Traveller Visibility Group Clg


TVG Health Project works from the determinants of health model (Dahlgren and Whitehead 1991) approach. As there are many things in life that can affect an individual’s health we work with members of the Traveller community in a variety of ways and on a variety of topics with their health to support better health outcomes for Travellers.


The health team is made up of 7 workers including:

  • Coordinator:

    • Caroline Barnard, TVG Traveller Health Coordinator (full time)

    Her role is to coordinate the overall health project in TVG by supporting the development and delivery of Health Initiatives by health staff to the Traveller community and working at local regional and national level around Traveller health development work.

  • Community Health Development Workers:

    • Breda O’Donoghue, Traveller Women’s Health Development (part time),
    • John O’Sullivan, Traveller Men’s Development Worker (full time)

    Their focus is to build capacity with the groups of people they are working with in the community, to support families around accommodation, education and training and to advocate on their behalf to service providers. They also participate at Traveller interagency committee level as well as Estate Management meetings, Traveller Culture Awareness Training (TCAT), the All-Ireland Traveller Health Study (AITHS) regional meeting which is focused on addressing the findings of the study, the Horse Initiative meeting for Cork City, as well as a number of small steering group meetings for pieces of work we have been evolving in the city. At committee level they seek to encourage further advocacy on behalf of Travellers and help to ensure a platform for Travellers to be heard.

    Their work also includes providing outreach support to families, as well as developmental group work, and case work.

  • Traveller Community Health Workers (TCHW):

    • Biddy McDonagh, South side (part time)
    • Elizabeth McGrath, South side (part time)
    • Jean O’Donoghue, North side (part time)
    • Nora Cash, North side (part time)

    TVG TCHW’s are Travellers who have training and experience working within the Traveller community. Their focus is on engaging the community around Primary Health Care and they regularly network with health services to provide health information to the community. They also help to mobilise the community and organise health initiatives and programmes throughout the year and encourage Travellers locally to be interested in health from a variety of angles.

Contact Us

Traveller Visibility Group Ltd
25 Lower John St, Cork, Ireland
Eircode: T23 YX50


Telephone  : (353) 0214503786
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Our Mission

“TVG is a Traveller led Cork based organisation which brings the settled community and Travellers together in order to facilitate community development work for the Traveller community.”

Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20031367 and the Companies Registration Office Number 224905 - Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)

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Funded by:

Pobal Pobal Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force Pobal

Further supports:

University College Cork Pavee Point Ie AN ROINN DLÍ AGUS CIRT AGUS COMHIONANNAIS | DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND EQUALITY Cork Equal and Sustainable Communities Alliance (CESCA) Irish Traveller Movement Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí |Cork City Council Community Foundation Ireland Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
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