Gypsies and Travellers

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Gypsies and Travellers


For information about Gypsy and Traveller history and culture please visit the friends, families and travellers website

For information about Gypsies and Travellers in Somerset, please visit

Improving understanding : national organisation 'Friends, Families and Travellers' have developed an online learning programme which targets the key themes and questions arising amongst service providers about Gypsies and Travellers. The course is ideal for members of the statutory, voluntary or private sector wishing to engage or work more effectively with Gypsies and Travellers.


Somerset Gypsy and Traveller Forum

In Somerset the public authorities (local authorities, Police, Fire and Rescue, Public Health) engage with representatives of the Gypsy and Traveller communities through the Somerset Gypsy and Traveller Forum.

Agendas and minutes of the Forum meeting can be found here

The Forum is administered by the Somerset Equality Officers Group (SEOG) comprising the equality officers of Somerset County Council and Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Taunton Deane/West Somerset District Councils.

To discuss issues relating to Gypsy and Travellers in other district council areas in Somerset please contact

Mendip District Council -

Sedgemoor District Council -

Taunton Dean District Council -

SSDC Services

Information about our approach to Gypsies and Travellers, what level of provision we are required to make, and what is currently provided.

Information about our Gypsy and Traveller Sites, and how to apply.

Information on Planning permission

Watch Road to Change



Locally, 'Support Services for Education' are able to provide face-to-face cultural competency training to local organisations including schools. To discuss this please contact the team directly (0300 123 2224)


Health and Wellbeing

For information and resources on keeping healthy please visit our local public health website

Registering with GP Surgeries

Gypsy and Travellers do not need an address ID in order to register with a GP. A recent letter from the Secretary of State for Health clearly states that being unable to provide an address ID is not grounds for refusing registration.

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing GP Surgeries, 'friends, family and travellers' have produced a 'health help card'. You can download a copy of it from the website

Social Care

For information on the services provided by the County Council's Adult Social Care service please visit

Somerset Choices 

For more information on  local care and the range of services available to help you choose the right care and support for you and your family visit Somerset choices


Staying Healthy

 Healthy Somerset

In Somerset there is a public health website with lots of information on how to improve your health or stay healthy for longer -
Even small changes to your daily routines and what you eat can help you:
  • Improve your health
  • Cut the risk of illness
  • Feel better

Exercise More

  • Exercise can makes you feel better
  • Help with worry, bad nerves, feeling down or depression.
  • Try to do 30 minutes each day - even walking and playing with your children is good for you
  • For ideas and local information visit  
  • Or find a local health walk

Give up smoking - it's not easy but with help you can do it.

  • You can get free help at your doctor's or chemist. Call these numbers for advice:              
  • Stop Smoking Service:  0303 033 9840 and
  • 'Vaping' is a lot less harmful than smoking tobacco

Drink less Alcohol think about what you drink:

  • Men and Women should try not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
  • Try to have 48 hours without drinking alcohol - this gives your liver a chance to recover.

What is a unit of alcohol? -

Where to go for help?

Speak to your doctor, or call the National Helpline  0300 123 1110 (Weekdays 9am - 8pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm)

Be Sugar Smart

Too much sugar can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. This fat around vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases in the future like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Having too much sugar can also cause tooth decay. Find out more;

Make more home cooked meals

  • Making your own meals means you can be sure what is in it and make sure the portion size is reasonable

For more meal ideas visit