The wheels of change: A report on the barriers faced by disabled Gypsies and Travellers when accessing the social care system

Corporate author: Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) & Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group (DGLG)

Publication date: March 2010

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This report examines the barriers that disabled Gypsies and Travellers in Leicester, Leicestershire, Derby and Derbyshire face when trying to access social care.  There were a number of challenges faced by the Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) and the Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group (DGLG) when conducting this research with Gypsies and Travellers on issues of disability. Firstly, this community has a lack of trust in the settled community, which meant that LCIL would not be able to have direct access to this community. LCIL worked in partnership with DGLG which provided in-depth knowledge of the culture and values of this community and provided the access to this community.It is apparent that Gypsies and Travellers experience an extraordinarily high incidence of disability and ill health and,  furthermore, have an average life expectancy of ten years less than the settled community population.