Friends, Families and Travellers

Pictures and Stories; Travellers in prison

To support Gypsies & Travellers to celebrate their culture through a programme of prisoner led family events in prisons. To overcome isolation from both family and culture which, combined with very low literacy and lack of trust in mainstream services, leads to poor mental health and high recidivism

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 April 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 March 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1112326)




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




The scattered distribution of Gypsies & Travellers means that families are less able to visit and our experience is that few Traveller prisoners are literate making it difficult to maintain contact with family - the heart of Traveller culture. Families expect to be always together so few have family photos. Very low literacy and the everyday experience of racism for Travellers means they often conceal their identity and rarely engage with advice or support for themselves or their families.


Choosing and setting up music, pictures and stories with other Travellers builds confidence and pride in their culture. Sharing their work with their families builds a positive shared experience and family portraits taken on the days give a tangible reminder of the day. Prisoners are encouragede to engage with trusted advice and support services in and out of prison, reducing reoffending. The events also give a positive representation of Traveller culture to staff and other prisoners.