I'm glad to see that Edge Fund hasn't got restrictive policy and works at a community level. I believe that our voices have been heard, and funds are being distributed.
Munya Barnet work to challenge the discriminatory practices of local and national government service providers, and tackle the social exclusion, media demonisation, and political marginalisation of Gypsy Roma Traveller people. With support from Edge Fund, we were able to buy much needed equipment to support our community organising such as our computer which we used to work with women in the group helping them to develop their skills. Lots of our organising centres women and the institution of community days for the wider gypsy traveller community.
This coming together allows us to strategise on how we challenge media biases about gypsy/traveller communities and to organise together against discriminatory policies. For example we partnered with Hackney Gypsy Group to challenge London Planning on Housing in Camden. Our message shared through posters and materials asked the Mayors office to create sites specifically for gypsies and take care of the existing ones.
During the Edge Funding Day we learnt about the work of people across the UK but also specifically made connections with a Roma group from Scotland. Gypsy Roma Traveller communities are often very isolated, so spaces for more connectedness are so welcome.
People should support Edge Fund because the voices of people in need are being heard through Edge Fund. It's more than just the grassroots groups who are going to help and raise funds. I'm glad to see that Edge Fund hasn't got restrictive policy and works at a community level. I believe that our voices have been heard, and funds are being distributed. It makes you feel comfortable.