Youngsters at Lune Park Children’s Centre have been learning about the traveller lifestyle thanks to a photography project.
The centrehas been running a project within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities of Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley called Travel with Me.
The purpose of this project is to work with children and their families within the GRT community to raise educational attendance and encourage school/childcare setting engagement, improve parental involvement in the child’s learning and the promotion of personal, social and emotional development and communication, language and literacy within the home environment, and improve access to services and support from local children’s centres for the community.
To do this, Scott Richmond and Dawn Creavy, outreach workers at Lune Park, visited more than 20 children at their home settings to create talking photograph albums.
These albums contain photos about the child’s life, their family and friends, pets, toys, interests, camp sites, trailers, homes etc in the hope that they could take them to educational settings to show their teachers and classmates how their life differs from and is similar to theirs. Whilst creating these albums with the children the outreach workers also helped parents and family’s achieve the above priorities. The centre held a celebration of this project recently, with all the families from various GRT communities attending with their children.
It was a party full of fun, games and craft activities for the children to decorate their albums and celebrate equality and diversity within the community. Professionals such as Lune Park outreach staff, school teachers, pre-school staff and members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Achievement Service attended to increase support and information for these families.