Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) Advice and Guidance

Our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller outreach project provides practical advice, guidance, information and support to adults and families who are Gypsies, Roma and/or Travellers (GRT) in Surrey and in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. We do this through one to one support and signposting to other local services.

The people we support can either contact us directly or be referred to us by another organisation. We provide advice around finance, housing, health, well-being and family issues. We can help with practical things like form-filling too. Our project officers work closely with other services that can also support the GRT community and we can make referrals to these services too.

One to one support can be given in various ways, whichever is most suitable to the person we are supporting. This can be in person, either at the someone’s home or another venue, or over the phone, via email or using video and text apps.

Every month, we host a drop-in advice clinic at our offices at Astolat in Guildford along with GRT nurses.  We invite a different support service to join us at each clinic which run from 10.30 to 12.30, on the first Thursday of every month.

For further information about the project or our drop-in clinics, please contact our Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Advice and Guidance Officers:

For Surrey contact: Cheryl Wood via email or call 07734 387311/01483 447 118.

For Kingston-upon-Thames: contact Vicky Nash via email or call 07395 117392/ 01483 447140.

Skills Impact project

Our Skills Impact project is a pilot scheme funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities to help people to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

It’s free for adults from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community aged 18 and over. Our personal tutoring is provided at a time and place to suit the learner.

Our tutor can help people to learn:

  • to read and write
  • numeracy skills
  • how to fill in forms
  • how to use a computer, the internet and social media
  • the driving theory test
  • how to write a cv
  • business invoicing
  • how to support children’s learning

For more information contact Vicky Nash via email or call 07395 117392/ 01483 447140.