This programme aims to counter the disadvantage experienced by the Traveller Community in North Tipperary.
What We Do?
There are three strands to the programme which promotes equality of access to services and equality of outcomes from services for the Travelling Community in North Tipperary.
It works in partnership with the HSE, Department of Social Protection, Tipperary Education and Training Board, North Tipperary County Council, Gardaí, Department of Education and North Tipperary Sports Partnership.
The three strands are the Traveller Development Programme, Primary Health Care Programme, Traveller Family Support.
The details of the programme are as follows:
Traveller Development Programme
The Traveller Development Programme works with Travellers in Nenagh and Roscrea providing support to adults and young people to access educational and social / sporting activities. Groups are run for women, men and young people including literacy, numeracy, art and crafts, sporting and social activities. Support is provided to Travellers to access services and in liaising with service providers.
Primary Health Care Programme
The aim of the Primary Health Care Programme is to improve the health status and quality of life of the Travelling Community in North Tipperary. Traveller women have been trained and are employed as Community Health Workers. They deliver a health promotion programme to all Travellers in the County.
Traveller Family Support
The Family Support Programme assists Traveller families in North Tipperary and helps them to better manage their homes and to interact with agencies and community structures more effectively.
The Family Support Worker supports Traveller families with:
- Existing housing, and in relocation to new housing;
- In the upkeep of their home;
- In education for children;
- In education for adults.
How to avail of this service:
- Traveller Families living in the North Tipperary area can access the service directly by contacting the Family Support Worker who will assist in the completion of the referral form.
- Alternatively referrals can be made by the family doctor, public health nurse, teacher, social worker or other professional working with the family. All referrals are made with the knowledge and permission of the family.