Margaret Greenfields honour
Date: 7th Jun 2016
Dr Margaret Greenfields, Professor of Social Policy and Community Engagement and Director: Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) from Buckinghamshire New University, has been bestowed a huge honour in recognition of the years she has spent working on issues faced by the travelling community by having a site named after her.
Dr Greenfields' link to Travellers in this region began when undertaking her PhD at the University of Bath in the 1990s.
The site, in the North Somerset area of Weston-Super-Mare, has been co-funded by the Home & Communities Agency, North Somerset Council, and Elim Housing, a socially responsible housing association which delivers homes and support services to vulnerable community groups.
Margaret said: "I am delighted and rather humbled to receive this great honour in a locality which I know well and love dearly.
" It has always been a great pleasure to work with local Traveller communities and housing providers in North Somerset and surrounding authorities. I applaud the work of Elim Housing and their fellow agencies in providing this much needed high quality accommodation for local families."
Jayne Busby-Williams, Head of Development & Asset Management for Elim Housing, said "Dr Greenfields support for the local travelling community has continued with a series of accommodation and health projects which have been carried out over the last few years by the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS), with the latest study being completed in 2013. We have been and continue to be very grateful for her contribution to our project and the Travelling community as a whole."
The new site, which is made up of 24 pitches, will accommodate around 100 local Gypsies and Travellers and is to be named 'Greenfields Way'. The site will officially be declared open at a ceremony due to take place in early 2015.
Dr Alison Chambers, Pro Vice Chancellor at Bucks New University's Faculty of Society & Health, said: "We are very proud of Dr Greenfields' achievement which is testament to the years of tireless hard word she has spent working to improve many aspects of Travellers' lives and their standing in the community.
"Having a Traveller site named after her is fantastic recognition and a great tribute to Dr Greenfields which has been very well earned."
A published author and contributor to many works in her field, Dr Greenfields' scholarly interests include Social Inclusion of Gypsies and Travellers and other excluded minority communities, ethnicity, migration, diaspora, faith based social justice, poverty and health literacy.
Picture caption: Dr Margaret Greenfields, Professor of Social Policy & Community Engagement and Director: Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS).