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How can I/we get involved in the ITM?

How can I/we get involved in the ITM?

Anyone, who supports the aims and core principles of the ITM can affiliate to become a member. Joining the Movement strengthens the organisation and its mandate to advocate and lobby on Traveller issues. In turn members have access to an array of information (especially via our weekly e-zine, the ITM website, newsletters ), and the opportunity to join its working groups, take part in the regional networks and the AGM or become a member of the Central Group, which is the management structure of the Movement.

To develop policy on issues affecting Travellers, the ITM has established a number of working groups. Currently there are four working groups: Accommodation, Education, Legal & Youth. The effectiveness of working groups depends entirely on the active engagement of Travelles and other ITM members. From time-to-time, there may also be additional short-term project groups. For more information on these specific issues, see the respective pages on the website.

Membership of the ITM

The membership of the Irish Traveller Movement consists of Full Members (Traveller Groups with active Traveller participation) and Associate Members (individuals or other groups who support the aims of ITM).  The criteria for the three forms of membership are listed below. For more information on affiliating to the ITM, contact Damien Walshe on

1.    Full Member

Criteria: Must be a Local Traveller Organisation/ Traveller Group
The Rights Afforded to Full Members are:
  • Receive all information from the ITM
  • Can be involved in Working Groups and Regional Networks
  • Invited to AGM
  • Full voting rights at AGM
  • Can be member of the Central Group

1. a     National/ International Full Member

Criteria: National and International Irish Traveller Organisations
The Rights Afforded to National and International Full Members are:
  • Invited to AGM
  • Full voting rights at AGM
  • Receive all ITM information
  • Can be on National Working Groups
  • Can be on Regional Networks

2.    Associate Member

Criteria: Organisations and Individuals who support and sign up to the Core Principles, aims and objectives of ITM e.g. Primary Health Care Programmes, Statutory Bodies, Pre-schools, Training Centres, General CDPs, Partnerships etc. 

The Rights Afforded to Associate Members are:
  • Can receive ITM newsletter and general information
  • Invited to the AGM
  • Can be involved in National Working Groups

3.     Individual Traveller Member

Criteria: Individual Travellers who are not linked into local groups and who sign up to the Core Principles, aims and objectives of ITM.

The Rights Afforded to Individual Traveller Members are:
  • Can receive ITM newsletter and general information
  • Can be Involved in National Working Groups
  • Can be involved in Regional Networks
  • Invited to the AGM

To protect the Core Vision and the collective ownership of the Movement, only full members (i.e. Traveller Organisations) have a vote at the AGM. Furthermore the Central Group is designed in such a way, that there will always be a majority of Travellers on it.

Participation in the ITM

The ITM as a dynamic, national membership organisation depends on an engaged, local membership. This is a two-way process, with active members participating with and feeding into ITM structures on an ongoing basis, while the ITM staff reverting regularly back to its members for feedback and to receive a mandate for further actions.

The ITM employs a number of staff with specific roles; for more information on staff and work areas, click here for details. However without the active involvement of its members (Travellers and Traveller Organisations in particular) the ITM would be a membership organisation in name only!

Joining an ITM Working Group or the Central Group, or participating in the Regional Networks, AGM, ITM-Seminars or Training Days are all different ways of getting actively involved in the Movement. For information on the accommodation, education, legal and youth working groups, click on the relevant issue from the ITM home page. For information on regional network meetings and training in which ITM members can participate, click here to find the details of the Membership Development Worker in your area. Check the ITM forums for details of other ITM spaces for members to become involved in.

The ITM also encourages ITM members to use the newsletter and ITM ezine to publicise local events, publications and job opportunities. The more active engagement there is by Travellers and other members, the more effective the Movement will become in advocating on Travellers human rights.