Health and Social Care

We believe that everyone should receive the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

Members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities expect to live between 10 and 25 years shorter than the wider population and to spend less years of their lives in good health. Chronic exclusion across the wider social determinants of health put Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities at greater risk of poor health, but the way that the health and social care system has been designed can often make it harder for members of these communities to access the support, care and treatment they need. 

Samson Rattigan BEM

Samson Rattigan

Sussex Projects Manager

I manage Sussex projects, working with Brighton and Hove CCG to identify health needs and gaps in healthcare provision, provide community members with expert casework services and help young people to overcome barriers in health and education.

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Emma Bray

Health Improvement Worker

I support people to engage in healthy activities, equip people with information they need to make healthy choices and work with people to overcome issues affecting their health and wellbeing. My role varies, one day you can be supporting a client to access healthcare and the next you are in a community Zumba group!

Michelle Gavin

Michelle Gavin

Projects Manager

I manage projects across Sussex, support the outreach team in their roles and deliver the RSPH Level 1 and 2 qualifications and training. Communities and individuals are at the centre of everything we do. Working with Gypsies and Travellers at grassroots level is vital in order to get their voices heard – ultimately, this informs policy changes and leads to better health, life outcomes and experiences.

Rosie Fox

Rosie Fox

National Caseworker

Being on the helpline involves working in a client-led capacity to ensure people feel heard, while giving advice and guidance on a range of issues. But more than that, it’s a privilege to work with such kind, strong, resourceful and humorous clients, and to give them a boost for the times it is needed.

Angela Barnett

Angela Barnett

National Caseworker

As a National Caseworker, I support clients across the country on a whole host of issues, making sure people don’t feel alone whilst doing my best to provide guidance and support where I can. It’s important to me that clients and service users feel that FFT are standing with them through thick and thin.

Picture of Ivy Manning a Community Engagement Wellbeing Officer at Friends Families and Travellers

Ivy Manning

Community Engagement and Hate Crime Officer

I work in Hate Crime and Community Engagement and support people to report hate crime. I help people understand that they don't have to face racism and discrimination alone and that they are important and valued members of our society.

"Samson's been helping me out with all my letters and he's helped me to fill in some forms to get benefits. I haven't got PIP yet, but he's helped me to feel confident going to an appeal with him."


Every year, our casework and outreach teams help over 1300 families with issues ranging from homelessness to hate crime, accessing healthcare to registering for carer's support, and much more. Our dedicated team of outreach workers, community navigators and health improvement workers help people to improve their health and wellbeing by:

  • Connecting people to services;
  • Providing advocacy and advice to people who are struggling to access the support they are entitled to;
  • Delivering training in health improvement and behaviour change;
  • Delivering brief health interventions; and more.

We work at a local and national level to: 

  • Address the wider social determinants of health which put Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities at high risk of poor physical and mental health. 
  • Equip people with the information they need to make healthy choices.
  • Challenge discriminatory policies or practices which disadvantage members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in accessing the health and social care services which they need. 
  • Improve consideration of the lives and experiences of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the planning and commissioning of health and social care services. 
  • Develop and identify evidence-based interventions to address health inequalities in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. 

Our key tools and forums we use to bring about change in this area include:

We carry out research to:

  • investigate and expose unfair treatment against Gypsies and Travellers in the health and social care system; and
  • amplify the voices of Gypsy and Traveller communities in health and social care planning.

Friends, Families and Travellers policy briefing on health inequalities experienced by Gypsy and Traveller communities - view here.

To view our full range of reports and publications on health and social care, visit our Policy and Publications section.

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