We are Romano Lav, a
community-based organisation and registered charity working in Govanhill, Glasgow with the local migrant Roma communities. Romano Lav comes from the Romanes language, meaning ‘Roma Voice’.
Our organisation is steered and shaped by the voices of the Roma communities we work with; and in particular the voices of Roma youth. Our staff and sessional workers work together to support and empower our local communities, with Roma youth-led decisions at the heart of everything we do.
Our Roma young people are the leaders of our organization, and work within their communities through streetwork to achieve a number of outcomes, such as identifying real-time needs and concerns that the communities may have. This grassroots approach to our work is also present in how we organise. All our decisions are made horizontally and where we work through an ethos of equality and mutual respect and shared responsibility, which working relationships between staff and sessional workers are founded on and which filters through streetwork, with the wider communities they represent.