Friends, Families and Travellers is a small charity that works with Gypsies and Travellers. The charity runs a health outreach team covering Sussex that supports travellers to access services, reduce social exclusion, challenge discrimination and improve their emotional and physical health. Friends, Families and Travellers received a grant of £2,500 from the Marit and Hans Rausing Fund to help increase access to sports and exercise for young travellers.
Clare Bingham has worked with Friends, Families and Travellers for eight years. “Many of the young people we work with live very insular lives. They don’t get off-site very often and so don’t get to mix much with other people from the wider community,” she says. “Trips out like the roller-blading at Shoreham pictured here mean a huge amount to the young people.” Being able to cover transport costs is vital as so many of the young people live in very isolated rural locations and move about a great deal. “The young people’s education is often fragmented,” says Clare. “They will often go to primary school but not secondary. The Rausing Fund grant has also gone to help fund short vocational training, a four-week sewing course and a four-week farm course.”