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Learning about Birmingham’s Somali community with SIFA Fireside and the Somali Development Group
The Somali community in the UK, and in Birmingham, is large and growing with numbers estimated to be between 43,000 to 250,000. It is also a vulnerable group with many having recently arrived in the UK fleeing the turbulent political situation or the recent humanitarian crisis. Many Somalis are refugees or are claiming asylum in the UK and, as Charityzine has already reported, this can mean exclusion from mainstream assistance in times of need.
Others may be more established – there has been a Somali community in the UK for over one hundred years.
Training then for Birmingham’s charitable sector and others on how to make the best of their interactions with Somalis is welcome.
The course, costing £120 per person, aims to give participants an understanding of general Somali culture and of the Somali Diaspora. This includes discussing how Somali’s come to the UK, how they are settling in, issues that they face, reasons for high unemployment, the gaps between youths and their parents, the history of the country and more.
SIFA Fireside is a Birminghamcharity that works alongside those who are socially excluded or disadvantaged, addressing alcohol issues and homelessness and empowering and supporting people to meet their short and long term goals.
The Somali Development Group is a Bristol based organisation that supports young Somali’s aged 12-19.