On The Road is a podcast for Gyspy, Roma and Traveller communities which will also be broadcast in prisons across the UK on National Prison Radio.
Hosted by Terry a Romany Gypsy and former prisoner alongside NPR producer Nancy Prentice the series will explore topics that affect GRT communities such as discrimination, housing, health and education.
Each show will feature representatives of GRT organisations, activists and community members sharing their stories and experiences.
The Traditional Traveller Singer Thomas McCarthy
As it's now Gypsy and Traveller History month in the UK we hear from award winning Thomas McCarthy who sings traditional songs passed down through the generations of his family. He also shares his knowledge of the history of Irish Travellers.
David Donaldson is a young Scottish Traveller whose experiences growing up have made him to determined to change things for the better. Despite struggles with the education system he is now at University and now sits in Scottish Parliament regularly fighting for the rights of Scottish Gypsies and Travellers.
What Brexit might mean for GRT people
In this week's episode we hear from Mihai Bica from The Roma Support Group about how Brexit may impact Roma people in the UK as well as how other GRT people may be affected. We hear again from Jonathan Lee from the ERRC about the impact of far right politics in Europe and Gypsy leader Billy Welch gives his opinion on Brexit.
Jonathan Lee at ERRC
Jonathan Lee is a Welsh Romany Gypsy who works at the European Roma Rights Centre in Brussels. In this episode of On The Road he talks about his life, the experience of Roma people throughout Europe and the worrying implications of the rise of the far right in European politics.
Sabrina Stewart is a proud Scottish Traveller who has spent most of her life living on the road. She is a mother of 6, a trained nurse and activist. She talks about her experiences of discrimination and abuse as well as how she is hoping to bring about change by working alongside the GRTPA ( Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Police Association)
Negotiated Stopping with Leedsgate
We head to Leedsgate to speak to Helen Jones and Kim Maloney MBE about a unique pilot scheme they have set up with Leeds council which allows people living on The Road to stop for longer and negotiate with the council and community.