Gypsy Travellers are largely absent from history or misrepresented and mythologised in our culture and folklore — often in the crudest and most damaging of ways. Their story is often untold or misunderstood, reinforcing their marginalisation in society with denial of identity, visibility and respect.
Friday 24 March saw the launch of Iriss Insight 35 - Gypsy Travellers: Human rights and social work's role - at an event to start conversations to bring about lasting change. The event was a partnership of members of the Gypsy Traveller community, Iriss and Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW), and was chaired by Lesley Riddoch. Held at Glasgow Caledonian University, it formed part of World Social Day celebrations and had 70 people attend.
Furrah Arshad: Furrah will introduce us to the work of her organisation Ethnic Enable and how it started up. She will also talk us through some of the major issues affecting people with learning disabilities from black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland. She will also share her thoughts on how best to support and make connections with families from black and minority ethnic communities.