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Šilalo Panori: The Songs and Life Stories of Slovakian Roma – Jana Belišová

Fri, 11 October7:00pm

As part of Off The Shelf 2019, Roma Futures has invited Jana to Sheffield.

Jana Belišová is an ethnographer and musicologist at the Institute of Musicology, Slovak Academy, Bratislava. Since the 1990s she and her students have been recording and cataloguing the music and songs of Slovakian Roma, some of whom now live in Sheffield. Jana explores the relationship between the songs and the life stories of Roma people in a talk illustrated by audio and video, based on her project Šilalo Paňori – Cold Water.

Tickets are available here


International Roma Day 2019

International Roma Day celebrates Roma identity: through stories of success, aspiration, language and culture.

International Roma Day - Sheffield Town Hall - 2019

Roma Futures has organised a celebration of International Roma Day to be held at Sheffield Town Hall on Monday, 8th of April between 12 and 2.

A number of local Roma community leaders and activists will be present to speak about what International Roma Day means for them and to call for the official recognition of this day.

With its origins at the first World Romani Congress , held in London in 1971, International Roma Day was officially recognised in 1990, during the Fourth World Romani Congress held in Warsaw.

The aim of this day was a call for the representation of and the recognition of the Roma Nation. It was:

A declaration of our will to convince the world to consider us as equal nation with our culture, traditions and self-confidence

Emil Scuka, President of an International Romani Union

Roma are well known for their language, music and dancing but beyond this the ambition of International Roma Day is the recognition of the circumstances of the Roma diaspora and the need to encourage the emergence of coherent representation of Roma.

Many cities and influential bodies across Europe and the world have seen in International Roma Day a forum through which cultural cohesion finds expression.

Alongside the events organised by the Firvale Community Hub on Sunday 7th April, we hope that International Roma Day 2019 in Sheffield will act as an invitation to civic authorities to confirm their commitment to Roma people by formally recognising the status of Roma as a distinct ethnic, cultural and linguistic group and maintaining their commitment to anti-gypsyism. 

We hope that you will be able to attend this event and we invite you to book your place via Eventbrite.

International Women’s Day in Fir Vale

Terezia Rostas and other members of the local Roma community partntered in a very successful event to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The event was held at ACT (Aspriring Communities Together) which is based in the Fir Vale Centre in Sheffield.  Terezia brought her extensive collection (or at least part of it!) of traditional women’s clothes worn by the Roma community in and from Romania.  Community members from all walks of life and backgrounds came and tried on the clothes and joined in dancing.  Terezia also set up a very informative display about Roma history, culture and contemporary life.  There was much interest and alot of learning took place.

International Women’s day @ ACT 201954277816_1620538608049049_7698810632782479360_n54433540_404231776790231_126904292048109568_n55783767_800408156995409_8506156891204747264_nInternational Womens Day Roma Dancing 354230830_322031578379098_3293695219689586688_n54389067_274487453473031_4338172605413457920_nTerezia with Roma Ladies in Dress

Latest Home Office Update: Brexit

The most recent statement from the Home Office says the following:

  • Confirms that the Home Office will continue to look to grant status rather than refuse and in line with the UK commitment to be more generous in certain respects than the draft Withdrawal Agreement, a person will not be refused status under the EU Settlement Scheme because, for example, they are not economically active or they do not hold comprehensive sickness insurance.


Detached Youth Work Positions

Detached youth work positions

1 x Lead Detached Youth Worker – 15hrs per week @ £14phr

9hrs of which are detached youth work and 6hrs supervision time

2 x Detached Youth Workers- 9hrs per week @ £11phr

All posts will require non-negotiable evening work.

All posts are on a 3 year fixed term contract and are renewable annually subject to funding being renewed

If you are passionate about young people and listening to their loves, hopes and concerns and want the community to be a better place to live and are able to challenge your own and others’ attitudes and assumptions, then this is the role for you.

The successful candidates will be dynamic, respectful and be willing to train and work differently to support positive change in young people.

All positions require:

  • experience in working with hard to reach young people aged 13 -18 years
  •  experience of street based youth work
  •  experience of community engagement

For a job description and an application pack please contact Amanda Kitchen on
Deadline: 4pm on the 7th December 2018
(If you do not hear from us by 11th December please presume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion)
Interviews will be held the week commencing the 10/12/2018

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Prezentácia a diskusia s právnikmi sa bude konať v utorok 27.11.18 v škole Oasis, Fir Vale v meste Sheffield od 15.30hod. Jazykovo- právnu bariéru odbúra @ConsultSlovak
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Music and Song at Sheffield Hubs

Lukas Pokuta; Dominik Pacan, Stefan Pecha & Erik Pacan performed a medley of Romani songs alongside Robin Grey at the Sheffield Youth music event at Yellow Arch studios on Sunday 8th July.


The boys were welcomed to the event and took the chance to sing with Robin accompanying them on guitar. The organisers of Sheffield music services were delighted to hear the songs and meet the boys. Plenty of applause and a photo with Sheffield Magic Magid, the Lord Mayor.

Well done everybody involved.

Free training opportunity for Roma activists – building communications and influencing skills (apply now, limited spaces)

From: Juliana Bell | Programme Delivery Manager of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation

Dear All,

Following some of the findings of our three year funding programme for the Roma Community, including feedback from a number of grantees and other Roma activists, the Metropolitan Migration Foundation is very pleased to announce we are working with On Road Media and iMiX to support Roma activists to build communication and influencing skills. This involves a free, day-long Engaging with the Media training course, which will be designed and delivered by On Road and media activists from the Roma community. The programme is delivered in partnership with IMiX, who will provide follow up support for the Roma activists that take part.

I am getting in touch with you today to offer you the opportunity to take part and ask whether you (or a colleague) would be interested in attending this course.

The media training course is especially designed to suit community activists with self-care and support as a foundation of the learning. Media skills and confidence-building in speaking to journalists is given equal weight to self-care and setting boundaries. It will cover ways of working with journalists in positive ways, developing long lasting relationships.

The Metropolitan Migration Foundation is bringing together a group of up to 10 people from the Roma community to take part in the Engaging with the Media course and access follow up support. To ensure that a range of experiences are represented in the programme, this group will be made up from people of different ages, places of birth, gender, sexuality, faiths, and location. Due to the limited numbers and the need to represent a number of experiences, it’s possible that not everyone interested will be able participate.

If you are interested, please consider the below questions before you make a decision. If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, then the course could be the right fit for you:

  • Are you available for the training (all day on Wednesday 19th September) and the follow up support?
  • Some people feel very negative feelings when thinking about doing media work, and feel nervous, worried, or angry with journalists. Negative feelings towards the media are perfectly fine, but if this is mostly how you feel, participating in the programme might not be the right fit for you at this time. Working with the media can also make some people feel excited, positive, and despite their nerves, really up for engaging with journalists. Do you feel this way too?
  • Do you feel well in yourself?
  • Change in the media doesn’t happen overnight, and it can take many conversations / appearances on a programme for improved coverage. Do you feel okay about that?

What you need to know:

Date: Wednesday 19 September, 10.00-17.30 (including breakfast between 10.00-10.30am)

Location: Central London (tbc)

Networking dinner: we will also be offering a networking dinner for all participants after the training session (details tbc).

Further information: Refreshments and lunch will be provided, we will pay for your travel costs and we may be able to offer hotel accommodation for those travelling from further afield. The follow up support will be offered by IMix, will be tailored to suit your needs and may be done via Skype.

To apply:

Please complete a short survey via the following link no later than 20th July 2018. It will take no longer than 5 minutes:

If you prefer to speak through the survey questions via telephone instead, please get in touch with Hebba Nasser ( who will arrange a time to call you.

Please forward this to anyone who may be interested and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

With my very best wishes,


Juliana Bell | Programme Delivery Manager of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation

t: 07921743783| e:


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