Parallel Lives Roma project publishes scoping report

The scoping exercise has identified several factors affecting the capability of Roma people to integrate into local communities successfully.

The Parallel Lives Roma Project began in October 2017 by conducting a Roma scoping exercise across the East of England. The scoping exercise identified several factors affecting the capability of Roma people to integrate into local communities successfully.

These included:

  • Inadequate data collection systems
  • Roma people being reluctant to disclose their ethnicity
  • Possible concerns with authority because of past experiences
  • Transience (impact on children and schooling)
  • Concerns regarding the impact of Brexit
  • Language barriers (access to ESOL / interpreters / need for everyday English not formal language courses)
  • Exploitation – risk of modern day slavery and trafficking

The full scoping report is available at: http://smp.eelga.gov.uk/migrant-workers/parallel-lives.aspx

On 27 March, the Parallel Lives team held a multi-agency learning event to discuss and learn how to support the engagement of Roma communities in a sustainable manner.  To reinforce the success of the learning event, county specific Roma cultural awareness workshops are being developed and delivered by the Roma Support Group. These sessions will help practitioners to develop a greater understand of the Roma community in order to improve engagement opportunities.

Forthcoming workshop details:

  • Essex Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Kelvedon (1.08.2018)
  • Police Headquarters, Hinchingbrooke  (12.09.2018)
  • Luton Irish Forum, Luton (8.11.2018)
  • Suffolk Police Landmark House, Ipswich - morning  and afternoon sessions (13.11.2018)
  • Tickfield Centre, Southend  (27.11.2018)
  • Thurrock Council, Civic Offices (04.12.2018)

More information about the workshops can be found at: http://smp.eelga.gov.uk/migrant-workers/parallel-lives.aspx

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