The Talisman was established in Parktown Johannesburg, as a residential home for
persons diagnosed with mental illness. Initially established in 1979 as an organisation
offering custodial care, we expanded our services and changed to a rehabilitation
model that fostered independent living.
Due to the increase in demand for our services, In 2003 we moved to much bigger premises
in The Hill, in the south of Johannesburg, which allowed us to expand our service
offering even further. The programmes have since become more independence and empowerment
Our name shapes who we are, and how we do things.
A Talisman is an object, often a crystal or gemstone that enables a person to focus
and amplify his or her power. It is not a lucky rock. Its power lies in its ability
to aid a person in achieving their desired future.
We like to think of Talisman Foundation as a place that takes shattered lives and
cultivates greater possibilities by harnessing the person’s powers and personal cooperation.
We do this by providing a temporary home and rehabilitation support for those who