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My experience of STOs from my time as a councillor in Lewisham suggests that while some level of reform would be useful we need to be careful that we don't throw out the baby with the bath water.

STOs and umbrella organisations provide a useful strategic resource for councils and for the local voluntary and community sector, creating capacity that would be hard to justify at the first tier.

Just being able to, or organise for someone from the sector to, attend meetings and provide a conduit to a wider understanding of the needs and aspirations of the local scene is good for both sides.

I guess there will continue to be questions about accountability and the nature of the engagement, but I'd suggest tweaking rather than sucking the money out of the STOs.

I'd agree with Andrew largely. As I pointed out in my comments on this, there were some interesting comments about how large and small STOs get funding, but medium ones suffer; about how small organisations feel that larger agencies/funders decide what they "need"; and that credible and skilled support is hugely valued.

So there are some important points about representation, credibility of support, the black hole of medium-sized organisations etc. Not just the tabloid "cut them back" as it seems to have been reported...

[disclaimer: SSE is funded by City P, and featured in the report as an example of good practice]

we are Abudwak based organisation dealing with dramatic and sensitive issues working with/for our community, our main objective and main priority is to work together and bring development and progress in the near future, also take action on fundamental issues like Education, diseases, sanitation, wars, health, sport, vital and victuals, and lay down a good foundation and be role model for our young generations for first and foremost thru education because we know ecucation is the light of the life and also campaign against the danger of the common diseases like Malaria, T.B, hepatitis,diarrohea and cholera etc,
and rise up on the sanitation issue to clean up the litter and rubbish on the streets and of course health is essential and big factor in every society,we have got doctors and nurses who are campaining with us to get and sustain good conditions but we are worried for the new born babies and their safety because public hospitals are not fuctioning bear in mind that civil infrastracture are down,
and medicine are short available only in the drugstore for business, we need medicine as mach as food and water and we need to re_equip our old hospitals and open new schools labrotories but we don't have the facilities and we can t afford it either,
we need hospital equipments, school materials,
and sport facilities because sport is vital to both
youngs and grown ups, (if they willing to do it anyway)
more over our youths are so busy in the afternoons playing football on the grounds till sunsets and i m sure they will continued if they had floodlights, i mean they are so interest in football , football in the morning, football in the midday, footbal in the afternoon footbal every time.
so please would you be kind and help us to support our community to start fresh life and
to breathe free, we need your help.
contact us at"

A A ducaale center
Ubah borough
Abudwak, somalia
252 cw2
tel-or 252=1-687408\
mobile- 002521+655685

Regards: Gal Civil Society Group


Thanks Ahmed - what ways have you looked at for people in other countries to help?

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