers from the settled

    community and those working in a professional capacity to: tell us what you think that we,the government and other organisations, should be doing to make sure that young

    Gypsy/Travellers can exercise their rights to voice and opinion on matters that effect them,

    and to live free from prejudice? In order to achieve this, Article 12 in Scotlands Young

    Gypsy/Travellers Lives (YGTL) Projectutilised, over a year long period, various methods of

    research including: conducting online surveys, holding and attending various conferences,

    and face-to-face interviews. It was our intention, that by doing so, we would gain a wider

    spectrum of answers, include those with literacy issues or without access to the internet in the

    process and provide the young Gypsy/Travellers involved in the management of the YGTL

    Projectan invaluable insight into the different types of research methods available a coreskill which will hopefully prove to be extremely useful throughout the course of their lives.

    Various questions and common themes have been raised throughout the course of our

    research, which will be hugely important and influential in deciding our future course of


    Every stage of our research highlighted a strong sense of shared views. The major issues at

    the forefront of concern are: the development of better partnerships, consultation and

    networking between young Gypsy/Travellers, their peers, professionals and the national/local

    government; an increase in funding; greater provisions for health-care and education; a huge

    emphasis on increasing the quality and number of council and privately run sites; and a

    positive action campaign highlighting all the many amazing aspects of the Gypsy/Traveller


    Above all, it has been widely agreed that we all need to work together in order to end the

    racial discrimination faced by the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland today. We must

    help give a real voice to young Gypsy/Travellers after all, it is their culture that we all wish

    to safe-guard.

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    The vibrant culture of Gypsy/Travellers, their nomadic way of life and their strong family ties

    are all part of a tradition in which many of us can find our roots indeed, settled life is a

    relatively modern phenomenon. Despite this, discrimination and harassment towards

    Gypsy/Travellers on the grounds of their ethnic background is rife in our society, leaving

    many feeling cut-off and cast-out from main-stream culture. Article 12 in Scotlandhas been

    working with young Gypsy/Travellers from all over Scotland, alongside their peers from

    settled society and professionals in the field, in order to ask the question what needs to be

    done? Our policy is to ensure that young Gypsy/Travellers can exercise their rights and

    voice their opinions on important matters which effect them, allowing them to live their lives

    free of prejudice and helping to put an end to the last socially acceptable form of racism in

    Scotland today.

    The findings of this report were sourced via answers logged at The Young Gypsy/Travellers

    Lives Conference which took place in May 2009; a questionnaire which was posted on the

    Survey Monkey website between the months of April and December 2009; the March 2010

    Race Equalities Conference which was initiated by the Scottish Government; the Young Scot

    Were Here Conference which was held in March 2010 and finally through consultations

    with Universal Connections, also taking place in March 2010. Numerous methods of

    research were implemented in order to give our young participants experience, and indeed aninsight, into some of the various methods of gathering information - ranging from conducting

    face-to-face interviews and informal chats, to giving presentations and electronic voting.

    It is hoped that by asking the key question what needs to be done, we have succeeded in

    highlighting the major areas which really need to be worked on and improved, in order to

    help achieve a fairer society for all - without reference to individual lifestyle choices or

    bigotry towards different cultures.


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    The Survey Monkey questionnaire

    April December 2009

    Survey Monkey is an online resource whereby agencies, organisations and individuals can

    upload their own survey electronically. It is hoped that by doing so, relevant questions may

    travel further, allowing more varied and informative results. Article 12 in Scotlandcreated a

    survey which centred around the question what needs to be done? This survey was posted

    on various websites including the Travellers Times site, with a total of 30 participants

    taking part. Answers were received via the Survey Monkey questionnaire website, and also

    by hand-written responses logged on-site, which were carried out by our young

    Gypsy/Traveller Co-ordinator Karen Balfour, allowing those without internet access or with

    literacy issues to take part in the survey and voice their opinions. The nature of the survey

    meant that the responses received online were completely anonymous, encouraging honest

    opinions and real answers. It also gave a modern twist to proceedings and indeed it was

    hoped that by posting a relevant questionnaire online, a greater number of young

    Gypsy/Travellers would start to use the internet as a tool for information.

    Responses were received from both female and male participants, with ages ranging from 13

    years old and upwards, from all over Scotland. Around 60% of respondents were young

    Gypsy/Travellers, with the remaining 40% comprising of those in a professional capacity

    who are working towards helping to end the discrimination faced by Gypsy/Travellers on an

    all too real level, every day.

    There is a strong sense of common themes evident in the Survey Monkey responses.

    Primarily, young Gypsy/Travellers want help in establishing their own voice - a well

    informed and represented voice. This can be achieved through consultation with, and indeed

    by listening to, the Gypsy/Traveller community. Keeping this process jargon free will

    prevent alienation and enable everyone to take part and reach the decision makers through

    direct participation, giving the Gypsy/Traveller community greater representation andfunding opportunities within local authorities. It was also stated that there should be

    discussion sessions between professionals and Gypsy/Travellers before research is carried

    out, in order to ensure that relevant areas and issues are being highlighted. A progressive

    campaign which would promote the lifestyle and culture of Gypsy/Travellers in a positive

    light was also mentioned, helping to alleviate racial discrimination and promote alternative



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    Several key areas for improvement were also noted: more decent pitches and/or land

    available for rent; greater equality within education and healthcare; aid in stopping control of

    current sites; needs assessments for future provision of sites and services; better on-site

    facilities such as nurseries, creative and sporting pursuits etc; social spaces for young

    people; investment in on-site education, and more school visits in order to raise awareness inthe up-and-coming generation. There is also a need for help in improving working rights and

    ensuring that human rights in general are being met.

    In short, the results of the survey highlight a shared voice, asking for safer and more

    thoughtfully planned sites, decent health care and education, better rights for workers, better

    facilities for child-care, socialising, creativity, more choice of land and pitches, and help with

    technical skills. These requests are not unreasonable and are, in fact, commonplace within

    the settled community. We need to ask ourselves: why is this not the case for


    NB: A visual representation of these findings is available in appendix 2


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    TheRace Equalities Conference

    March 2010

    The Race Equalities Conference, initiated by the Scottish Government, took place in

    Glasgow during March 2010. The primary aim of the conference was to promote racial

    equality and tackle the racism and discrimination which is rife in Scotland today, as part of

    the One Scotlandcampaign. Article 12 in Scotlandwas present at this conference and used it

    as an opportunity to askwhat needs to be done?

    Participants were given a list of 8 key areas of improvement from which to choose, with the

    list of objectives being presented via the process of e-voting (electronic voting). The results

    echo those of the Young Gypsy Travellers Lives Conference and the Survey Monkey


    The top two issues highlighted were: better provisions