Thursday, 20 October 2016

Job Opportunity with TravellerSpace

TravellerSpace is looking for an Early Years Worker - 15 hours a week £20,972 pro rata (to cover maternity leave).

This post is for an experienced, dedicated worker to co-ordinate our Early Years work with Gypsy & Traveller children. Experience of working with children with challenging behaviour is essential.

The post involves planning appropriate activities for young children, which take place during our weekly Gypsy & Traveller Women’s Group, literacy group and other activities. There are also occasional visits to roadside families in our playbus.

Each pre-school child has their own Learning Journal which needs to be regularly updated; detailed session plans which include learning goals for each activity must be submitted to the Project Manager.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide examples of session planning.

For more details email

Closing date for applications is 10th November.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

A Thank You To All Our Funders

Five years' ago we were awarded core funding from the Big Lottery Fund . This allowed TravellerSpace to grow and develop, enabling us to support more Gypsies and Travellers to access services and opportunities and to be heard in decision and policy making processes. That funding came to an end in April of this year, leaving our future looking uncertain.

TravellerSpace worked with a number of different funding bodies looking at ways in which we could strengthen our organisation, continue our current projects and develop new ones.

We are delighted to report that we are now on more stable ground, thanks to the generous support of the following organisations. We owe them a massive debt of thanks for showing faith in TravellerSpace and for recognising the needs of Cornwall's Gypsy and Traveller communities.

Over the next few months we will be developing our new website and exploring ways our friends and supporters can help. In the meantime if you'd like to know more or would consider a donation, please contact us at

In no particular order we say thank you to:

The Henry Smith Charity

The Tudor Trust

Lloyds Bank Foundation

BBC Children In Need 

The Heritage Lottery Fund

UK Community Foundations and Comic Relief

The Allen Lane Foundation

The Clothworkers' Company

Cornwall Council Gypsy, Traveller and Showpeople Site Consultation

Cornwall Council is launching a public consultation on how and where residential, transit and Showpeople sites can be provided for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople in Cornwall.
The consultation period runs from Monday 25 April until 5pm on Monday 6 June 2016 and will influence the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Development Plan (DPD), to meet needs identified as part of the Cornwall Local Plan.

Cornwall Council needs to provide suitable, well managed sites in appropriate locations, to meet the existing and future needs of Gypsies and Travellers. This will enable the provision of decent homes in the future for these communities and particularly those that need assistance in finding safe and secure sites to live on or stay on whilst they are travelling in Cornwall. The provision of a range of additional authorised sites should help alleviate the problems sometimes experienced when groups of Travellers use unauthorised and unsuitable sites.

Cornwall has a number of approved and authorised Gypsy & Traveller sites, however, there are also unauthorised sites (without planning permission). Evidence available on the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Cornwall suggest:
  • There is a shortage of and a need for transit sites and emergency stopping places;
  • More public sites are needed to meet the needs of Travelling communities in addition to the three already provided
  • There is a need to facilitate the provision of private sites to meet the expanding needs of Gypsy and Traveller families in Cornwall.
This ‘Scoping document’ marks the formal start of the process of preparing the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Plan. Evidence suggests that by 2030 Cornwall will need an additional:
  • 318 residential pitches on both public and private sites, including the  requirement for a new public site or sites to meet the needs of different Traveller groups;
  • 60 transit pitches strategically located across Cornwall (15 of these were recently given planning permission) together with a network of emergency stopping places; and
  • additional Travelling Showpeople plots.
Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning Edwina Hannaford said: “We want to hear from a wide audience to understand what interested parties think about the proposals in this scoping document before the first version of the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations DPD is produced. The Council will engage with key stakeholders and will then consult on the DPD’s content prior to its submission to the Secretary of State.”
Once complete, the DPD will sit alongside the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document and the Council’s Gypsies and Travelling Communities Strategy and will provide greater definition as to how key policies relating to Gypsies, Travellers and Traveling Showpeople will be delivered in Cornwall.
As well as being accessible on the Council’s website, hard copies of the ‘Scoping document’ can also be accessed at any Library or One-Stop-Shop. You can also email for further information.

All comments should be returned to the Council by 5pm on Monday 06 June 2016.