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Traveller Primary Health Project

Services Description

The Traveller Health Project is a partnership between the HSE and South Tipperary Development Company. The project focuses on the promotion of health and wellbeing within the community by delivering key health messages in accordance with the HSE Social Inclusion South East Community Healthcare (SECH) Traveller Health Programme.

The STDC Traveller Primary Health Project was established in 1999.  The project works with Traveller families in Clonmel, Cahir, Fethard, Carrick on Suir and Killenaule.  It is a peer led programme in which Travellers engage and work with their own community to promote physical, social and mental wellbeing of Travellers.  There are currently 4 part time Traveller Healthcare Workers and 1 Co Ordinator.

The work is underpinned by a community development approach, using peer led and culturally sensitive ways of working to engage the target population.

What We Do
  • To act as a link between services and service users.
  • To support Traveller families to attend HSE appointments.
  • To work with families to identify barriers to service uptake.
  • To offer support to families dealing with correspondence from health and other services.
  • To inform Travellers of health initiatives.
  • To organise health information sessions.
  • To deliver in service training on Traveller Cultural awareness to front line staff and other agencies engaging with Travellers.
  • To represent the Traveller Community on local, regional and national committees, working groups and other agencies.

Who is this Service for?

“The vision is for a health service in which Travellers can achieve their full potential in respect to their physical, mental and social wellbeing and where the wellbeing of all Travellers is valued and supported at every level.  The vision is underpinned by one in which Traveller families have equitable outcomes in health resulting in a healthy and resilient Traveller community”.

National Traveller Health Action Plan (2022-2027)

Other Information

For further information on the work of the project please contact Project Coordinator Gillian Walsh on 087 6854139 or at  Located at Room 1 Clonmel Resource Centre,  Kickham Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

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