Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month recognises the history and celebrates the cultures, traditions and contributions of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. Rich in music, storytelling and crafts they have long been integral to both rural and urban economies and to cultural life.
Started in the London Borough of Brent in June 2001, the concept was established in Scotland in 2016 via an awareness raising event in Aberdeen City. 2017 saw the concept grow to awareness raising and celebratory events in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month is now a national event and has endorsement from the Scottish Government.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic GRTHM.scot 2020 and 2021 was a fully online event.
This resource is designed to enable practitioners to raise awareness and understanding of the history, culture and traditions of the Scottish Gypsy/Traveller community and work with young people to identify and seek solutions to the key ‘flashpoints’ [or conflicts] that often occur between Gypsy/Travellers and the ‘settled’ community. The resource is primarily developed for secondary school CfE level third and fourth – Social Studies, Health and Wellbeing and Literacy and English; however, it can be easily adapted for use within other levels, subjects and themes. It may also be useful to Community Learning and Development practitioners or others who provide support to young Gypsy/Travellers.
Article 12 in Scotland’s alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Young Gypsy/Travellers’ voices on the state of their rights across the UK – includes the voices of young Gypsy/Travellers from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.