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The Ideal Culture Standard (TICS)

The Ideal Culture Standard (TICS) is a platform raising awareness  about  “cultural” and "silenced"issues causing significant harm to individuals from Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BME). TICS addresses topics such as forced marriages, radicalisation, bleaching, domestic violence, mental health, female genital mutilation, absent fathers, homosexuality within the BME community and many more. 

Such issues are addressed through short concise evidence based articles, personal and professional interviews, social media and forum dicussions with a long term goal of providing training for local communities.  

The purpose of the platform is to educate and encourage the BME community to talk about some of these "cultural" and "silenced" topics which in turn should raise awareness amongst the public as well as professionals working with families from ethnic backgrounds. The platform also provides advice for the public/victims about support available and where to seek for support if required.


Social Media Accounts 

  • Snapchat:
  • Instagram: tics_insta

Who to contact

Contact Name
James and Pamela Simwanza
Contact Position
Founders of The Ideal Culture Standard
07514 922650

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Opening Hours: Saturdays 9:00 – 12:00 Sundays 17:00 – 20:00 (Website can be accessed: 24/7)
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