We provide support and services for range of nationalities from the Black and ethnic Minority including asylum seekers, refugees and new arrivals (BME) in Leicester. The Somali Community Parents Association (SOCOPA) was established in May 2005 to help parents and children settle well in Leicester. This was done by facilitating and supporting parents and local schools to understand each other through SOCOPA interpreters.  We started by organising events in schools to allow parents to interact with their children’s school teachers and understand the UK school systems.

In March 2006 SOCOPA managed to obtain an office at Quba Community Centre in Leicester with the help of a small grantfromVoluntary Action Leicester.  In February 2009 SOCOPA was registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and has expanded its capacity from being run and managed on voluntary basis to having dedicated paid staff. This was done by attracting funds and managing resources and volunteersefficiently and transparently.

This quality of the organisation has enabled us to get the trust and the confidence of our service users and funders.  In 2012 the Charity Commission has published that an Existing charity can convert to become Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). Since then the and disadvantage by engaging the members of the Charity and staff and the Volunteers and obtaining advice and support. The Trustees of SOCOPA and members have   decided to become Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) on  June 2013.