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The ‘Empowering Somali Mums’ research project explores and documents the challenges faced by Somali Mothers and their 0-4 year old children so that Early Parenting professionals can provide culturally respectful and appropriate care for Somali families. Somali mothers from North Melbourne and Flemington were recruited for research groups attended by 28 mums, 27 phone interviews with Somali health and welfare professionals were conducted and we held a Somali Health workers forum with ten senior community workers. We wanted to understand the challenges which prevent Somali mums from accessing parenting assistance and how we can understand parenting from a Somali mum’s perspective.
Tweddle staff are undergoing cross-cultural training and building knowledge and resources that will help strengthen relationships between the Somali community, and other migrant communities. Tweddle provide Halal food, have private prayer space and families can bring up to three children to Tweddle. Thanks to the Victorian Women’s Trust (Con Irwin Sub Fund) for providing the grant that enabled this learning.