Friends, Families and Travellers

Mental health and wellbeing project

Extending our existing mental health and wellbeing outreach work in Sussex to help address the enormous unmet need for this service.

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It ran from 12:01 PM, 30 March 2011 to 12:01 PM, 30 March 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1112326)

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  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Gypsies and Travellers are the most socially excluded, discriminated against and marginalised of all minority ethnic groups in the UK today. Due to the shortage of legal sites there are around 25,000 people who have nowhere to stop but are constantly moved around in an endless cycle of evictions. Apart from the economic costs to the country (eviction costs an estimated £18m per year just to move people around from one unauthorised site to another) the cost in terms of human misery is enormous. Gypsies and Travellers have the poorest health outcomes of any minority ethnic group in the country with a life expectancy up to 25 years shorter than those in the settled population. Suicide rates among Irish Travellers have been found to be three times those of people in the settled community. There are huge but understandable problems of depression and associated mental health and wellbeing issues. We have three year funding for a 17.5 hour per week mental health and wellbeing outreach worker (two years to run) but are looking for £7500 per annum for the next two years to increase this post to 28 hours per week. This will enable us to help an estimated additional 80 clients per annum from some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised sections of the community.