Success for our Gypsy Traveller housing support project

During 2012 we worked with three women from the Gypsy Traveller community in partnership with STAR (Supporting Tenants and Residents) to produce an accessible housing support toolkit.

We were charged with using a coproduction model, ie enabling and supporting the women to come up with and take forward their own ideas.

The evaluation of the project has shown “real coproduction in practice with the women doing the research and also coming up with some very innovative practical products”.  One of these was a two-year calendar to help with appointments and letters for people with literacy difficulties. Specialist creative input came from our artsworker, Jen. There have been some incredible spin-offs from the inspiration they women gained through doing this project – one of them was unable to read and write at the beginning of the project and is now able to do both and wants to go to college to do other subjects like maths and English.  She also has an ambition to become a youth worker. The other two women discovered they enjoy art so much that they now hope to go to college next year to do an interior design/soft furnishings course which is being sponsored by Soft Touch.

We hope to hear soon if we have been successful in our bid for a follow up project to create health promotion resources for the Gypsy Traveller community.