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Travelling Communities Support

travelling communities support

The Travelling Communities Support Service aims to improve the lives of Gypsy, Showpeople, Roma, Boater and Traveller communities across Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and Wiltshire. The service launched in 2015 and is commissioned by Virgin Care in BANES and Public Health in Wiltshire.

Gypsy, Roma &Travellers (GRT) have one of the poorest health profiles for a community in the UK with a lower life expectancy and higher burden of illness due to low socioeconomic status, environmental conditions, discrimination and poor access to health services 1 2

Julian House has a dedicated Outreach Team; flexible and holistic 1:2:1 support tailored to the needs of each individual. We also work with service providers and agencies; identifying inclusive ways of working to reduce inequalities experienced by GRT communities.

1 Parry, G., Van Cleemput, P., Peters, J., Moore, J., Walters, S., Thomas, K. & Cooper, C (2004) The Health Status of Gypsies and Travellers in England. University of Sheffield, Sheffield

2 Smith, D. & Ruston, A.M. (2013) If you feel that nobody wants you you’ll withdraw into your own: Gypsy/Travellers, networks and health care utilisation. Sociology of Health and Illness, 35, 1196-1210

If you’re an individual seeking support please contact our Outreach and Engagement Team:

Bath and North East Somerset:

Emily Souter Johnson – 07946 200271

Wiltshire (Boater Only Service):

Carla Boardman – 07539 926809

If you are a service provider seeking advice or for any other enquiries please contact: 

Alice Young – Team Leader 07960 097719

Emma Whitcombe (Wiltshire only) 07498 723504