Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange (GATE) is a community group based in West Yorkshire whose aim is to improve the quality of life for the local Gypsy and Traveller community, particularly around accommodation, health and wellbeing, education, employment, financial inclusion and citizenship.
With funding from Lankelly Chase, Leeds GATE is using the Asset-based community development (ABCD) approach to map out the strengths of the local Gypsy and Traveller community and examine the services which have an impact on them.
This work is based on the belief that previous approaches to the Gypsy and Traveller community have been ineffective, because they are based on imposing ‘interventions’ without consulting or collaborating with the people they are aimed at. It is also because there has been a structural failure to address needs as and when they arise, which leads to increasing and repeated demands for services – like the expensive cycle of eviction for families who have nowhere legal or authorised to go.
Leeds GATE is therefore aiming to change the whole local area response to Gypsy and Traveller communities by transforming thinking away from the assumption that they are ‘needy consumers’ and must ‘compete’ for local, one-size-fits-all services, and towards recognising them as capable partners . De Montford University is supporting the project’s evaluation, which will explore how asset-mapping and the ABCD approach can be used with other disadvantaged and minority groups.
For more information: www.leedsgate.co.uk