Supporting the Traveller Community in addressing the many health inequalities they face

12/10/2015

At a recent celebration of Traveller Culture, Dr Michael McBride Chief Executive of the Belfast Trust reiterated the Trusts commitment to supporting the Traveller Community in addressing the many health inequalities they face and to promote equal access to health services.

Performing at the event was a Travellers women’s singing group which Dr McBride praised, highlighting the physical, mental and emotional health benefits of engaging in group activities:

 “This group is a good news story about Travellers, and a story that needs to be told. We are all aware of the physical health benefits of taking part in activities such as singing but there are so many other benefits for the women in terms of emotional health and wellbeing and their personal resilience.

 But there are also benefits for the wider Traveller community also. By breaking down barriers, challenging racial stereotypes and putting forward a positive image we are sending out positive messages from a community that unfortunately remains marginalised and stigmatised.”

 The event was organised by Bryson An Munia Tober and supported by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency.