Oral Health - Roma Community

Last Thursday together with our partners, Picton Children Centre, Age Concern Liverpool and Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust we organise the second workshop about eating health and to keep your teeth clean. We start the workshop with questions from last workshop to see what they learned. The children remember the key messages that we want for them to remember and share with all the community. The storytelling was a good opportunity to involve them to see how a child need to have a healthy life style.

The yogurt taster session was really well received. They all left with a smile on their face with their toothpaste and toothbrush.

See below how this project was possible.

Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust & Granby Toxteth Development Trust

“ Following reports from the Liverpool City Council that there had been a poor uptake for baby immunisations, it had also been noted that there were indications of poor dental health within the Roma community on and around Cullen St. In order to establish need, Liverpool’s Dental Health Promotion Commissioner requested a review into the oral health status of the community.

The first port of call was to meet with the Granby Toxteth Development Trust (GTDT) who provided much valuable information and advice on current wider health issues and strategies on how to approach and address health inequalities within the Roma community.

Following subsequent meetings with staff at the local children centre, school and dental practice, it soon became evident that many individuals in particular the children, are experiencing dental disease and discomfort. A steering group was soon established in order to explore a possible intervention.

The group have met on several occasions with discussions culminating in an action plan to provide dental health education and promote the importance of visiting the dentist.

Several dental health intervention workshops have taken place within the heart of the community in Cullen Street and the partnership working has proved to be invaluable. Both Julie and Alexandra from the GT D Trust have been instrumental in providing a platform for the development of this community project. The momentum for oral health improvement continues to drive the processes needed to reduce oral health inequalities for this most vulnerable community group within the city of Liverpool.

I look forward to continuing the partnership working between Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust and Granby Toxteth Development Trust and envisage positive community outcomes for the future. “

Helen Reynolds
Senior Dental Health Promotion Officer
Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust

Thank again for our partners that make possible this 2 workshop for the 50 Roma children.