Wheel of Life - for Suffolk’s Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities”

It is clear that life can be difficult for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Life expectancy has decreased over the years and health support can be difficult to access.

But there are organisations who work hard to offer services that help support you if you are a member of Suffolk's Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities - including West Meadows, Beck Row and the Roma community in Ipswich.

Below is a community film, made by Jake Bowers, Gypsy filmmaker and journalist, with fascinating insight into the history and current state of health from cradle to grave of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people. You can listen to friends and neighbours sharing their experiences in Romani and the doctors and nurses who treated them.

Services highlighted in the film include:

  • Midwives
  • GP surgeries
  • Diabetes support
  • Cancer support
  • Advocacy services

Wheel of life from Jake Bowers on Vimeo.

Produced by the Voiceability Community Development Team in partnership with Suffolk Wellbeing Service

Funded by the Big Lottery programme Awards for All

"Thank you so much for thinking of my people in this way and for distributing the DVD free of charge, this means every home can have a personal copy"

"It's an amazing way of educating folks about the services they will need at some time throughout their lives, it's a film by made for the gypsies by the gypsies"

"Hearing our elder men on the DVD talk about emotional wellbeing and where to go for help will do a great deal for our young men coping with similar problems, no more will they be afraid to speak out and get the support they need"

Gypsy Leader

Spotting Abuse

The VoiceAbility Parliament have created 4 DVD role-plays performed by members of the VoiceAbility Learning Disability Parliament and supported by Granta Housing, the Open Out scheme and Cambridgeshire County Council Adult Safeguarding Team.  The role plays depict different scenarios that could indicate abuse.

These can be used as a raising awareness resource when working with frontline staff or with people who use services.


Sean meets his sister and her friend  /   Russell taking his shopping home


Ian's night in with his friends  /  Ian's grumpy neighbour

If you would like further information or resources that will support the use of these DVD's go to: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/social/adultprot/

For further information about Hate Crime and the Open Out Scheme go to: http://www.openoutcambs.org/


VoiceAbility teamed up with CPL and the British Parking Association to produce a video highlighting the difficulties faced by people with disabilities when it comes to using parking facilities. Thanks to Parkeon for helping to fund this video.

VoiceAbility features at Parkex from CPL on Vimeo.