I started volunteering with the Roma Project Coventry in early 2014 through offering the families, in particular the Romani women, free English classes. The courses morphed into English and wellbeing courses which are now a regular activity of the organisation. Bernie Flatley is director of the organisation and in 2016 invited me to sit on the board of directors.
The Roma Project is a non-profit organisation founded in 2010 as a constituted body but we have experience dating back to 1990s giving in depth knowledge of the Roma culture and the needs of this community. During all this time we provided assistance to well over 1,500 people, many of whom return time after time for ongoing support and advice. In recognition of our efforts, Roma Project has been selected as Winner of the Community Cohesion Awards 2014 in the Voluntary and Community Sector Small category.
The organisation helps in developing the education of the Roma community in Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider United Kingdom by providing and assisting mainstream education providers, such as schools and colleges in order to improve the attainment and behaviour of children from the Roma people.