GATE provides an opportunity for GRT to represent them, to have an impact on integration with the local settled communities; we promote activities to foster understanding between GRT and the wider community in Hertfordshire. We develop the capacity and skills of GRT individuals in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet their needs and to participate more fully in society.

We work with victims of hate crime within Gypsy and Traveller communities, supporting victims and encouraging reporting of hate crime incidents. We work alongside GRT communities across Herts to promote a better understanding of the history, culture and lifestyles of Gypsies and Travellers. We work alongside several local voluntary sector organisations with a view to push the Gypsy/Traveller agenda.


 GATE was formed by a group of people from Travelling communities and individuals from statutory and voluntary organisations who saw a need in their local area, Hertfordshire (Herts). The aims is to educate both travelling communities and the wider community to live side by side in a diverse community. 


GATE lives by the motto:
 ‘Nothing about us, without us’ and hopes to help all Travellers and Gypsies to have a say in the things that affect their lives. 


 Travellers in Hertfordshire 

 For centuries Travellers have been staying and passing through the county as it is situated between dense, urban London and    the wide-open rural spaces of East Anglia.
 Hertfordshire has and always will be, an important stopping place for Travellers. 
 Both city (scrap collection, road work or landscaping) and country (agriculture) provide work.
 Look around, you will see Travellers Lane (Hatfield), Travellers Close (Welwyn) or Gypsy Lane (Great Amwell), all testimony to  this history. 


Hertfordshire has 11 Traveller sites run by the council. Some are very old.
The Holwell site near Hertford was opened in 1965. In addition, there are a number of private sites where families have
bought land and gained planning permission to site their caravans there.  Hertfordshire has many roads linked to us,  such as a few Gypsy Lanes & even a Travellers lane.

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