A list of organisations working with, or advocating on behalf of, migrant Roma in the UK

Roma-led organisations:

National organisations working with, or advocating on behalf of, migrant Roma communities:

Migrant Roma organisations:

  • Equality – a UK national organisation that works to uphold and secure the rights of the Roma ethnic minority group who migrated to Great Britain and Northern Ireland from Eastern European countries. 
  • Roma Support Group – a Roma-led charity based in London whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Roma migrants, make the public aware of Roma culture, heritage and current situation of Roma in the UK. It provides local support to Roma in London, as well as being involved in challenging national policy and campaigning.
  • The Roma Education Support Trust – a charity working in partnership with schools in the UK and Central and Eastern Europe with a view to sharing models of good practice in mainstream schooling, promote better education outcomes for Roma heritage pupils in Europe

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller organisations:

  • Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers (ACERT) – a national organisation working on a range of issues affecting GRT communities including equal access to education, health and other community services and to end discrimination against Gypsies, Roma and Travellers on racial and other grounds.
  • Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association (GRTPA) – an organisation aiming to unite and support all police officers and staff who are from GRT background and fosters good relationships between the police and GRT communities. The association has members from the migrant Roma communities.
  • National Association of Teachers of Travellers and + Other Professionals (NATT+) – the nationally recognised voice of Traveller Education Services. One of its internal groups, NATT+ Roma Group, was set up to share good practice amongst members who are already actively working with Roma or members who would benefit from meeting up and gaining more experience in this field.
  • The Traveller Movement – a national charity aiming to develop a platform and voice for Travellers, working in solidarity with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Migrant organisations:

  • The AIRE Centre – a specialist charity whose mission is to promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights. They previously run the Roma Rights Project aimed to help tackle discrimination against Roma migrants in the UK by identifying and eliminating barriers faced by them when accessing their rights as European citizens.
  • Migrants Organise – an organisation helping to develop leadership and open up spaces for organised participation of migrants and refugees in public life; helps to connect and bring diverse people together around shared issues, on a shared platform, to make their voices heard.

Others:

  • Hope for Justice – an organisation whose main aims include identification and rescuing victims of human trafficking (majority of whom are from Eastern Europe), training frontline  professionals to identify and refer cases of slavery, advocating on behalf of victims and providing restorative care to rebuild individual futures. The main hub of Hope for Justice is located in Manchester, with more offices in Birmingham and Bradford.

Regional organisations and partnerships

  • Migration Yorkshire a local authority-led regional migration partnership in Yorkshire and the Humber working with national and local governments as well as agencies across the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors to help support the delivery of high quality services to migrants in a way that benefits everyone living in local communities. Migration Yorkshire has been working with migrant Roma since 2010 and are currently managing NRN.
  • East of England Local Government Association – it hosts the regional Strategic Migration Partnership, one of twelve UK partnerships funded by the Home OfficeThe Partnership is a tiered regional network which works with partners to develop and support local migrant worker and asylum seekers and refugee networks, encompassing grass roots organisations and a network of multi-agency fora and specialist and task groups. They are currently running Parallel Lives Roma Project

Universities

Local organisations supporting migrant Roma:

East

East Midlands

London

North East

North West

Northern Ireland

Scotland

South East

South West

West Midlands

Wales

Yorkshire and the Humber