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A Living Tradition CIC Gateshead Roma Kavárna Project Report for August 2019

Most of the work this month has been concentrated upon activities for children. We have had a lot of children's activities this summer.activities, dancing and Zumba.  The sessions have been very popular with 22 on the first session, 14 on the second session and then about ten for the other three sessions. It has been really good. 

There was a client who had an ongoing inquiry about a debt relief order. We have also had  an electricity account inquiry and a council tax inquiry.  We have another inquiry about Universal Credit.   We have also had inquiries about Child Tax Credits.  

We have worked with NE First Credit Union to help one of our clients.

We have also held very good meetings with other groups as part of our community work and information exchange work.   We have met with an officer from the National Education Union in London and discussed ways of working together to help Roma pupils on Tyneside and across the country. It was an excellent and very productive meeting and our thanks go to Karen from the NEU to coming up to speak to us.

We also had a meeting with Anni Lennox from the local job centre came to discuss ways of helping members of the local Roma community to find ways of getting into work and she will contact the Newcastle Job Centre to talk about help for Roma community members in Newcastle.

Many thanks again to Greggs, Citizens Advice Gateshead.  NE First Credit Union, Northumbria Police, Gateshead Council and the Allen Lane Foundation and to the NEU and Anni Lennox.

Peter Sagar, Company Secretary, A Living Tradition CIC, and Irma Karchnakova, interpreter and worker, August 2019

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