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South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


Understanding the Lifestyle of the Travelling Community



Jul 17, 2012

Course Duration:

1 day (10.00 - 4.30)


Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH


This one-day event is suitable for those with contact with Gypsy and Traveller groups and for anyone whose work impacts on Gypsies and Travellers to explore the fundamental differences between different travelling communities. It is of particular benefit for Councillors, Planners, Social Inclusion Officers,
Education and Health Workers.


To learn about the issues and implications of working with different Gypsy & Traveller groups (including Romany, Irish Travellers, Show People, Bargees and New Travellers) by understanding the cultures, histories and traditions.


  • Gypsy & Traveller Awareness – exploring the perceptions, myths, history, traditions, culture, ceremonies and etiquette relevant to the various Gypsy & Traveller groups
  • Gypsy & Traveller Panel – (a question and answer session) the panel will consist of representatives of different traveller groups including Romany, Irish and New Travellers
  • Animals and Fayres – the importance of and common issues regarding domestic animals and the significance of horse fayres
  • Tolerance and Acceptance – engaging with the settled community by rebuilding pre-conceived perceptions and breaking down barriers
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“Really good course and excellent opportunity for networking”

CPD:  5 hours

Member Organisations:  £150
Associate Organisations: £170
Non-Member Organisations: £190

(All prices subject to VAT.  Discounts for multiple bookings may apply)


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