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