Gypsy, Roma and Travellers

Gypsy, Roma and Travellers

Inter-agency team

We support the Gypsy, Roma and Travellers (GRT) community. Find out about us in the inter-agency support team leaflet (pdf, 659KB) (opens new window)

We also have an easy to read website for the GRT community.

We manage the city's two sites and are responsible for the management and monitoring of all unauthorised encampments on local authority owned land.

Bristol's Travellers sites

We have two sites in Bristol.

Ashton Vale 

Our permanent site has 12 pitches with a mixture of English Gypsies and Irish Travellers. The site is owned by Bristol City Council and managed by Elim Housing

Some residents move away for the spring and summer for work purposes but come back for the autumn and winter months. This site is for residency twelve months a year.

Lawrence Weston

Our transit site has 20 pitches. It's used for Gypsies and Travellers moving to and from Bristol for work purposes only.

This site saves on costs of evictions, illegal or unauthorised encampments and is a safe place to stay while looking for work.

You can stay for up to three months at a time only.

There can be as little as one family or as many as twenty families staying at any one time.

Site application forms

Gypsy and Traveller drop-in sessions

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller service directories

Accommodation and welfare assessment

Housing: useful contacts

  • HomeChoice Bristol: social housing applications, 0117 922 2400
  • Bristol City Council planning department: 0117 352 5009
  • Bristol City council tenancy relations: 0117 914 1206/7

Housing: websites


Work, benefits and welfare advice

Advocacy and awareness raising resource

Safeguarding and social support:

Traveller Support Services in neighbouring authorities:

Myth busters

Gypsies and Travellers contribute to society through involvement in many spheres of activity and live by the same rules as everyone else. However, there are many myths about them in the media.

We've prepared a booklet (pdf, 476KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 476KB) (opens new window)  and leaflet (pdf, 193KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 193KB) (opens new window) in partnership with a group of Gypsies and Travellers to provide a more accurate picture of their lives and to promote better relationships with settled people.

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