Galway Traveller Movement: Invitation to Tender

Invitation to tender: Overview

Galway Traveller Movement on behalf of Traveller Health unit (THU), Community Healthcare West (CHW) wishes to contract a researcher, or team of researchers, to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health outcomes of the Traveller community in Community Healthcare West (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon).

This is an open invitation to tender, and all suitably qualified and experienced researchers or teams of researchers are invited to submit proposals.

About Galway Traveller Movement

Galway Traveller Movement CLG was established in 1994. GTM is an independent Traveller organisation for Galway City and County made up of Travellers and non-Travellers. We have worked for more than two decades to challenge and respond to the structural inequalities that the Traveller community are subjected to.

GTM aims to address disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion experienced by the Traveller Community.  The company works from a community development approach to promote equality, the prevention of discrimination and the protection of the human rights of members of the Traveller Community at a local (Galway city and county), regional and national level.

Equality and non-discrimination are fundamental principles of human rights and critical components of the right to health. Galway Traveller Movement work across the social determinants of health and are committed to achieving the right to health for all members of the Traveller Community.

About the Traveller Health Unit

The Traveller Health Unit in the Community Healthcare West was established as the Western Health Board Traveller Health Unit in 1996 to address the issues of access to and uptake of health services by members of the Traveller community with a view to addressing their poor health status and the health inequalities experienced by them.

The work of the Traveller Health Unit (THU) in the Community Healthcare West (THU CHW) is underpinned by the social determinants of health that are at the root of Traveller health inequalities. This approach enables a holistic approach to health and wellbeing in the region.

Member organisations of the THU which will also be involved in the research project including Co Roscommon Traveller Health Project, Mayo Traveller Support Group, Western Traveller & Intercultural Development (Tuam), and Galway Traveller Movement.

Background and context

It is well documented that members of the Traveller community face significant health inequalities compared to their settled peers. The Traveller community face higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mental health issues than the general population, with life expectancy some 11.5 years lower for Traveller women and 15 years lower for Traveller men than the settled population.

The Traveller community was impacted greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overcrowded accommodation, digital disadvantage, high level of underlying health conditions, and ongoing social exclusion meant that the community were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandem1ic. Levels of transmission in the third wave (end of November to mid-April) in Galway city and county alone saw 942 cases recorded.

Galway Traveller Movement and the Traveller Health Unit CHW are concerned about the long-term implications of COVID-19 on a community already greatly disadvantaged. The research conducted will assess and assist in future planning for implementing supports needed to right health inequalities experienced by the Traveller community.

The proposal

Galway Traveller Movement and the THU wishes to commission a competent and independent researcher / research team to conduct a comprehensive study to explore the impact and experiences of the Traveller community in Community Healthcare West during the covid-19 pandemic.

This research will be a collaborative project, with THU members and the researchers scoping out the full parameters of study and research design. THU and the Traveller Health Projects across the region would also be involved in the drafting of research material ensuring it is culturally appropriate, accessible, and meets the criteria for the study.

This research will include the following elements:

  • Mapping of relevant existing literature
  • Analysis of existing data sets
  • Identifying models of best practice for  the future

Assessment of applicants

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the challenges experienced by the Traveller community
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the social determinants of health
  • Experience in research and relevant methodologies
  • Knowledge and experience of working with community development organisations
  • Knowledge and experience of working with health services
  • Value for Money
  • Good Interpersonal skills to carry out 1:1 interviews/focus groups
  • Excellent report writing to prepare and draft a report and present same to the Traveller Health Unit in Community Healthcare West

Experience of qualitative methods working with marginalised communities and advantage.


A mixed methods approach is suggested for this project including consultation with Traveller Health Projects in Galway, Mayo, and Roscommon, interviews / focus groups with members of the Traveller community, and consultation with services within the THU / HSE.


The research should be completed by September 2022 with submission of the final report. Data collection should take place in 2022 with a final report due in the first quarter of 2023.


The tender is expected to cover all costs (consultants travel, questionnaire design and delivery, etc.), associated with conducting the research study.  All tenders must be submitted in Euros.  Unquantified costs will not be accepted.  It is expected that the tender will not exceed €20,000 in total.  Payment will only be made on project completion in accordance with the guidelines.  The costs should be inclusive of any VAT and associated costs.

Management of the process

The successful applicant will be required to enter into a contract with Galway Traveller Movement, with Galway Traveller Movement standard terms and conditions. This will include conditions such as:

  • Completion of the research within the timeframe specified.
  • Terms relation to intellectual property

Once the contract is agreed and signed, the successful applicant and Galway Traveller Movement will be required to adhere to all terms and conditions.

Format of tenders

To be considered for this work, please submit a Cover Letter and CV outlining:

  • Previous experience and examples of similar work. Include anything specifically relevant to this project.
  • Any ethical considerations and practices
  • Proposed timelines
  • Breakdown of cost

All applications must be submitted by Thursday 30th June to

For more information please contact Vivienne Ivers on 087 0517322

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
17th Jun, 2022
Galway City & County
Expiry Date
30th Jun, 2022