What it's like to be a gipsy roma child...

A DVD aiming to promote a greater understanding of gipsy roma travellers has been put together with help from children of the community itself.

The youngsters joined forces with Worcestershire County Council’s Gipsy Roma Traveller (GRT) Education Team, journalist and romany Jake Bowers and romany storyteller Richard O’Neill.

It aims to foster more understanding of the GRT community by reflecting on issues from the past and present, while examining changing attitudes over the past 40 years.

Kay Poole, head of the GRT Education Team, said: “The young people that worked with us on this project were amazing.

“They were able to discuss the changes that have taken place and also willing to discuss rationally some of their own experiences as young travellers growing up in Worcestershire.

“We are really looking forward to sharing our finished archive project.”

To further spread the word every school in Worcestershire will receive a copy of the DVD which was created as part of the county council’s archive project.

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6:04pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Lord Newbold says...

Gypsy children are no different to any other children.
They play they shout and scream, they cry when hurt, bleed when the fall, and their blood is red like everyone else’s.

However, let us not lump Irish Tinkers and Romany’s under the same category. Here is an outstanding difference has witness by myself.
In our area, we have an itinerant campsite that is now completely established and pays their dues to the local council.
The children of these itinerants (Irish Tinkers) attend one of our local schools. One day I was walking down the road and taking a short cut through the back streets. School had just finished and all the children rushed out and started on their way home.

Parked in one of the streets two vehicles where parked one was an Aston Martin the other a brand new Jaguar. Some children ogled both cars; however, the itinerants’ children just ignore both these cars, but were very interested in an old battered wagon full of scrap.
Gypsy children are no different to any other children. They play they shout and scream, they cry when hurt, bleed when the fall, and their blood is red like everyone else’s. However, let us not lump Irish Tinkers and Romany’s under the same category. Here is an outstanding difference has witness by myself. In our area, we have an itinerant campsite that is now completely established and pays their dues to the local council. The children of these itinerants (Irish Tinkers) attend one of our local schools. One day I was walking down the road and taking a short cut through the back streets. School had just finished and all the children rushed out and started on their way home. Parked in one of the streets two vehicles where parked one was an Aston Martin the other a brand new Jaguar. Some children ogled both cars; however, the itinerants’ children just ignore both these cars, but were very interested in an old battered wagon full of scrap. Lord Newbold

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