It’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group would like to raise awareness of these communities to help tackle negative stereotypes.
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month was established in 2008 as a way of raising awareness of these communities and their contributions to society. Throughout June communities across the country celebrate their culture and heritage with the aim of tackling prejudice and challenging stereotypes.
Dr Andy Knox, Director of Population Health and Engagement in Morecambe Bay said: “Through the Poverty Truth Commission we have formed important relationships with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community in Morecambe Bay. They are often misunderstood and maligned as unfortunately, many people have pre-conceived ideas about them and how they live their lives.
“We hope to build on these relationships to form a strong way of working with this community to tackle health inequalities, such as, limited access to primary care, unsurety of what services to engage with, high suicide rate among men and social isolation.
“By developing a greater understanding of these communities, we can start to work with them to improve their health and wellbeing.”
Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are the largest ethnic minority community in the European Union with over 12 million people across the EU and some 300,000 in the UK. They are very marginalised and suffer extreme levels of prejudice and discrimination.
On 6 June Communities Minister, Lord Bourne announced that a national strategy would be launched to tackle inequality and improve the lives of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities as “health, education and housing inequalities are considerable.”
For more information about Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month click on the following link https://www.grthmlondon.org.uk/grthm/about-grthm/.