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Travelling Ahead - National Forum 2016

On 3rd March 2016 we held our 8th Travelling Ahead National Forum at Baskerville Hall in Hay-on-Wye.

The atmosphere was great with the young people engaging with the workshops on offer and we received very positive feedback. Three members of the Youth Advisory Group led the introductions and ice breakers in the morning, developing skills they have learnt through the PEER project. We had 36 young people and 35 adults attend from 6 areas across Wales. We were joined by Sally Holland the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Welsh Government Fairer Futures team and a wonderful range of professionals, acitivists and positive role models from Gypsy and Traveller communities across the UK.

Brilliant Workshops

We were exremely lucky to have members of the Gypsy and Traveller community to join us to deliver a range of workshops for young people. 

Sherrie Smith and Josie O'Driscoll delivered a TRAP (Travellers and Romanies Against Prejuduce) workshop on discrimination. In the afternoon they ran a floristry workshop making wonderful Mother's Day baskets. You can read more about TRAP on facebook here

Sybil Lee and Cath Larkins ran a workshop on the PEER EU Project with a group of young people which included skyping a group of Roma young people from the young people's PEER Group in Romania. 

Jim Davies who is Chair of the GRTPA ( Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Police Association)  provided a really interesting workshop with hot debate on the police and his experiences as a police officer from the Gypsy community. Read more about GRTPA here

Nathan Probert from Pembroke & Dock Amateur Boxing Club provided a physical workshop for young people to have a boxing taster session which was very popular.

Jess Morgan Yoozer Crafts provided activities making Eye of Gods in the morning and creating wonderful Book Art pieces in the afternoon with some very creative young people.

Abi Angus from the Traveller Movement ran an inspiring workshop on positive role models within the Gypsy and Traveller community. 

Mike Doherty the editor of Travellers Times was roaming for the whole day speaking to young people informally.

Tom Tom Hendry the Gypsy Liaision Officer for SEWREC was also attended the day, spreading the word about the All Wales Gypsy and Traveller Organisation currently being set up.

Jim Davies - GTRPA

Sybil Lee and Cath Larkin - PEER Project

Sherrie Smith and Josie O'Driscoll - TRAP


Sherrie Smith Flowers


Jess Morgan - Eye of God

Jess Morgan - Book Art

Abi Angus - Traveller Movement

Nathan Probert - Boxing Training

The Young People's Aims for the Day

What young people have been getting up to in their local areas.

Planning for next year

We would like to know your thoughts on the event so we can get planning for next year (yes we are that organised at Travelling Ahead!)

Thank you to everyone who has provided us with feedback so far. If you haven't please get in touch as we would really like this event to have the maximun impact and be an enjoyable day expanding on young people's experiences.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came and made this the success it was.  We are really proud of the young people who made this day so successful and we hope you have all been inspired to focus on issues which are important to you and we hope even more young people will attend next year. We are looking forward to it......we hope you are too!