SOCOPA is rooted in the community it serves. Our offices are in St Matthew’s in Leicester and many of our programmes serve the community there as well as attracting people from across the city. Originally we were established as a charity and then became a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) in 2013. We are run by a Board of Trustees and led by the CEO Abdikayf Farah and 5 project staff. Our charitable registration number is 1152565.
The charities aim is to fulfil the needs of the people primarily from Somalia now living in the UK, particularly Leicester, Leicestershire and people living in Somalia, in particular but not exclusively by: The advancement of education through services such as supplementary schools. The relief of financial need, unemployment and sickness through support and advice we provide advice and assistance to families to improve their living standards.
Our activities include:-
- Saturday supplementary classes for children and young people age -16 years at St. Matthews Centre
- Youth leisure activities in partnership with the Youth Service
- Organise training and short courses to help women to access child home care and child-minding jobs
- ESOL courses in partnership with Volunteer Bank Charity
- CV writing and Interview techniques support
- Information and Benefits and welfare advice
- We provide drop in sessions and bilingual support for new arrivals and elderly people to answer official letters, form filling, and advocacy by representing them in court cases and advising them on budgeting
- Employment and job placement for both adults and young people
- Swimming for women and football for men funded by Sport England
- Leicester Young Ecology Project in partnership with Canal and River Trust, Cardiff University and Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre; exploring local waterways and learning about the environment and local wildlife, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund