Distribution of COVID-19 sanitation and care packs

Organisation: GATE Herts

Location: Hertfordshire, England

COVID-19 has unveiled the stark inequalities faced by Gypsy and Traveller communities in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. Families have experienced difficulties such as accessing water and sanitation, which is further compounded by multiple health issues ranging from diabetes to cancer.

Through funding from Roadside Futures, GATE Herts were able to support vulnerable families with tailor-made interior and exterior sanitation and care packs. Each pack contained essentials such as water, disinfectant, hand sanitiser, hand wash and gloves. These were distributed through safe social distancing measures adjusted according to each individual’s circumstances.

A survey on the impact of COVID-19 to Gypsies, Roma and Travellers received good engagement and the results will be analysed by a community member, so the needs and support in place (or not in place) can be better understood. The findings and outcomes will be used as an evidence base to influence and change policy.


A friend told me about the scheme GATE Herts were doing, giving care packages out to roadside Gypsy Traveller families during coronavirus. I applied for one and was very glad and thankful to receive one. I was self-isolating so they arranged for someone to pick it up for me. There was very good things in the pack such as wash and cleaning stuff. It really couldn’t have come at a better time.