Gypsies and Travellers

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Gypsies and Travellers




Our Services - Gypsies and Travellers

Information about our approach to Gypsies and Travellers, what level of provision we are required to make, and what is currently provided.

Information about our Gypsy and Traveller Sites, and how to apply.

Information on Planning permission


Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

The South West Multicultural Society hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day event on 30 January 2015.

There were a range of speakers including Betty Billington representing Romany Gypsies and the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill.

The theme of this years event was 'Keep the Memory Alive'- you can find out more details on

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month in June 2013 saw a number of events celebrating Gypsy culture and history by tackling negative stereotyping and prejudices.

The June meeting of the Gypsy and Traveller Forum was hosted by the University Centre Yeovil, and chaired by South Somerset District Council.

Attended by members of the Gypsy and Traveller community, and representatives from agencies specialising in education, housing, health, and planning, the Forum meeting covered a wide range of issues affecting the community.

June's Forum also see the first screening of a locally produced film about Gypsy life. Commissioned by South Somerset District Council, and filmed and produced by students from Yeovil College's media department, 'Road to Change' gives an interesting and modern perspective on Gypsy and Traveller life. In producing the film the students said that they wanted to 'show differences within the Gypsy community and focus on why Romany Gypsies should not be stereotyped'.

Councillor Ric Pallister, Leader of South Somerset District Council said, "Raising awareness and understanding of the Gypsy and Traveller Community, who have been a part of British life for over 600 years is vitally important if we are to help this section of our society to move forward without losing the cultural identity."

"It is my personal belief that for far too long we have accepted intolerance and racism towards our Gypsy community. In South Somerset we believe that by working alongside our Gypsy community we are doing our best to change perceptions in a positive way. The launch of the DVD made by young people from within our community is an important step along that road."

Watch Road to Change

Road To Change


Gypsy and Traveller Forum

The Forum gives Gypsies and Travellers a say on community issues. For agendas, minutes and information on meetings.

Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Assessment

In 2009, the Somerset Strategic Housing Partnership commissioned a county wide Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA). Essentially the assessments' purpose is to assess the accommodation related needs of Gypsies and Travellers, including Travelling Showpeople in Somerset. The opportunity was also taken to look further into some of the issues facing the community including education and health, giving a more rounded and detailed understanding of the issues facing the community today.

Hate Crime

A hate crime is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because they or you are believed to be different or any incident you believe was motivated by Race, Religion or Belief, Sexual Orientation or Disability.

Useful links and information

Useful links and resources