As we turn the corner into 2018 Luton Roma Trust celebrates its third birthday! But bersh angle! As the Roma would say! Having two new members of the team join in January has made it possible for our work to suddenly leap forward. Both Bogdan Droma and Ciprian Ionita are Romanian Roma who speak Romanian and Romani. This makes it possible for them to communicate with our clients not just in their national language, but also in their dialects of the Romani language. Both speak excellent English and have great passion and energy for the work. 872 individuals have been registered with our charity since we began. This includes 236 children currently aged 4-18 and 99 under fives. Over these first three years we have carried out a total of 1,716 interventions with 328 different Roma adults.
These stats speak for themselves. We have been under constant pressure to try to meet the needs of our Roma families. It is clear that there are many Roma families in Luton who we have yet to work with. With two new team members we can begin to increase our capacity to meet the needs of our clients.
As I write we are actively seeking a premises to rent. An exciting possibility has presented itself - but it will depend on successful funding bids. Meanwhile, we continue to walk by faith not by sight! At the same time we continue to seek to appoint a part-time PROJECT MANAGER to lead our team forward into the future.
Have a look at the news page to see some of the latest initiatives of the trust. Here is our new team at Luton Borough Council being trained by the Admissions team in how to help all our Roma children have quick access to education in Luton...
Welcome to our newly launched website which has just gone live! We would love to receive your feedback - just go to 'contact' section and drop us an email. It's an exciting time for LRT as we welcome on board two new trustees - both Roma representing their own people - in keeping with the principle "nothing about them without them!" Thanks to the Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation - Luton London Airport Youth Fund, we are able to keep our Roma Education Champion post open for a second year. Paul Sayers will continue with this work as our invitations from local schools continue to come our way. Having had a look at our website, you may feel you would like to make a donation to Luton Roma Trust - just go to 'home page/about us/support us' to find out how you can do this very simply. Watch this space! We will keep you up to date as the work with the Luton Roma community continues to unfold.