Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality


We have a number of resources available and most are free of charge. If you would like a copy of any of the resources listed below please contact us.

Sue-Lin's Outfit - Children's story book 

The illustrated story was written to raise awareness of different cultures and to help us all to think about how we are different, and how we are alike. Like all of us, in this story Sue-Lin sometimes feels sad and often feels happy. She loves her grandmother dearly and tries not to worry her. But, her grandmother plans a surprise that will delight Sue-Lin. It is a story about love and respect. We hope you enjoy it. The book is primarily aimed at children aged 3-7.

The story of Pebbles the Pony – Children's story book. 

The illustrated story of Pebbles has been written to encourage everyone to think about how we should live alongside each other. We also wanted to consider the effects of fear, bullying, hatred and racism. In the story, Maria and her family have come to Britain to flee from violence – and Pebbles the Pony becomes an important part of Maria's story. The book is primarily aimed at children aged 7-11.

Lilia's Story – A story for all. 

The backdrop to this story is the Shilpa Shetty incident on the Big Brother television programme. Lilia watched the actress accuse Jade Goody of racism, then Shilpa refuted her allegation. The media and politicians across the world became engrossed in the debate, and the world's press began a campaign of condemnation of Jade. Meantime, Lilia is struggling with real-life racial abuse from students at school. The book is primarily aimed at young people aged 11-16.

Sisterhood – Report on Health Day for Black and Minority Ethnic Women.

This event was organised and run by women for women – sisterhood. The report provides and in-depth account of the health inequalities experienced by BME women in Plymouth and feedback directly from those women about how our partners in Health could improve information about, and different ways of providing services and making access to their services easier .

Seeking Respect – History and Impact of 10 years of Plymouths' Respect Festival.

In this book we look back to the early days of the festival, and consider the reasons and inspirations behind its creation. We also consider some of the important national, international and local events over the last decade, which have influenced the design and development of Respect.

Toby's Story

Across much of Europe, Gypsies, Roma and travellers still experience such persecution and discrimination that they are afforded official protection under Race legislation. Toby's Story tells the real life tale of a young Polish Gypsy who, in 2001, moved with his family to Plymouth to escape prejudice encountered in Poland. This stunning biography shows how, despite difficulties here, Toby has been able to overcome barriers to develop his love of dance and to use dance as a tool to fight racism. It is an affirmative tale that will encourage other young people to pursue their dreams.

Visibly Proud

This book, published in 2003, was a celebration of the lives of a small group of black and minority ethnic women living in Plymouth, who learned photography together and produced an exhibition of photographs of their own lives hosted by the Plymouth City Museum.

No Place Like Home (Research report)

This report from 2004 is an examination of the experiences and needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Plymouth, with recommendations about services that should be provided for this specific community.

Racism, Culture and Identity (Research Report) 

An assessment of the needs and experiences of children and young people from minority ethnic backgrounds who may be at risk of offending: with a focus on parenting and family support.

Black for Life (Research Report)

This report from 2007, researches the needs of black and minority ethnic young people at risk of offending and their families. The report was commissioned by the Plymouth Youth Offending Team, in partnership with PDREC

Right To Respect – Business Plan 2006 – 2010 and Review. 

This document charted our aspirations for a 4 year period, but also showcased some of the creative and vibrant work we have undertaken, and most crucially what we mean to the many organisations, communities, groups and individuals whom we support.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Report 2010/11 

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success." Henry Ford. The theme of the 2010/11 AGM was "Partnerships", highlighting the hugely important role played by so many of our local organisations and agencies who regularly work with PDREC to combat racism and discrimination and to enhance racial equality.

Living Memory Lab – DVD

This unique and innovative piece of work, trained local adults and school children to make films exploring their thoughts and feelings about slavery, to mark the 200th anniversary of the act to abolish the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

These People – Devon Inclusive Housing Project

"These People" is an innovative DVD and toolkit aimed at those working with black and minority ethnic users on the frontline of housing services.

The pride; the prejudice – DVD (2008)

The pride, the prejudice is a 25 min film made with Romany Gypsies in Devon and funded by Awards for All. The film is aimed at secondary school students and aims to challenge widely held stereotypes of Gypsies. To date the film has been shown to nearly 2,000 students at schools, colleges and universities in Plymouth and Devon. It is also regularly used as a training resource by PDREC's Gypsy/Traveller training team and has been shown at several national events.


"the DVD is a credit to you as an organisation, and to all those involved." Charity director

"all the staff involved both this and last year can't speak more highly of the trainer and the session!" Secondary school teacher

"Thanks for yet another fantastic input. It was really great to have PDREC with us again and I have had great feedback from our students- many thanks!" University lecturer

"A very powerful lesson for our year 9 students" RE teacher

The pride, the prejudice is not available on general release; it is used only by PDREC as a training tool. If you would like to organise a training event or a school visit please contact Penny Dane at PDREC.

Porrajmos; the untold story of the Gypsy holocaust - DVD (2012)

This film was made in collaboration with Devon Learning and Development Partnership. In the film Sally Woodbury, a Romany Gypsy from the Southwest of England, travels to Auschwitz to find out what happened to Gypsy people during the Second World War. The film also looks at the language of hatred used about Gypsies in Nazi Germany, and draws attention to the language used about Gypsies in Britain today.


"This is one of the best documentaries for teenagers I have ever seen." Youth worker

"Have just watched the DVD and have concluded that every school in the UK should show it. I thought it was extremely well put together. It was obviously a hard watch but brilliantly done and incredibly moving." TV reporter

The film is designed for use in Secondary schools (year 9 and above) or as a training resource. It is available from PDREC. For more information please contact Penny Dane.

Three Stories – DVD (2012) 

This film was made in collaboration with Devon Learning and Development Partnership and Plymouth University. It features three Devon schoolchildren who come from different Gypsy/Traveller backgrounds. Each child tells a story about who they are and how they live.

This film is designed for use in Primary school settings. It is available from PDREC. For more information please contact Penny Dane.

Myth busting pdf-icon

In 2005 PDREC worked with groups of Romany women to produce a myth busting leaflet. The leaflet has been circulated widely across the county at public events, training days, in libraries, in GP surgeries etc. The leaflet has been updated and reprinted a number of times over the years and PDREC is grateful to Devon and Somerset Fire Service for their sponsorship of the latest version.

Every Traveller Child Matters Too 

This booklet was produced in 2006 by a group of Romany women working with PDREC. It was designed to educate and inform teachers about Gypsies and Travellers under the headings of the Every Child Matters agenda. Although this agenda is no longer policy, the information in the leaflet is still current.

Gypsies, Travellers and the Media

This booklet was produced in 2011 by a group of Romany Gypsies and New Travellers. It aims to help people to challenge media articles which encourage negative stereotypes and perceptions.

Gypsies and Travellers

This booklet was produced in 2011 by a group of Romany Gypsies and New Travellers working with District Councillors. The booklet contains information for local councillors about Gypsy/Traveller planning applications.

Gypsy/Traveller Information Packs

For many years PDREC has produced information packs for Gypsies and Travellers. They are distributed widely across the county and aim to increase knowledge of, and access to, health, education and welfare services. The most recent pack consists of a health and well-being booklet. It has been put together with assistance from Gypsies and Travellers, Devon County Council Traveller Liaison service, Devon Adult Education, and Health Promotion Devon (Northern Devon Healthcare Trust). We are grateful to LINk Devon, Devon and Somerset Fire Service, Health Promotion Devon and Devon County Council for their sponsorship.

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 pdf-icon Gypsy and traveller health booklet.      pdf-iconRacism towards gypsies and travellers       pdf-iconSmoke free project final report


Rights and Responsibilities Booklet 

This booklet has been produced with the help of Romany Gypsy landlords and tenants on sites in Devon to help ensure that private sites provide a safe and fair environment for both tenants and landlords.

pdf-icon Rights and Responsibilities Booklet .pdf



If you would like a copy of the booklet or would like more information please contact Penny Dane at PDREC.

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