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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 purpose and the charitable objects are:

This organisation is established provide and deliver for any charitable purpose for people from Somalia living in the UK and people living in Somalia (East Africa).

a) The advancement of education, by providing community education, homework clubs and out of schools education, community awareness raising, life essential training and ESOL classes.

b) The prevention or relief of poverty, people living in the UK and Somalia by providing practical support, services and facilities. We provide advice and assistance to families and their children to improve their living conditions.

c) The provision of facilities for recreation or leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life.


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The Somali Community Parents Association (SOCOPA) was set up in 2005 with the aim of helping Somali refugees and migrants in Leicester understand and access key services including health, education and housing. We act as a focal point for the community, offering practical support and leadership to improve people’s lives.

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