I’ve just written and directed an animation based upon the lived experience of Britain’s Gypsies and Travellers for the UK’s official statistics agency – the Office for National Statistics. Working with award-winning animator Sarah Gomes-Harris again was a pleasure.
Compiled over the last year through in depth interviews with community members and focus groups that brought community members together with local and national government employees, it is hoped it will lead to significant policy changes towards Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
This is the first time the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has undertaken in-depth, qualitative research into the experiences, priorities and needs of Gypsy and Traveller communities in England and Wales
From the horses mouth: the animation positively shows the key findings of the report
Commenting on the research, Dawn Snape from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said: “This is the first time we have been able to gather such candid insights into the views and experiences of Gypsy and Traveller communities. What comes across most clearly is how discriminated against people from these communities feel across every aspect of life, from experiences with education and healthcare, to where they live and interactions with the police. Many participants spoke of how damaging stereotypes were and of their desire to be accepted for who they are, and for their culture and values to be respected.”