Somali Bravanese Association in London

The Somali Bravanese Association in London (SBAIL), established in 2006, provides a range of practical and support services to the Somali community and other minority groups living in the borough of Haringey.  These include additional school classes to improve literacy, Sport Projects, an Elderly Social Club and Drop-in Advice Support.

The Foundation awarded a grant of £5,000 in May 2013, towards the costs of refurbishing a community centre where the support services and activities take place.  The funding covered the costs of refurbishing the washroom facilities and kitchen areas; the installation of a new boiler and purchase of computer tables. 

The centre now attracts many more users and SBAIL report that some of the most isolated members of the Somali community are now engaging in mainstream services as a result.  In particular, SBAIL have been able to increase the level of social interaction for Somali women, who were able to build relationships with staff and seek support for their needs.   They have also been able to support people back into work and education, as well as improving literacy and numeracy for young people attending the additional school sessions.

Photo: Somali Bravenese Association in London