IT’S OFFICIAL: YOU CAN TELL THEM YOU’RE A SHOWMAN / SHOWWOMAN IN THE CENSUS ON SUNDAY 21 MARCH!
This will be important in the future – for recognition for national and local decisions on allocating the country’s resources – to include Showmen / Showwomen, for:
• Grounds to run fairs at,
and overall Identity recognition … including,
• In Parliament; and in time:
• in the Media and
• from the wider population…
Below are the details of The Showmen’s Guild’s successful meeting with ONS in Kew, London, to arrange this.
The Central Office team
RE: Meeting with Office for National Statistics – Census / Adding the status: “SHOWMAN” to the online 2021 Census
Stidston, Emily Friday 19th February 2020 3:10 PM
Many thanks for your message.
It’s great to hear from the Showmen’s Guild and I hope all are well.
In answer to your question below, ONS wants everyone to be able to respond as best represents themselves.
• If you feel that ‘showman/woman’ is representative of your national identity or ethnic group, you will be able to enter that on the relevant question.
• If a travelling showman/woman/person is your occupation you should enter this in the employment questions on the census.
• In the ethnic group question ‘Showman’ and ‘Showwoman’ are listed as response options in the search as you type function on the online form. This means once you begin typing (from three letters on) suggestions will appear based on the letters you are typing, these suggestions will include Showman etc. as above.
• However, you are still able to type in whatever you feel best represents you if you prefer.
• There is also space on the paper questionnaire for people to write in answers.
I have included a screen shot (see next photo) of the ethnic group question in action, to illustrate the search as you type function working with showman for you.
I have also included a link to the downloadable resources section (here: https://census.gov.uk/downloadable-resources/) of our website.
Here we have listed all the resources and guidance we have produced to help raise awareness and promote the census.
We are continuing to add to this over the coming weeks so more content will be available shortly. We would also be happy to discuss any communications opportunities in more detail, just let us know.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Emily Stidston | Census Community Partnerships Manager
Office for National Statistics | Swyddfa Ystadegau Gwladol