Queensferry traveller girls aim to change public's view

Published date: 19 March 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A GROUP of young travellers are set on improving the image of their community and are aiming to ‘inspire people to be happy’.

The group of 10 girls from Queensferry are pupils at John Summers High School and have chosen the name ‘Inspirational Traveller Dimension Girls’.

Group member Vivien McDonagh, 12, explained why she and her friends chose to get involved in community work.

“We never really did anything like this before, but decided we wanted to get stuck in to help change people’s perception of us.

“We just want people to be happy like we are. We all chose the name because we want to inspire people to be happy.”

The girls work alongside Alison Thomas, of Flintshire Council’s youth and community service, and Sarah Davies, from the Traveller Education Service, and have been developing different skills since July.

During that time, the girls have helped to raise money for Barnardos through the sale of Christmas cards and cakes to a care home in Buckley and are devising plans on how to help their next chosen charity, Nightingale House Hospice.

Miss Thomas said: “This is an opportunity for the girls to help the community and to help show that they care.

“They want to help other people and show that they want to improve things that they hold dear to themselves.

“This is their voice, they do so many positive things and sometimes people don’t even try to listen.”

Margaret Purcell, 15, who is the oldest member of the group, said: “Sometimes people do aggravate us they way they speak and act towards us. We just want people to realise that everyone is different and that is not a bad thing.”

The group has received special praise from John Summers High School headteacher Azi Rashud. He said: “You don’t usually see traveller girls in school but these girls are in and are working hard. This group really is something to applaud and shows these girls want to achieve something excellent.”

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