About Us

History of Roma Nationality

The Roma are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe. Roma speak Romanes, but this can be divided into several dialects.

The first World Romani Congress was organized in 1971 near London. At the congress, the green and blue flag from the 1933 conference, embellished with the red, sixteen-spoked chakra, was reaffirmed as the national emblem of the Romani people, and the anthem, "Gelem, Gelem" was adopted.

The International Romani Union was officially established in 1977, and in 1990, the fourth World Congress declared April 8 to be International Day of the Roma, a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing the Romani community.

The fifth World Romani Congress in 2000 issued an official declaration of the Romany non-territorial nation.

Roma in UK

The Eastern European Roma came to the UK as Asylum seekers after the "Iron Curtain" came down after 1989. In 2004 the European Union allowed for freedom of movement, allowing EU citizens to arrive and work. Since 2011 the market has opened to allow them to come over to seek work. After three months they have the right to habitual residence. The situation in Eastern Europe is not improving, as can be seen in the Neo-Nazi violent marches happening in Czech and Hungary, a history of segregation and racism, which all lead to increasing the likeliness of new arrivals in the UK. Thus the need for advocacy work to help improve, educate and support life in Derby.

Roma Community Care in Derby

Roma Community Care has been involved in developing capacity among Eastern European groups and new communities, with an emphasis on Eastern European Roma. The range of outputs include: events with Roma/Eastern Europeans and established communities; women’s group support; youth activity and support; cultural group activities; client drop-in sessions and volunteering programmes. Across the project, the total numbers of volunteers enlisted has reached over the 100 target, with over 500 young people engaged.

RCC has been described as “one of only two other organisations in the country that is Roma led, the other is in Glasgow” Andy Shallice- Roma Support Group.