Self-Directed Support and Gypsy/Travellers

In 2011, MECOPP began working with Gypsy/Travellers in three localities of Scotland: Edinburgh and the Lothians, Perth and Kinross, and mid and north Argyll. Using community development approaches, the project works to: raise awareness of informal caring within the community; develop and deliver a range of services to support families; build capacity of statutory bodies to respond more appropriately to identified need; and, assist local and Scottish national government in the development of policy and practice.

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MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project) teamed up with Diversity Matters to develop the Everyone Together programme for Minority Ethnic groups, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government. Everyone Together is a two-day workshop that brings together people with disabilities, carers, local authorities, and professionals from other organisations to learn together about SDS, explore outcomes, and to discover the assets, strengths and skills of their communities and localities.

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

MECOPP welcome the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee (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

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