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Roma Culture & Language Course at FCH

Wednesday 24 January 2018 saw the successful launch of our new Roma Culture and Language Course. The course, in two parts, provides an overview of the origins and a short history of Roma people including migration, over the centuries, to all inhabited continents of the world including the UK and Sheffield. In addition it gives an insight into traditions, taboos and fears that shape the lives of the Roma diaspora.  We look at barriers faced by Roma people such as how persecution, discrimination, inequalities around health, employment, housing and education back in their country of origin impacts upon their lives in the UK.

In Part two of the course, we teach participants some basic vocabulary, useful phrases and pronunciation that they can utilise, when supporting Roma clients and their families, in their different roles. Margaret Gibson is supported in the delivery of the course by members of the Sheffield Roma Network: Marek Pacan, Alzbeta Horvathova Pavla Sandarova  and a volunteer from the University of Sheffield, Goran Vodicka.    

The first cohort included learners from Sheffield NHS, local doctors’ surgery, local schools and the Alternative Provision Network, Sheffield. Positive feedback illustrates that learners found that it provided them with an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, take part in discussions and to make innovative suggestions towards Roma support at FCH.  A key observation during the course was that learners said they were pleased to be able to discuss things with and to ask questions to a member of the Roma community who gave straightforward answers.

“Great to be able to ask Roma member straight questions and good to hear about Roma difficulties, culture and expectations.”

The course is held over two days for a total of 8 hours. A hot buffet lunch is included in the £150 fee which is invested back into the community.

The main aims of the course are:

The topics that we will cover are:

If you work with the Roma community in Sheffield or if you just want to find out about the Roma, this course will give you an introduction and overview of this vibrant community. We will explore the rich heritage that they bring with them and some of the barriers that they face now that they are living in the UK, particularly in Sheffield.

The course will run on a first come first served basis but we will be delivering a second course in March 2018 if you couldn't make the January course.

If you want to know more about the course or would like to book a place please contact us on:

Booking form can also be downloaded by clicking here. Completed booking forms must be returned to


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