Parallel Lives Roma Cultural Awareness Southend Workshop delivered by Roma Support Group

Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018
Time: 09:30 - 12:30
Location: Tickfield Industrial Estate, Tickfield Ave, Southend-On-Sea SS2 6LL
Event Fee:Base Price - FREE

Roma Cultural Awareness Training

The Roma Support Group is the UK’s first Roma-led charity with 20 years experience of engaging with the Roma community in the UK. We have experience of working with both new and established Roma communities from across Central and Eastern Europe and professionals who support Roma communities. Many practitioners are dealing with an increasing number of difficult cases which involve East European Roma. The training will enable professionals to explore issues related to experiences from countries of origin, cultural customs and taboos, understanding of UK norms and expectations and impact on communication and engagement with services and professionals. We will also look at examples of good practice and practical ways to improve engagement and communication with migrant Roma communities in the UK.


Trainers deliver interactive presentations including films and facilitate seminar discussions. The session also provides the opportunity to meet other practitioners working with Roma and share examples of good practice.

Learning Objectives

• Know the basic facts related to the Roma history, origins, languages

    spoken, culture and customs relevant in a professional context

• Analyse barriers to accessing services

• Identify taboos and culturally sensitive issues

• Understand Roma experience of authorities

• Explore key concerns affecting Roma children and adults

• Develop practical tools for engagement

• Build networks with other professionals


This training is beneficial for those working in Children’s services including adoption / fostering teams, Adult social services, Family intervention and  support services, Children’s Centres, Schools, Health services including safeguarding leads, Police, Fire Service Youth services, voluntary organisations, etc.

If you have any queries please contact Rachel Heathcock

Parallel Lives Project Officer           

01284 758311 or email

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Cancellations, substitutions and transfers

This is a FREE event. However, cancellations made less than 1 week before the event date or non-attendance on the day will be charged £50 plus VAT.

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