Small Heath Somali Community Organisation is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Our Charity is committed to improving the life chances of people who have come to live in Birmingham from the Horn of Africa, particularly from Somaliland, Somalia and Ethiopia and other members of the public. These people include citizens but not limited to other European Community Countries, refugees and asylum seekers, but children been born in Britain to Somali parents and acquired British citizenship.
At the heart of our operation is a provision of free impartial, confidential and bilingual information, advice and guidance service which helps not only members of the Somali community but other members of the public with a very wide range of issues from disputes with landlords to making hospital appointments, translation and interpreting, ESOL, Housing, CV writing, completion of employment form and contacting the relevant local service provider for assistance.
We operate from a community centre that is in the catchment of the Somali community in Small Heath. The centre has equipped computer rooms and a large general training / meeting room for provision of activities. Our facilities and bespoke activities have become very popular with local Somali residents and other members of the public. We offer qualifications in Information Technology through UK online courses. We are particularly interested and keen in developing the Somali community by providing them with free education, training and personal development as well as developing their capabilities and skills. Only a minority of the Somali community in Birmingham speak English confidently and with a degree of fluency. Therefore, teaching ESOL and communication in English language is a very high priority for us.
Our centre also provides free after school activities for children and young people which helps not only to build their self confidence and self esteem with their homework but offers a wide range of recreational activities including outdoor and indoor activities at the weekends and during school holidays.
The charity’s objects are as follows:
1) The relief of in particular but not exclusively people of Somali descent in Small Heath, Birmingham, its surrounding areas and in Somalia including refugees and asylum seekers, who are in conditions of poverty, hardship and distress in particular by providing advice, information, representation, translation, and interpretation services in matters such as asylum and immigration, welfare benefits, housing, health education, training and employment.
(2) The promotion of social inclusion for the public benefit amongst the said beneficiaries who are socially excluded by providing education and training to build capacity to relieve the needs of those people and assist them to integrate into society.
(3) To develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged community in Small Heath, its surrounding areas and Somalia in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet their needs to participate more fully in society.