Nothing About US Without US

GATE is a Community led organisation, we seek to educate both Travelling communities and the wider Population to live side by side in a diverse Society . 

GATE provides an opportunity for Gypsy Roma Traveller  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.

GATE is a membership organisation for Gypsy and Traveller people across Hertfordshire

Our aim is to improve quality of life for our communities.

We work in partnership to address the issues which affect our accommodation, health,  education and employment, and our circumstances within UK society.

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 Howell 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.

For more information, help and support please contact GATE.


Please support us to protect and maintain their cultural and traditional way of life. The Gypsy Traveller Demonstration took place on Saturday 21st May 2016 

The Demonstration was a March with the community, placards, horses, banners and a petition! The petition was to support the UK’s Romany Gypsy and Traveller people, in bringing down a new law which seeks to meddle with who they are and deny their children a home.

The aim is to gather as many signatures as possible on the petition and hand it into Downing Street on Saturday 21st May!


Since 2011, the first phase of ROMED has been leading an initiative aiming to train mediators in delivering quality mediation between Roma communities and local authorities. Since the start of the programme, over 1300 mediators were trained in 22 countries.


Dikh he na Bister” Youth Event around Roma Holocaust Memorial Day in Krakow

Leading the educational process of an UK group of young people through a 5-day learning process about the Holocaust and about antigypsyism and human rights


                        GATE Herts (Report Racism) Advocacy Worker

Terms and Salary

Hours:                                   Part time 3 days (22.2 hours per week)

 Contract:                             12 months fixed-term contract (may be extended)

 Salary:                                   £25,000/annum.  Pro rata £14,865 for 3 days

Based:       Hertford with flexible working 

Overview of GATE

GATES main focus is to work towards improving life chances of Gypsy Roma and Travellers, facilitating forums and platforms to discuss issues that are important to them. Providing an opportunity for GRT people to represent themselves and have an impact on integration with local communities, celebrate diversity and foster respect dignity and understanding across all communities.  

GATE Herts have a focus on hate crime managing the nationwide reporting website, phone line and case work. GATE Herts work towards the elimination of discrimination. 

Advocacy with case management

 The role will be advocating on behalf of victims with partner agencies so robust influencing and negotiation skills are necessary.  You will have excellent case management skills (engagement, empathy and empowerment) and will be able to multi task effectively and efficiently.  You will also have an excellent understanding of the requirement for confidentiality and safe working practices. You will be totally committed to combating hate crime against the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller community and bringing the problem to a wider audience.

The key roles and responsibilities of the post holder:

·         Provide advocacy services for ‘victims’

·         Manage caseloads

·         Assist callers into the GATE (Report Racism) phone line and implement effective case management and recording systems, serving as first point of contact

• Offer a ‘listening ear’ and provide advice and signposting to further sources of support or justice where beyond the remit of the project

• Implement and adhere to strict data protection procedures in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018) and organisational policy

 Review existing cases and ensure that they are actioned and closed.

 • Work together with the wider programme team to assist in the preparation of a variety of briefings, reports and research documents.


• Work together with the wider team to prepare and deliver informative workshops and outreach sessions to build community awareness and confidence.

• Maintain internal and external communications relative to the post including developing and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders and ensuring stakeholders are kept informed.

 • Work together with the wider team to assist in the development and implementation of training sessions for volunteers and other team members as required

• Periodically attend relevant training and development sessions and conferences. Produce Reports as required by the GATE BOARD and the DCLG.

• Participate in team review sessions, one to one sessions and in audits that funding bodies may undertake. Person Specification Essential: Excellent English communication (verbal and written) skills • At least 12 months’ experience in a similar role

• Understanding of and empathy with victims of Hate crime

 • Ability to sensitively provide services to beneficiaries with differing language, cultural and backgrounds.

 • Experience of liaising with statutory and non-statutory service providers on behalf of beneficiaries • Ability to liaise with and work in partnership with other agencies, interpreters and volunteers

• Demonstrable commitment to equal opportunities and diversity

• Well organised with experience of working under pressure, prioritising workloads and meeting targets/deadlines.

• Excellent IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office packages Ability to work on own initiative without supervision and the ability to work as team member.

• Understanding of social media platforms Desirable

 • Experience of working with Gypsy Roma Traveller Communities

• Experience within and understanding of the field of Anti-Gypsyism hate.

Location:   Hertfordshire (occasional travel within the UK may be required) 

How to Apply and Next Steps 

To apply, please submit a CV and Covering Letter (outlining your interest in the role and the ways in which you meet the essential and any desirable skills, competencies and experience required)

to    by 7TH FEB 2018.

There are opportunities for volunteers at GATE Herts as we are a charitable organisation.

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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.

Report Racism GRT is a hate incident reporting site and support service that is run by and for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities in the UK by Herts GATE

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