Tipperary Money Advisors have joined the growing number of local MABS services which have facilitated money management sessions with their respective local Traveller Primary Health Care teams.

Certificate Presentation

On the 20th of October a certificate presentation took place in Tipperary for all the participants on the course. This training was a joint initiative undertaken by a combined primary health care teams of Clonmel and Tipperary Rural Traveller Group, , National Traveller MABS, and Tipperary MABS. Mary Teresa Tuohy, and Mairead Ryan, from South Tipperary MABS facilitated the training.

Working Relationships

Community education has always been part of the MABS service, and with resources readily available, it provides a very good avenue to develop a sound working relationship between the MABS Service and the local Traveller community.

Mary Teresa, Money Advisor from Tipperary said:

“It was a very positive experience to facilitate the community education to the health care workers. The fact that the group was small meant much of the learning flowed through informal group discussions.”

There was a lot of positive feedback from the Traveller women about the community education programme particularly in terms of knowing about how to access affordable credit through the credit unions. "We all know about the Credit Union now and a lot of Travellers use it. Another health care worker praised the trainers, Mary Teresa and Mairead and said that they learned about the MABS service and what it can do to help people.

In all Eight Women Received Certificates

Overall, 8 women received the certificates for completing A Way of Life Training Programme and the Overcoming Illegal Debt module. They now are in a position to use the skills and knowledge in their work with the local Traveller community, and this helps to make real our principle of being an equality focussed and accessible service.

If you who would be interested in facilitating community education with Traveller groups in your area and would like the support of National Traveller MABS, please contact our education worker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published: 03 December 2015