About us...……..

Gypsies have been in the United Kingdom for over 500 years and Irish Travellers even longer. Still they are often misunderstood, ostracised from wider society and its modern day norms. 

Inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers

63, 000 people identified in the 2011 census as Gypsies or Travellers in the UK, This is believed to be a massive under estimation. This was the first time there had been a category on the census. In 2021 there will also be a category for Roma. 

 The largest number of Gypsies and Travellers  live in the South East of England. In July 2017, there were 3,721 caravans on unauthorised sites and of these, 2,197 caravans were on land occupied by Travellers. It is thought that over 70% of the UKs Gypsies and Travellers live in bricks and mortar accommodation. 

This poses a challenge for local authorities, as does overcoming the substantial disadvantages faced by Traveller communities. Gypsies and Travellers experience some of the worst outcomes of any group, across a wide range of social indicators. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a number of reports highlighting the multiple inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers. An EHRC review in 2015 concluded that the life chances of Gypsies and Travellers had declined since the Commission's previous review in 2010. The contributory factors are complex and often inter-related, but may include deprivation, cultural bias, social exclusion and discrimination.

Sherrie Smith 

Romany Gypsy Activist and Campaigner for equality and inclusion. 

Sherrie comes from a traditional family of Romany Gypsies descending from Belvedere, kent and Bow, London. Growing up in Hertfordshire. 

She ran a successful business for over 15years in Herts before moving in to facilitating, consultancy and campaigning five years ago. Sherrie designs and delivers tailored training and consultancy to a variety of audiences from schools, pupils and staff to police training on diversity inclusion. She has provided consultancy to the criminal justice service and youth services. Voluntary sector, Universities lectures and staff training and many more.

Sherrie's real passions are education and hate crime and tackling the everyday inequalities these entail. She also has a special interest in raising awareness of Roma holocaust.

She lectures and speaks on inequality and discrimination.

Sherrie has completed her BA at Goldsmiths college in social science, community development and youth work.

She is member of several local & national boards/panels.

Restorative justice facilitator. mediator & youth worker.

Sherrie Smith
Sherrie Smith

Sherrie Smith BBC radio 4, podcast Roma Memorial. Untold stories 2016    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b07mwqff