Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

0113 240 2444

Crown Point House,
167-169 Cross Green Lane,
Leeds LS9 0BD

Have you got skills to help us with a research project?

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By Helen Jones |  April 27, 2012 |

Great shot Eilleen laughingLeeds GATE is one of the organisations that have recognised that Gypsies and Irish Travellers have much poorer health outcomes than most other people, including an average life expectancy of 50 years of age. We found out about the life expectancy during a baseline census that we carried out in 2005.  A team of Gypsy and Traveller community researchers used a simple form to gather some very basic data about the families in Leeds.  Although the data was simple, the report was fantastic because it has helped us encourage local healthcare providers to talk to us and since 2005 we have been working with the local NHS to support families and make improvements to services.

Now we need to update our understanding of what is happening in health for Gypsies and Travellers in Leeds.  We are undertaking a community health needs assessment and urgently require creative and enthusiastic research volunteers to support our community members in the undertaking of survey questionnaires. In simple terms, many Gypsy or Irish Traveller people can’t read well.  We don’t want this to exclude people from carrying out the research which will be more complicated than when we did the baseline census.

Volunteer activities will involve mentoring and supporting community members to gather data, in the form of a questionnaire, from family and friends within the communities.   Non literate community researchers will be supported to collect data by  note taking and assisting  with use of dictaphones and other tools.  You will help to provide ethical guidance and training in relation to conducting one to one interviews, focus groups and family discussions.

Volunteering at Leeds GATEThis will be a lively and interesting project over several months.  Most of the activity will take place during ‘working’ hours but there may also be opportunities for flexibility.  Our ideal volunteers will be sensitive, friendly and diligent.  Preferably they will have some experience of carrying out research (ideally community based research) although this may not be critical if you have the right skills to offer. Volunteers will have good literacy and be competent with technology.  If you think that you may have skills we are looking for fill in the volunteer application form in the right hand column of the page.  Please mark the form ‘HNA Volunteer’.  Or telephone the office and ask to speak to Cathy Griffiths.

This project offers a unique opportunity to participate in research which is imperative to improving the health outcomes, and reducing health inequity, for Gypsy and Traveller people within the Leeds communities.  We are aiming to conduct an excellent project which will contribute to best practice for professionals working with vulnerable groups across the UK.

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