Response from MECOPP to the Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into Gypsy/Travellers and care

MECOPP welcome the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee’s (EOC) inquiry into Gypsy/Travellers and care. MECOPP is an independent registered charity providing a variety of services to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) carers and people in receipt of care.

In May 2011 MECOPP began working with carers within the Gypsy/Traveller community in rural and urban areas of Scotland - Edinburgh and the Lothians, Perth and Kinross and Argyll. We have a small staff team working with those in the Gypsy/Traveller community who have 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.