Roma Youth Drop In
In November 2017 we launched Lutons first targeted youth provision for Roma young people in collaboration with Tokko Youth Space, a youth charity based in Luton.
The project aims to promote community cohesion for one of Luton's newest communities and for whom there are no existing specialist services within local provision.
A recent report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission highlighted that Roma people continue to face bias and hostility in society as a result of what The Commission for Racial Equality identifies as the ‘last acceptable form of racism’.
This project works to develop community cohesion through an identification of barriers to inclusion through the voice of the young person. We provide a range of professionals to facilitate the sessions including a Romanian speaking doctor, a Romanian speaking project worker and a JNC qualified youth worker. A direct result of the project launching has been increased access to local services for Roma young people across both the third sector and local authority. Roma young people have also had the opportunity to access Tokko’s wider services alongside the existing diverse membership population, facilitated by staff from Humanitas. It is these relationships we wish to further develop in order to effect real change locally.
“We come to have fun and share good times with good people” - Cosmin
Roma Interagency Forum
In 2018 we have developed and implemented Lutons first Roma Interagency Forum. The forum is an opportunity for professionals across Luton to share best practice approaches to working with the local Roma community. The forum meets once a month and is attended by professionals from local Non-Government Organisations and the Local Authority. The aim of the forum is to improve access to local services for the local Roma community through a multi-agency approach with a view to affecting long term and sustainable change for the local Roma community.