SUPPORTING SOMALI MEN AND YOUNG ADULTS
- Healthy Living Activities
- Fitness exercises in partnership with the NHS
- Football activities in partnership with local coaches and men groups.
- Functional Skills English, (Maths and IT classes)
- Advice and advocacy, referrals and sign posting
Who we help
Somali Independence Week:
Somaliland 18 May and 26 June; Djibouti 27 June: Somalia 1 July.
Ethiopian and Kenyan Somalis are also welcome to enjoy these events with their Somali brothers and sisters or with their own Ethiopian and Kenyan communities
Eid-ul-Fitri: Takes place at the End of the Month Of Ramadan every year.
Eid-ul-Adha: occurs on the 10th of the 12th Month of the Islamic Lunar year.
Our “Back to Work” program is a joint venture between SIDA, the Job centre and numerous local employers and other agencies. We offer help on the following:
● CV Preparation
● Job search skills
● Interview techniques
We also hold regular business and social networking events, community meetings and SIDA group meetings.
SIDA invites all men to join our group and take up membership. We meet regularly to discuss and hold advisory workshops on many very relevant key topics including:
● Self employment
● Volunteering and citizenship
● Crime prevention
● Safeguarding children
● Immigration Matters
Housing and Finance Advice
Compared to other communities, Somali families are relatively large, having an average of 5 children per family, many of the communities’ families are led by lone female parents. We provide advocacy and advice on all housing matters such as repairs, re-housing, homelessness, private tenancy, home swap, anti social behaviour and other housing related matters.
Although everyone in the UK is struggling financially, Somali families often struggle more than others because of the larger family sizes and the added pressure of sending money home to friends and family back in Somalia. SIDA offer advice and guidance on key financial matters to help make ends meet including family budgeting, explaining rights to welfare payments rights and debt management.
Saturdays: Football and recreational activities for children of SIDA community school takes place at local play grounds-school term only and parents are very welcome.
Sunday football: Damilola Taylor at 1-5pm for the age group of 8-15 years old. Tuesdays: Youth Football in Burgess Park for age group of 16-24.
24+ age group football games: Burgess park, every Friday 8-10pm.
Healthy Living Seminars:
Health education is essential but can be a sensitive issue so we organise seminars run by Somali speaking professionals that work in conjunction with the NHS, local GPs and other health professionals.
Starting a new family
SIDA helps young men seeking advice on the complexities and responsibilities of marriage and how to prepare themselves for all the pressures of being a husband and father. We offer advice and support on the very stressful period during pregnancy and offer prenatal awareness and support.
Family Conflict Resolution and Mediation
The pressures of modern life can put a huge strain on family. SIDA works with men on how best to resolve troublesome issues such as child bullying, violence, racism, anti-social behaviour and internal family conflict.
Many adult members of the Somali communities have barriers in language and often lack some primary skills for life, due to their backgrounds in which they may not have had a full (or any) formal education in the past.
● Spoken English
● Written English
● Numeracy skills
● ICT Introduction
● Personal development
SIDA understands the pressures on Somali men living in London and are aware that this brings about some specific special issues and challenges men face. We offer advice guidance in areas such as
● Khat awareness
● Drug awareness
● Referrals & Signposting
● ASB and Domestic Violence