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Local Research into Gypsy and Traveller wellbeing

Wellbeing history

There is a long history of Gypsy and Traveller communities living, working and travelling in Hampshire and Hampshire County Council is committed to working in partnership with other agencies to improve their health and wellbeing.

Gypsies and Travellers are known to experience some of the worst outcomes of any population group across a broad range of indicators, including significant inequalities in relation to their health and wellbeing.

For example, national data indicates that:

  • Just 12% of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils achieved five or more good GCSEs in 2011, including English and Mathematics, compared with 58.2% of all pupils

  • Gypsies and Travellers experience higher rates of miscarriages, stillbirths, neonatal and infant deaths compared to the general population

  • 39% of Gypsies and Travellers have long term health conditions compared to 26% of age-matched comparators

  • Studies have reported that Gypsy and Traveller communities are frequently subjected to hostility and discrimination and are three times more likely to be anxious and twice as likely to be depressed

It is also widely reported that Gypsies and Travellers die on average 10-12 years younger than the general population, which is perhaps the greatest inequality of all.

Research into wellbeing

A significant amount of local research has been conducted into the health and wellbeing needs of Gypsies and Travellers living in Hampshire.

Forest Bus Combined Research into the health and social needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Hampshire 2005-2008  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 3MB.

Hampshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) 2013 also includes a chapter on Gypsies and Travellers.

Research into the health and wellbeing needs of Gypsies and Travellers living in ‘bricks and mortar’ accommodation in East Hampshire, Hart and New Forest District Council areas 2015  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 927kB.

Gypsy & Traveller Health & Wellbeing Project

In response to the above research, Hampshire County Council provide funding to First Steps New Forest to deliver a health and wellbeing project to Gypsies and Travellers living in Hampshire.

 

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