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Sunbed use and skin care in Gypsy and Traveller communities

Friends, Families and Travellers have launched a new report, “Sunbed use and skin care in Gypsy and Traveller communities”. Through the use of questionnaires, face-to-face engagement, focus groups and online polls they recently sought to find out levels of sunbed usage in Gypsy and Traveller communities, awareness of the risks of sunbed use and the most effective ways of raising awareness of the dangers of sunbeds.

Key Findings

  • There are high levels of sunbed usage in Gypsy and Traveller communities compared to the majority population.
  • There are low levels of awareness of the risks of sunbeds in Irish Traveller communities compared to the majority population.
  • Many members of Gypsy and Traveller communities, in particular Irish Travellers, highly value tanning as part of their beauty regime.
  • Some men in the Gypsy and Traveller communities may be reluctant to use sun cream in England, despite large periods of time spent in the outdoors.
  • Overwhelmingly, those we spoke to felt that it important to get messages on skin care and sunbeds out to Gypsy and Traveller communities in a targeted way.

If you are interested, you can find a full copy of the report here:

https://www.gypsy-traveller.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Sunbed-use-and-skin-care-in-Gypsy-and-Traveller-communities-FINAL.docx