National Emergencies Trust partners with Friends, Families and Travellers

31 January 2023
National Emergencies Trust partners with Friends, Families and Travellers

Friends, Families and Travellers, a charity supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across the UK, has become the newest member of the National Emergencies Trust’s National Charitable Partners programme, which aims to ensure that when domestic disasters arise, no-one is left behind. 

The new partnership will ensure that the National Emergencies Trust has the best insight into, and can offer highly specialised support to, survivors from Gypsy and Traveller communities and their loved ones, in the event of a UK emergency.

Sarah Mann, Director of Friends, Families and Travellers, welcomed the move, adding that that it was crucial that the needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities were not forgotten during domestic emergencies.

“We are pleased to have partnered with the National Emergencies Trust as part of their National Charitable Partners programme, and welcome the inclusion that this brings to some of the country’s most vulnerable families,” said Sarah Mann.

During domestic disasters support could range from the provision of a national helpline service through to onward grant-making to local charities and individuals affected where the need arises. 

Friends, Families and Travellers joins the Trust’s other National Charitable Partners including British Red Cross, Cruse Bereavement Support, Mind and Victim Support. Where needs cannot be met at a local level during disasters, the Partners can act fast to ensure that survivors receive the very best care.   

Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust, also welcomed the move, saying that the added insight and expertise would be invaluable.

“One of the key tenets of our work at the National Emergencies Trust is to make friends before we need them, so we’re delighted to welcome Friends, Families and Travellers as a National Charitable Partner,” said Mhairi Sharp.

“Their insight and expertise will help us to grow as an organisation and will ensure that we do the best by all future emergency survivors.” 

The Trust’s National Charitable Partners programme will broaden its membership in the coming year. It will continue to learn from participants to ensure the programme is as accessible as possible to organisations that can make a difference to survivors’ lives. It complements the Trust’s partnership with UK Community Foundations and its network of 47 community foundations, which provides urgent support at a local level during emergencies. 

To find out more about the programme visit:  

TT News / National Emergencies Trust press release

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