Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2022

June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM)

During GRTHM, we're celebrating the unique and diverse histories and cultures of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Scotland.

The history of Gypsy, Roma and Travellers

The term ‘Gypsy Travellers’ refers to specific groups like:

  • Romany Gypsies
  • Scottish, Irish, English and Welsh Travellers

Gypsy, Roma and Travellers are a recognised ethnic group. Not everyone who identifies as a Gypsy Traveller is currently travelling. They might live in council or private housing or on fixed caravan sites.

There are other types of traveller who are not considered Gypsy Travellers like:

  • occupational travellers
  • show people
  • new age travellers

More information about Gypsy Travellers

Accessing healthcare

Gypsy, Roma and Travellers often have poorer health and a lower life expectancy than the general population.

Many Gypsy, Roma and Travellers face barriers to healthcare including:

  • registering for healthcare due to regular travel
  • cultural and language barriers because of a lack of cultural understanding
  • health literacy and how to navigate health services
  • a lack of trust in or fear of health services
  • economic barriers including accessing transport to appointments

Learn more about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

10 things you should know about Scottish Travellers

Davie Donaldson discusses some myths about Scottish Travellers and shares 10 things you should know about the Scottish Traveller community.

Further learning resources

Learn more about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and GRTHM on: