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Beyond stereotypes: Understanding the ‘Roma’

20th July 2016

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is pleased to welcome delegates to a stimulating training session focused on practical steps to working with Roma communities.  

Training delivered by Roma, about Roma.

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique – a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller-led organisation that develops the community it serves from the inside-out. It provides a deep insight into everything ‘GRT’ in a way no other organisation can.  

Who should attend this training?

The training would be of benefit to anyone interested in understanding better who the ‘Roma’ are, their current and past experiences and understand better the Romani identities and cultural practices. Thus, any professional who interact European ‘Roma’ is encouraged to attend this seminar. This could be particularly useful for those who work in Planning, Housing and Accommodation, Equality, Health, Education, Social Services and the Early Years.

Why should you attend this training?

It will assist you to:

  • Be more culturally aware and informed about the ‘Roma’ issues
  • Help you engage more effectively with the Roma populations in your area
  • Be understanding and informed about their identities and cultures 
  • Help eliminate some misconceptions about the Roma, increase your awareness and engagement with them.


To increase appreciation about the cultural diversity and dimensions of Romani identities and to generate trust and understanding between Roma communities and local authority service providers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Get a better understanding who the ‘Roma’ are
  2. Provide an insight about their diversity
  3. Shed light into the main needs, issues and reasons for Romani migrations
  4. Discuss  their ‘role’ and place in the societies they occupy
  5. Provide a glimpse and a snapshot of their cultural practices
  6. Encourage a thinking about the future of the ‘Roma’ in Europe


By the end the session participants will have:

  1. Increased their knowledge of often used terms such as ‘Roma’ and ‘Romani’ and about their meanings
  2. Be able to identify and understand better the cultural heritage and practices of ‘Roma’ in Europe
  3. Be able to challenge some of the stagnant and predominant beliefs surrounding the ‘Roma’ 
  4. Increased their knowledge about the diversity of ‘Roma,’ their identities and cultural practices
  5. Have benefited from a training run by ‘insiders’ and been exposed to their stories and perspectives
  6. Become more informed and aware about their past and contemporary histories, place, challenges and circumstances

There will only be 50 places available so please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost for the day (to include light refreshments, lunch & VAT) is £130.00 per delegate, if you book before the Friday 8th July and £145.00 if you book between 8th July and 15th July. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Find out more on the Romani Cultural & Arts Company website.

For a booking form, please email [email protected]

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