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Yorkshire Roma SOURCE

Archive page - this project ended in March 2013.

News items from the Yorkshire and Humber Roma SOURCE project:

Roma and Health: a best practice learning event
January 2013
More than 50 people from around the UK attended the Roma SOURCE health best practice learning event in Leeds on 17 January 2013.

The event was the first opportunity to share the learning from our 3 Roma health champion pilot initiatives in Bradford, Rotherham and Sheffield. There were also some great speakers on other aspects of Roma and health.

Get your copy some of the presentations at

New short films show lives of Leeds’ Roma children from the inside
September 2012
Photo of young people at Harelhills Primary SchoolWe have just released 2 new short films about the lives of Roma children in Leeds.

The film ‘Our lives’ uses still photographs taken by Roma children at Harehills Primary School in Leeds, together with audio interviews with two of the children – Sebastian and Marketa, who talk about their lives in Leeds since leaving the Czech Republic, their memories of the country they and their families left behind, and their hopes for the future.

The companion piece ‘Our community’ follows the children and teachers around Harehills to give an idiosyncratic tour of their new home neighbourhood.

We think the films will be of particular interest in schools that want interesting audiovisual resources for awareness raising, to give a real sense of Roma children's lives in the UK.

Improving the health of Roma communities in the Yorkshire and Humber Region
September 2012
We have just published a short guide to good practice for health services in the Yorkshire and Humber region and those elsewhere who are working to improve the health of Roma communities.

We hope the guide will provide inspiration and guidance for people and projects working in this area. It also gives us an opportunity to celebrate some good initiatives which seem to be effective in improving the health of Roma people.

To download your copy, go to  

Welcome to Yorkshire booklet - now availableIllustration from the Welcome to Yorkshire booklet
July 2012
Our new pocket guide to life in the UK for Roma migrants is now available. It's aimed at Roma migrants and other similar groups, and provides brief advice on issues such as rights and democracy, driving, health, who to contact in an emergency and getting to know your local community. The content and format are based on extensive consultation with people who work with Roma and with Roma themselves. We very much hope the new guide will play a part in helping Roma people settle smoothly into their new home communities.

Copies of the 32 page booklet are available in English, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish in both printed and online versions. The guide is supported by a multi-language A3 publicity poster for organisations that want to advertise the new booklet to clients or other local groups or individuals.

To get your copies, go to our publications page.

Roma: poverty and resilience
February 2012
The next session of our Roma Practitioners Group will be on 29 February 2012 and is on the theme ‘Roma: poverty and resilience'. Speakers will include:

  • a Czech Roma living in Sheffield talking about her experiences, and her work with her church to set up a drop-in centre to address the needs of Roma families
  • Rotherham council, on work in Rotherham to address unemployment in the town’s Roma community
  • the British Red Cross on poverty, Roma women's health and exploitation in Birmingham and Sandwell

Progress with the community engagement pilots
November 2011
We have confirmed our 3 community and citizenship pilot projects in Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds. They are now producing individual action plans and should be able to start work in February 2012.

Latest on the Roma guide
November 2011
The Welcome to Yorkshire guide for Roma is currently in draft form, and we're consulting with our wider network on any final improvements before sending it to be professionally designed and printed.

Roma guide
October 2011
We're currently developing a small pocket guide for newly-arrived Roma to help them find their feet in Yorkshire and Humber. We aim to make the guide as brief and easy to understand as we can. We are currently discussing format and content with practitioners and Roma, and hope to have something ready in early 2012.

Health and citizenship champions
October 2011
We've had a second meeting with our health champion pilot areas to discuss practical issues to help them get started in early 2012. We'll be having an initial meeting with all our citizenship pilot areas in late November.

Engaging successfully with Roma communities
September 2011
We held a well-attended meeting on engaging better with Roma communities on Wednesday 28 September. The event included speakers from a London-based Roma community organisation, and also from the council and voluntary sector in Manchester sharing their experience of engaging with the city’s large Romanian Roma community.

Health project – areas chosen
September 2011
We’ve agreed the three areas for our health pilot project: Bradford, Rotherham and Sheffield. The project will develop a Roma ‘health champion’ model in these areas, to help bridge the gap between Roma communities and UK health services. We’re working closely with Altogether Better, who have already successfully pioneered a ‘community health champions’ model. 

Community engagement project – areas chosen
September 2011
We’ve agreed the three areas for our community engagement pilot project: Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds. The project will develop models to promote Roma citizenship and the involvement of migrant Roma in their wider communities.

Focus on education – Roma Practitioners Network Meeting
26 July 2011
Our second meeting of the regional Roma Practitioners Network was an opportunity for partners in the region to share views and experiences on the main issues in the education of Roma children and young people - the main underlying issues appear to be poverty, low school attendance, a need to raise aspirations both among parents and children, and language barriers. We also explored the possibility of developing a regional project.

Learning from others – the Roma Support Group
July 2011
In July we had a really useful visit to the London-based Roma Support Group, a community organisation that has worked with East European Roma refugees and migrants since 1998. As a result of this meeting, the Roma Support Group have agreed to co-present our September meeting on engaging successfully with Roma communities. 

A new network for the region
June 2011
The Yorkshire and Humber Roma Practitioners Network , a key forum for discussing and learning about migrant Roma, got off the ground with its first meeting in June. Over 25 people attended, from a wide range of organisations working with migrant Roma across the region, including: health, local government, police, voluntary sector and representatives from the region’s Roma communities.

See our Roma SOURCE page for more information.

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