Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange

Leeds GATE are a community members organisation for the Gypsy and Traveller community in Leeds and West Yorkshire, we work to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers in West Yorkshire. Our work centres around four key aims, which are; to Improve Accommodation, Improve Health and Wellbeing, Improve Education, Employment and Financial Inclusion and Increase Citizenship and Social Inclusion. We do this through delivering an Advocacy Service, a Youth Inclusion Project, a Community Development Project and various smaller projects.

16 August 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector, Health, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Leeds Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Gypsy and Traveller community in Leeds is a close knit community that respects and values its older people. We know families living positively with Dementia who are supported by the community to do this. We would like the community to be equipped to recognise the signs and symptoms of Dementia and to be able to respond appropriately to this, we have been working with community members to do this and community members have attended a national conference on dementia and have held discussions in the communal space on the Travellers Site alongside the Alzheimer’s Society in order to share knowledge about what Dementia is and how to respond to it. They are also working with Irish in Britain Dementia Experts. We would like to ensure that the community knows enough about Dementia to be confident in responding to Dementia in the future but also that the community is linked into culturally competent services that value and respect their strengths. We also want to ensure that Gypsies and Travellers have equitable access to and good links to services available to support them as families and carers. 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

50% more Gypsy / Traveller people are providing 50+ hours of care per week to a loved one, Gypsy / Traveller people are likely to be doing this with little support, how do we ensure families living with Dementia get the culturally competent support they need?
We would aspire to make the Gypsy Traveller Site in Leeds a Dementia Friendly space but there are environmental challenges that would need to be overcome in order to make this happen. How do we engage site management function at LCC in making the site dementia friendly?

Member website


2. Actions

  • Culturally Competent Care

    We are working with Irish in Britain to launch a report which looks at the status of Gypsies and Travellers living with Dementia, how they access care and what the barriers are to competent care. From this report we will develop an action plan.

  • Dementia Friendly Environment

    Work with the local authority and local Dementia Services to discuss what could be done to make the site environmentally friendly to those with Dementia

  • Ensure Our Staff are trained in Dementia

    Staff (especially frontline staff) need a good understanding of Dementia so that we are able to recognise signs in our members and support them to get the best care possible