Family Work - Health, Educational & Social Needs

 One of our Family Support Workers assisting Danny, a child with Cerebral Palsy, and his family to enable them to access support services

One of our Family Support Workers assisting Danny, a child with Cerebral Palsy, and his family to enable them to access support services

Through our approach and longstanding work, MCT enjoys a unique level of trust and understanding among Traveller communities. We aim to use this to work in partnership with communities to improve health, education and social outcomes for Travellers. 

Currently, our Family Support Work targets the most vulnerable families on the sites in which we work to address issues including schooling, housing, health and disability needs and parenting needs. This is often achieved in part by facilitating access to statutory services. 

The educational disadvantage of the Travellers was extremely striking, and the single most marked difference between Gypsy Travellers and other socially deprived and ethnic minority populations
— The Health Status of Gypsies & Travellers in England; University of Sheffield, 2004
Our findings confirm and extend the practice-based evidence on poorer health in Gypsy Traveller populations. There is now little doubt that health inequality between the observed Gypsy Traveller population in England and their non-Gypsy counterparts is striking, even when compared with other socially deprived or excluded groups and with other ethnic minorities.
— The Health Status of Gypsies & Travellers in England; University of Sheffield, 2004
Life expectancy is 12 years lower for women and 10 years lower for men in Traveller communities
— Commission for Racial Equality, 2004