Course Name

Gypsy Traveller Cultural Awareness (1/2 day input)

Course Description

Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) cultural awareness for professionals and others who have - or want to have - contact with GRT communities.

This highly participative half-day multiagency course provides a balanced and accurate explanation of GRT history and culture. A wide range of relevant issues are explored, through both course materials and questions from participants in open discussion.

Key Audience

In addition to professionals who have contact with GRT people, this course is equally relevant for Elected Members, Senior Managers and others who influence policy regarding these communities. It is also entirely suitable for members of the public who wish to become more aware of GRT cultures in order to develop better relations with their neighbours, e.g. residents associations.

Please note: Surrey County Council staff should book through the self-service portal and not through this website.

Aims of the Course

This course aims to:

  • Provide a balanced, accurate explanation of Gypsy & Traveller history and culture
  • Provide a safe context in which participants can explore views and ask questions
  • Dispel myths and stigma
  • Explore conflict issues and potential resolutions


In addition to the aims, attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • Different Gypsy/Traveller groups in the UK
  • Welfare, customs, family
  • Educational achievement
  • Health and welfare
  • Common hobbies, pastimes and leisure
  • Weddings, christenings and funerals
  • Discrimination and prejudice
  • Relevant legislation
  • Famous people with claimed Gypsy/Traveller heritage
  • Accommodation, the "Catch-22" factor and evictions

Key Learning Outcomes

  • To have confidence to work with Gypsies & Travellers in the community
  • To have basic cultural awareness of GRT communities
  • To know where further information, advice, network and direct support can be found this when these are needed
  • To have greater confidence to critically evaluate media coverage of Gypsy/Travellers and challenge prejudice in its different forms


Course Dates

Thursday 8th February 2018 - Ash Youth Centre

Tuesday 6th March 2018 - Focus Youth Centre, Epsom

Tuesday 17th April 2018 - Ash Youth Centre

Course Timings

09:15 hours for 09:30 hours start. The session will conclude by 13:00 hours.


Parking Arrangements

Parking is not available at The Focus Centre, but Depot Road and Upper High Street car parks are a short walk and charge £4 for up to 5 hrs. There is parking on site at Ash Youth Centre.

Course Fees

Delegate charge is £40 (or £30 for small voluntary organisations) You will be invoiced as payment is not taken up front.

How to book a place

If you would like to apply for a place on this training course, then please contact our Training Administration team by emailing an application form to

Application Form 

NB. Confirmation of booking, along with joining instructions will be sent to you in advance of your allocated training session.


Last modified: Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 1:16 PM