Welcome To Gate

we are a community led organisation who seek to educate both Travelling Communities and the Wider Population to live side by side in a diverse society

  • Integration with the local community
  • Understanding between GRT and local community
  • Develop skills of GRT individuals


Being a charitable organisation, we welcome volunteers to get envolved helping our community come together

Hate Crime

We work with victims of hate crime within Gypsy and Traveller communities, supporting victims and encouraging reporting of hate crime incidents

About Gate Herts

We are a membership organisation for Gypsy and Traveller community across Hertfordshire


Call our Hate Crime team if you have been a victim of abuse or racism


Text our Hate Crime team if you have been a victim of abuse or racism


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Latest News

Herts Floristry Workshop

Sherrie Smith, a successful Romany Gypsy businesswoman and florist, is sharing her skills at the first ever Romany Gypsy-lead floristry workshop in Hertfordshire.   The

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Latest News

Herts Floristry Workshop

Sherrie Smith, a successful Romany Gypsy businesswoman and florist, is sharing her skills at the first ever Romany Gypsy-lead floristry workshop in Hertfordshire.   The

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Latest News

Review Of Powers

Housing Minister Dominic Raab announced that there will be a review of powers to tackle unauthorised encampments /developments.

Housing Act 1996

This Act defined a person as homeless if they have accommodation but cannot secure entry to it

Homelessness Act 2002

By July of 2003, all local authorities were required to develop housing strategies that reviewed and predicted levels of homelessness within the authority’s area.

Planning Policy For Traveller Sites

the planning system discriminates against Gypsies and Travellers with 99% of applications refused, as opposed to 10% of applications from the settled community.

The deadline for responses is 15 June 2018

Consultation Document

The consultation document has an unfortunate negative tone.

enforcement powers regarding both unauthorised encampments and developments are already sufficient and don’t need to be made any stronger.

It is essential that as many as possible of those who support Gypsies and Travellers respond to this including Gypsies and Travellers themselves.

Press Release

Government review of the law and powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments has been announced by the Housing Minister.


Please support us to protect and maintain their cultural and traditional way of life. The Gypsy Traveller Demonstration took place on Saturday 21st May 2016 

The Demonstration was a March with the community, placards, horses, banners and a petition! The petition was to support the UK’s Romany Gypsy and Traveller people, in bringing down a new law which seeks to meddle with who they are and deny their children a home. 

Facebook News

People in prison: Gypsies, Romany and Travellers
A findings paper
by HM Inspectorate of Prisons

In 2012–13, 5% of 15–18-year-olds held in young offender institutions (YOIs) identified themselves as Gypsy, Romany or Traveller, the same proportion as in the adult estate, although in YOI Warren Hill, this was particularly high (12%)26. However, in secure training centres (STCs) which hold young people aged between 12 and 18 years old, a notably higher 12% considered themselves to be Gypsy, Romany or Traveller. In Medway STC in Kent, this figure was 22%2
marginalisation among Irish Travellers in prison.

A quarter (25%) reported having been in segregation in the previous six months, compared with 17% of non-Gypsy, Romany and Traveller prisoners.
1.25 However, in contrast to the adult population, Gypsy, Romany and Traveller young people in STCs were far less likely to report that they had been physically restrained (7% compared with 31%)31. Unlike their adult counterparts, they were also far more likely to report that they felt too scared or intimidated to make a complaint (27% compared with 7%)32.

Our surveys support assertions in other literature that the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller group are experiencing poorer outcomes across a range of areas. Most concerning are the negative perceptions of their own safety in prison and the levels of victimisation they report, both priority areas where action is needed. Prisoners who consider themselves to be Gypsy, Romany or Traveller are also more likely to report problems in areas of health, including mental health, and substance misuse. However, they consistently state they are less likely to receive support in these, and other, areas. We have identified good practice in some establishments but in others this is hampered by the lack of knowledge about these prisoners.
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Prisons are telling us they are having difficulties progressing through the system because of low literacy. The odds are stacked against them, and some are past their tariff.

There is a correlation between low literacy levels and incarceration. According to the Shannon Trust, 50% of prisoners in the UK have a reading age of 11 or lower.

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A Good Day for the Travelling People – may we continue to rise from it.

A Tome Talosk ar a Minceir geels – crush ain a aswuirt

(18th July 2019) Today the Irish Traveller Movement is delighted to announce the acceptance of Traveller tinsmithing and the Traveller language Gammon (sometimes known as Cant or academically as Shelta) into the UNESCO Inventory of Intangible culture as part of safeguarding Ireland’s living culture, in tandem with the UNESCO Convention and announced by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.
Bernard Joyce Director of the Irish Traveller Movement said “This is a momentous acknowledgement of the culture, history and heritage of Travellers but also as a part of Ireland’s collective cultural heritage. Given recognition by the Irish state of our ethnicity in 2017, the Irish Traveller Movement and Traveller representative groups have sought to give expression to the very specific contribution and value of Traveller culture and heritage to enriching Ireland’s heritage narrative. This is a hugely important first step towards greater dialogue with the State of how we preserve, elevate and promote Traveller culture and heritage both in our national consciousness and story and provide supports for the Traveller community specifically, to enjoy and participate fully in our cultural rights (1).

According to Oein DeBhairduin, Vice-Chair of the Irish Traveller Movement and Traveller Language Custodian “This inclusion is deeply welcomed at a time where the community is seeing a resurgence of the use of Cant and is exploring ways to protect, expand and promote it among younger Travellers. There have been recent efforts in the community, holding national workshops and collective spaces. While it has been interpreted as a secret language, it is, in fact, a private one in which our community holds a deep reverence of its beauty and protected preservation.”

The craft of tinsmithing

Only a small handful of tinsmiths remain in Ireland today. A highly sought craft and part of Irish rural life and beyond for centuries, it experienced rapid decline upon the introduction and availability of plastic. In the 1950s.

Providing an invaluable service to rural Irish farming Iife, Traveller Tinsmiths would travel from place to place repairing and producing farm equipment and utensils. Formerly passed from father to son, Traveller tinsmithing is a visible and unique heritage story of Ireland’s only nomadic indigenous people.

A small curated collection is available in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. /

Gammon (Cant/ Shelta)

Gammon (Cant/ Shelta) a third indigenous language in Ireland and long recognised by linguists and academia and the Irish state. It is a language composed of Gammon lexical items and a Hiberno-English morph syntactical framework, a unique language to Travellers.

Importantly while the language was not formally thought within the community, it was widely spoken and continues to be preserved by the community.

Linguistically it is distinct as it is uniquely and directly of ethnic minority origin and used as a linguistic tool of inter-community engagement (very often utilised as a means to preserve privacy in intracommunity dialogue). Morphosyntactically, Gammon is also of a unique blend of native Hiberno-English grammar and the unique native ethnic Traveller lexicon; a majority which rises from old Irish Gaelic. (2)

(1) International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), recognizes and protects a number of core economic, social and cultural rights, and the right of ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities to engage in their culture, practice their religion and use their language in Article 27.[3] Like other covenants and treaties to which Ireland is a signatory, while not binding, ICESCR has persuasive value.

(2) See Hickey 2007b: 282, O hAodha 2002 for an overview of Irish Gaelic and community transpositions, alongside Binchy 1994; 1995; 2002; Hancock 1974, O hAodha 2002, Ni Shuinear 2002, MacAlister 1937; Brown 2002, Cauley 2006, Grant 1994)
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Congratulations! Some of my ancestors were tinsmiths from Mallow, County Cork.

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