Welcome to the Roma Support Group e-bulletin for September 2019.
We are really proud of securing a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund to document the histories of Roma women and men and their families who now live in the UK. We worked with the Oral History Society and the London Metropolitan archive to record and store an extensive archive, that covers the experience of the Roma Holocaust in the second world war, through the post-war years and ‘post communism’ to migration and settlement in London. We have developed an exhibition which brings this archive and histories to the visual gaze. Come and see it.
We are also pleased to start holding our mental health peer support drop-in sessions, and the continuing growth of viewers for our video news channel, Roma News.
Of course, Brexit and the government are still with us. Nothing is getting any easier; the consequences of having a registration scheme for EU nationals, rather than our presence being confirmed by the authorities, is particularly affecting Roma communities.
It is the same government that wants to develop a “national strategy” for Roma, as well as Gypsies and Travellers. We are very sceptical.
Despite this however, we show how Roma staff are providing vital help in schools, and a wonderful video of Roma mums talking about breastfeeding. There is hope for the future too!
See our earlier newsletters below.