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Gypsy/Roma/Traveller History month celebrated on the Glynmill site in Merthyr Tydfil

Gypsy/Roma/Traveller History month celebrated on the Glynmill site in Merthyr Tydfil


The Bridges Project, Safer Merthyr Tydfil celebrated Gypsy/Roma/Traveller History month of June by supporting the Glyn Mill Gypsy/Traveller communities design an event around pride of GRT heritage and culture whilst accessing public services.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Merthyr and joined by Merthyr Equality Champion Ernie Goldsworthy who welcomed guests “As equalities champion I was very pleased with the whole day and was proud to be associated with the event. Many thanks for all your hard work…Ernie Goldsworthy

The day was a great success for all, where both adults and children from Merthyr Tydfil joined together to enjoy Roma mocktails, cinema of GRT films, face painter, entertainer, silk painting and flower making, creative play and an interactive workshop with the fire service.

It was also an opportunity to celebrate the great work the young people from the cobs youth forum have created via head4arts with an outstanding Wagon designed with sound and lighting.

To finish the event we were extremely fortunate to have special guest Robin Huw Bowin play the triple harp in a small concert followed by a ‘come try the harp’ session which was well attended by the young people from site who have shown a real interest for more musical workshops in the future.

One of the young people said: “I liked today because it is something for everyone.”

Lillie Bramley from the Bridges project said “The impact of this event is extremely positive and resulted in the community opening its doors to services being involved with their families. It has also broken down barriers and given the local GT communities a wider access to services within Wales, with so much negative media of the last year relating to the site, it is great we can come together and celebrate whilst moving forward and overcoming obstacles.

We are already planning for a bigger event next year for GRT history month.

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