The health status of Gypsies and Traveller communities is much poorer than that of the general population:

  • Life expectancy is 10 to 12 years for individuals is less than that of the non-Traveller population 1
  • 42% of English Gypsies are affected by a long-term condition, as opposed to 18% of the general population 2
  • 1 in 5 Gypsy Traveller mothers will experience the loss of a child, compared to one in a hundred in the non-Traveller community.3

The QNI Homeless and Inclusion Health Programme has a special interest group running on Gypsy, Traveller and Boater health with an aim to improve health for these communities. We are working closely with Friends, Families and Travellers in convening this special interest group, and also recommend their website as a key resource.

Other websites that you may find useful:

  1. The Traveller Movement 
  2. Leeds Gypsy & Traveller Exchange Gate 
  3. Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre 
  4. Roma Support Group 

Categories on this resource page are:

  • Background Information
  • Advice and Guidance for Health Professionals
  • Mental Health
  • Domestic Violence
  • Needs Assessments
  • Covid-19 guidance
  • Management of Unauthorised Encampments

Background information

Advice and Guidance for Health Professionals

Mental health

Domestic Violence

  • Friends, Families and Travellers – Domestic Violence project – 2016

Needs Assessments

Covid-19 guidance

Management of Unauthorised Encampments


  1. Parry et al (2004) The Health Status of Gypsies and Travellers: Report of Department of Health Inequalities in Health Research Initiative, University of Sheffield
  2. Royal College of General Practitioners, Improving access to health care for Gypsies and Travellers, homeless people and sex workers, September 2013
  3. Ormiston Children and Families Trust and Cambridgeshire Community Services, An Insight into the Health of Gypsies and Travellers: A Booklet for Health Professionals in Cambridgeshire, 2008

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