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Newsletter: March 2011

A monthly look at developments and news from Equality


In March:

Heather Ureche took a group of education specialists - Jackie Ward (Education Bradford), Agnieszka Walsh (The Children's Society) and Marian Veriga (Roma parent) - to Romania from 20 - 25 March. They held a series of seminars with Romanian counterparts to share good practice in teaching and supporting Roma pupils, funded by the British Embassy.

The trustees of the Scurrah Wainwright Charity agreed to support Equality's Roma empowerment project in Newcastle. Heather Ureche will launch the initiative during her presentation there on 8 April.

Alan Anstead published a blog on Equality's website on the cost of evicting Irish Travellers and British Gypsies from Dale Farm in Essex: Our Big Fat Council Bill.

We updated the online resources section on our website with new material and categories. This now covers education, employment, health, housing, Roma:EU, and social services.

Alan Anstead will run the London marathon to raise funds for Equality. Please consider sponsoring him with £10 or whatever you can afford. Details on our website.

On 10 March, Lucie Fremlova presented the situation of Roma in the UK, and how cuts to local service provision will probably have a negative impact on Roma, to members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities during their third monitoring visit to the UK.

On 29 March, Lucie Fremlova gave a presentation on the main issues facing Roma communities settled in the UK at The Children´s Society community of practice meeting in Oxford.

Alan Anstead participated in the Schools and Community Achievement Network event at the Bishop of Rochester Academy, Chatham, on 17 March