Supporting Gypsies, Romas and Travellers Supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Carers

Gypsies, Roma and travellers are the largest ethnic Minority group in West Sussex, but fear of discrimination (or prejudice) can mean they are the least likely to ask for support. Our wellbeing support workers continually increase their knowledge and understanding of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture, by working with traveller organisations and listening to Carers from the community. Carers Support West Sussex also has a Romany Advisor on our Board of Trustees.

We aim to be a service that traveller communities feel confident they can contact without needing to hide their identity, where they will be listened to and supported without fear of racism, prejudice or discrimination.
We know how hard it can be to trust those offering help outside your family or community.

Although close communities will naturally support their families and friends, unpaid Carers don’t have to do it alone. 

Looking after someone else’s needs is often an act of love, duty and privilege.  It can also be tiring, stressful and at times lonely, this can be due to the experience of, or the constant fear of prejudice, racism or other types of discrimination.   Add the worries and strains often associated with caring to this stress and it can make extremely difficult to cope.  People in the GRT community often develop coping strategies such as hiding their identity and when they are facing difficulties, are very unlikely to ask for help outside of their own community.  This results in a lack of awareness of services available, and can add to feelings of isolation.

Carers who are from the GRT community have told us these would be the most important things to them:

  • Having someone to talk to
  • Help accessing other services
  • Getting their voice heard

We are here to help you with exactly these things, to support you I your caring role, whether that be offering an understanding ear for you to talk to, or putting you in contact with other services that can offer help and support.