Midaye Somali Development Network
The group of mothers along with the rest of the Somali community quickly realised that their community was really struggling to access mainstream services such as education, NHS, Social Services, Housing and Social Security. In response, the group was transformed in November 2002 into the Midaye Somali Development Network to advocate on behalf of the community across a broader spectrum of needs.
Today, Midaye works to help all ethnic minority communities in its area of operation and runs a diverse range of community-led projects and activities, with a particular emphasis on the most isolated and multiple-disadvantaged. The charity has a multi-lingual staff and volunteer cohort that support people of all ages and backgrounds. We are committed to building connections and partnerships with other communities and mainstream services for the benefit of all.
Our aim is to improve the quality of life for isolated and marginalised Somali refugees and other ethnic minorities who face a multiplicity of disadvantages, covering all age groups and sexes, ensuring people are given equal rights to education, health and well-being, living conditions, legal justice, recreational and adequate economic advancement.
Our services are currently focused in three London boroughs: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the City of Westminster. However, some of our clients come from outside of these boundaries, particularly from Brent and Ealing, and we have also done some work in Bristol and Birmingham on previous occasions.
Midaye provides targeted, multi-lingual services and projects to minority ethnic communities in London. We work hard to respond to abuses, improve the quality of education, the economic status, and the health and well-being of people within these communities.
Our services are diverse and are designed to provide wrap-around support for individuals as far as it is possible. They include:
- Grenfell support programme
- Outreach and befriending services
- Multilingual support, advocacy and information service
- Supplementary schools for local children in both Ladbroke Grove and White City
- Women’s community forum
- Women’s peer support groups in White City and Ladbroke Grove
- FGM support service in three London clinics: St. Mary’s Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and St. Charles Hospital.
- Personal coaching and mentoring for those struggling with their emotional and mental health.
- Health and education workshops
- Exercise classes for women
- Diabetes mentoring
- Support for Carers
- Employment support
- English communication classes
- Sewing, IT, volunteer and driving theory classes
- Bengali women’s group
- Nubian women’s group
Additionally, the eradication of harmful practices and issues that affect the welfare of women and children are areas that have taken on greater significance. Consequently, over the past year based on user feedback we have developed new services to target families with higher needs and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) focused programmes.
Midaye’s role in the consortium
Our role in the Consortium is to inform other organisation of the needs our communities face as a specialised FGM charity. We aim to put forward the voices of our community within the Consortium, to exchange knowledge and learning between us and other organisations and to provide a different perspective of VAWG, which our communities faces.