Delivering Services for Gypsies and Travellers
16 Mar 2010
8th Annual Conference. “Celebrating culture, supporting independence and moving beyond past injustice”. Held in central London

This conference, developed in partnership with the National Association of Gypsy and Traveller Officers, attempted to answer some challenging questions and assist local authorities and partners having to make tough decisions about where to allocate sparse resources.

Bill Forrester, Head of Gypsy and Traveller Unit & Kent Supported Employment, Kent County Council and Chair, National Association of Gypsy and Traveller Officers
Introduction by Conference Chair

Panel discussion: Assessing and meeting accommodation needs
Caroline Cormack, Head of Affordable Housing Delivery, Homes and Communities Agency Angie Emmerson, Traveller Service Development Officer, Hackney Homes Steve Forrest, Head of Housing, West Midlands Regional Assembly Pat Niner, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham Tim Wainwright, Director for the English Regions, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Panel discussion: Management of socially-rented sites
Mary Lee, Campaigner, Cheshire

Buffet lunch and networking
Special lunchtime session on setting up sustainable, low cost sites
Richard Bennett, Campaigner, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire Jolle Davies, Planning Officer, Bassetlaw District Council

Bill Holland, Assistant Chief Constable, Warwickshire Police and National ACPO lead for Gypsies and Travellers
Influencing communities to help stop crime

Joe Jones, Director, Canterbury Gypsy Support and Vice Chair, Gypsy Council
The role of youth clubs for Gypsies and Travellers

Ged Barry, Chaplain, HMP Full Sutton
Supporting Gypsies and Travellers in prison

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Panel discussion: Building trust in health and social care
Jenny Allen, NHS Equality Lead, Department of Health Patrice Van Cleemput, Research Fellow, University of Sheffield Cllr. Graham Gibbens, Cabinet Member for Kent Adult Social Services Angie Jones, Canterbury Gypsy Support and Youth Division Dr Nick Leach, General Practitioner, Market Harborough Medical Centre

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Panel discussion: How can Gypsies and Travellers best tackle employment discrimination?
Delphine Butler, Senior Traveller Services Officer, Gloucestershire County Council Jane Mansour, Director of Policy Research, Ingeus (Work Directions)