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MECOPP works specifically to support Minority Ethnic carers to access supports and services that suit their caring situation.

MECOPP run a Gypsy/Traveller Carers’ Project and they work in rural and urban areas of Scotland – Edinburgh & the Lothians, Perth & Kinross and Mid and North Argyll. 

Why is this work needed?

In Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 – 2015, the Scottish Government identified specific communities of carers they knew little about, including Gypsy/Travellers. There is limited published information about the pattern, nature and extent of informal caring within the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland.

Who do we work with?

We work with carers within the Gypsy/Traveller community, anyone who has a caring responsibility for a family member or friend. We work with carers, of any age, who live in housing, on sites and on roadside camps.

What are we doing?

We use community development approaches in working with Gypsy/Travellers. Our work is multi-dimensional – including outreach work, community-led research, film-making, limited casework and training. We also work with partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors to develop their capacity to respond more appropriately to the needs of this community.

What outcomes do we hope to achieve?

Our five project outcomes are:

  • Increased local and national knowledge of the pattern, nature and extent of informal caring within Gypsy/Traveller communities in Scotland.
  • Increased capacity of partners to respond more appropriately to the needs of informal carers from the Gypsy/Traveller community
  • Increased knowledge of, and confidence in, carer support services amongst Gypsy/Travellers
  • Quantifiable improvements in the physical, emotional and financial health of individual Gypsy/Traveller carers
  • Increased knowledge about the mental health and wellbeing of Gypsy/Traveller carers in Edinburgh & the Lothians.

Contact details of local staff:

Callum Ogden
Project Manager (Edinburgh based)
07507 566 822

Donna Lawrie
Edinburgh & the Lothians
07527 611974

Siubhan O’Rourke
Mid Argyll and North Argyll
07553 115457

PKAVS has a valued team of over 80 staff and 100 volunteers whose skills and expertise enable us to reach our objectives and have the positive impact that we do.

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PKAVS relies on over 100 dedicated volunteers who help with all aspects of our work.

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