The current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is a frightening phenomenon and will fundamentally change the way we all live our lives in the coming months. As an organisation, we have relocated to our homes and will be working hard to adapt our work to this new situation so we can cater to the needs and rights of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to the best of our abilities.
It is crucial to get information from credible sources such as employers, professional organisations, and government bodies
'Tutors for GRT' project
This project helps Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils to connect with DBS checked volunteer tutors during (and hopefully after) the Covid-19 school closures. The project takes into consideration parents possible illiteracy and digital exclusion levels.
Every pupil will have their tutoring tailored to their needs. Tutoring might be delivered through Whatsapp video calls, via Zoom or using email.
This is a partnership project between Traveller Movement and King's College London's RomBelong programme.
Information guides and fact sheets
Watch a video of our partnerships officer, Christina Kerrigan discussing the importance of social distancing and staying at home during the covid-19 outbreak.
Fact sheet for people experiencing domestic violence or abuse
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, read our fact sheet here
Fact sheet for attending funerals
For information on attending funerals, read our fact sheet here
Fact sheet on school closures
For information on school closures, read our fact sheet here
For information on free school meal vouchers, please read a fact sheet here
Information on courts, prisons and parole board hearings
For information on contacting people in prison, read our fact sheet here
For information on parole board hearings, read our fact sheet here
For information on access to Crown and Magistrates Courts, read here
Fact sheets on access to sick pay, universal credit and relevant legislation
For information on the Coronavirus Act, please read here
For information on access to Universal Credit, please read here
For information on provisions made for the self-employed, please read here
For information on access to statutory sick pay, please read here
Resources from other NGOs
Travellers' Times have released their Coronavirus Special. You can access it here
Travellers' Times have created a bank of free educational resources. Access through the link here
Leedsgate has a dedicated covid-19 webpage full of useful resources. Access it here
Equally Ours (pan equality membership group) have created a specific webpage outlining theirs and various organisations covid-19 policy responses. Visit their website here
The Community Law Partnership (CLP) have written about the use of evictions during covid-19 pandemic. Read here and here.
The CLP advice line is still open Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm for anyone affected by roadside evictions. Ring 0121 685 8677
Health and Wellbeing
For the latest government advice, visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
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You can access the World Health Organisation's website here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Employment and Benefits Advice
For the latest guidance for workers, including access to benefits, statutory sick pay, information for furloughed workers (employees on a leave of absence), and support with your rent costs visit GOV.UK here
The most recent update from government is available to read here. (31/03/2020)
For more information on our covid-19 work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on how to care for children and their mental health, please read here
Watch a video here by partnerships officer, Christina Kerrigan of how you can talk your children.
While social media is great for keeping in contact and entertainment, it is problematic in terms of accurate information about the virus. Only use trusted sources
Fun activities to do at home
To avoid being all doom and gloom, we will also develop and share resources that will bring some laughter and joy to peoples lives. We will get through this together!
To mark International Childrens Book Day, Ellie-May reads our booklet 'I Am Not Allowed to Play with You Anymore' to you all.
Watch till the end, Ellie-May has some wise words to share with us all
For fun things to do with your kids, why not try out the Rainbow Trail. Read an article in Travellers' Times about our partnerships officer, Christina Kerrigan and how she keeps her kids busy with some fun arts and crafts activities.
Romani Cultural and Arts company are holding a children's art competition to create the best safety poster. The first prize is a £50 voucher and is open to all ages up to 16. Visit the website here for more details.
Watch Romani Author Richard O'Neill read from Polonius the Pit Pony' on Youtube here