Do you need professional advice?

Do you need quality, professional advice? Although the drop-in advice sessions at STAG have now stopped, Blackfriars Advice Centre is still providing a service for Travellers in the area and STAG are More »

Driving Theory Test

Passing your driving theory can be tough. If you are a Southwark resident, there is free driving theory test practice available. All you need is to have a library number. Follow the More »

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

Should all schools celebrate GRTHM in June? Yes, all schools should. No, but schools which have Traveller, Gypsy and Roma students should. No, no schools should. If you would like to find More »

Applying for Schools in Southwark

For the most accurate up-to-date information on applying to school in Southwark it is best to use Southwark Council’s website or call 0207 525 5337. All school applications have to be done More »

CSCS Cards

What is a CSCS Card? The CSCS Card is used by the construction industry to make sure that all workers have enough Health and Safety knowledge to work on a construction site. More »

Make Money From Your Creative Skills!

Do you make greetings cards, jewellery, prints, badges, headband, soft furnishings or anything else? Would you like to sell it in a shop? Spark is a ‘pop-up’ shop about to open in More »

Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Tenancy Agreements on Traveller Sites

In 2013 all Traveller site residents in Southwark will be issued with new tenancy agreements. This is really good news for Southwark Travellers that live on sites as the new agreements offer more security of tenure than the old licences. However, the agreements included some terms and conditions which would have created difficulties for Travellers, such as limits on absence from the site (limited to 6 weeks without written permission from the council, and 10 weeks per year) and the requirement to have written permission to keep all pets. In the case of the limits of absences, the agreements did not follow the guidance set out by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

On 3rd December the new tenancy agreements were subject to a scrutiny meeting at Southwark Council. Southwark Council has agreed to review the agreements and give Travellers a chance to have their say on the new agreements. On 4th February at STAG’s service user meeting you will have the opportunity to talk about the new agreements. The agreements affect all Travellers living on sites so it is important to have your say. Terms and conditions about absences and keeping animals are especially important. We hope that, after speaking with local Travellers, the council will produce agreements that are fair for everybody.

STAG would like to thank Cllr. Catherine Bowman for her efforts to get a better deal for Southwark Travellers.

Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum

STAG is now part of PVSF .

In August 2012, The Peckham Settlement, which was the organisation which used to host STAG, went into administration. STAG has now moved to the Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum, whose office is at 48 Willowbrook Road, London SE15 6BW.
Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum is an organisation which helps small charities and groups with the administrative side of running organisations and projects.

PVSF offered to host STAG when the Peckham Settlement was declared it was under voluntary administration. STAG is very grateful to PVSF for supporting us through this time.

In the next year, STAG is hoping to develop into an organisation which can exist independently of PVSF. For this, we will need trustees to form our management committee. We are hoping to recruit trustees from a range of different backgrounds, both from within the Traveller Community and outside the community.

If you are interested in being a trustee of STAG please contact , explaining the reason why you would like to be a trustee and what skills or experience you could offer the board.