Who are we?

The Somali Integration & Development Association (SIDA) is a voluntary association (Registered Charity) founded in 1989 to serve the needs of the local Somali community. SIDA was formally established on 30th October 1999 when a constitution was adopted.


In 2009, SIDA merged with 2 other Somali community originations – Aylesbury Somali Women’s Health Project and Southwark Somali Women’s Group which increased capacity to serve the community (Specifically, to focus upon Somali women) and also brought 2 part time staff to our team.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help the Somali Community, improve the quality of their lives and enable them to play a fully empowered and effective role in wider society by bringing people together, sharing knowledge and co-ordinating activity and opinion.