On the 21st of November 2017, an idea was planted in the local community room. An idea to give a microphone to local residents, to amplify their voices and to champion their expert knowledge stemming through their lived experience. An idea of formulating and designing projects in collaboration with local residents that works for them in their reality.
WHAT WE DO
offers culturally sensitive embedded solutions both to individuals and organisations. We recognise that sometimes parties are unable to reach their desired outcomes due to the lack of something as subtle and crucial as cultural intelligence and competence. We aim to bridge that gap by implementing services designed to overcome possible challenges within the realm of a community strength-based model.Read more
ADVOCACY – Support services are available in Somali on a range of social matters such as housing, employment and rights. We endeavour to support any individual unable to access these services through the conventional channels.Read more
plays an integral role advocating for grassroots campaigns. Examples include challenging local policies around FGM guidelines and facilitating community conversations on new RSE curriculum changes. Organisations are also increasingly shaping their project with community participation as a foundation block, an activity that TALO community has helped deliver various organisations including; Bristol Women’s Voice, Barnardo’s and The Architecture Centre.Read more
THE ST PAUL’S GROUP OFFERING A VITAL LIFELINE FOR THOSE IN NEED. Each week during lockdown, a team of women are donning personal protective equipment and cooking soup in their kitchens to distribute to households in need. Hibo Mahamoud, the founder and manager of Talo who is coordinating the grassroots effort, says the aim is to ensure people who are trapped in their homes and struggling to get by have at least a nourishing hot meal provided for them while the measures are in place. But this is just one of the ways in which the group is reaching out and supporting residents in St Paul’s and beyond.
A 69-year-old woman from Montpelier who lives alone has been social distancing since the national lockdown began last month. She is one of a number of people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, who are choosing to stay indoors rather than venture out to get their provisions in a bid to avoid contracting the virus. The former teacher, who is now retired, said she has been feeling particularly isolated during the pandemic, having no children or grandchildren, but said she has friends who have been checking in on her regularly.