Young Somalis in London gain a voice

Young Somalis from across London had their voices heard at the launch of the London Somali Youth Forum, held at City Hall on Thursday 22 January.

The forum was an opportunity for representatives from London boroughs to discuss issues affecting young Somalis, and share examples of projects that have helped tackle problems in the community.

The event was organised by the Camden based Somali Youth and Development Resource Centre (SYDRC), which provides training, advice, support and activities for young Somalis and their families.

Camden has one of London’s largest Somali populations, with well over 1,000 young people in Camden coming from Somali speaking households. The Leader of Camden Council, Cllr Keith Moffitt, spoke at the event.

Cllr Moffitt said:

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to speak at the forum, and discuss the work we have done in Camden with the Somali community. This event was an excellent way for representatives from across London to get together and share knowledge. In Camden I am pleased to say that the level of school attendance among pupils of Somali origin has improved, and we are working on a strategy to encourage more of the Somali community to learn English. By listening to and encouraging our young people, we hope to offer them greater opportunities for success."

Other speakers included the Deputy Mayor of London, Richard Barnes; Tony McNulty, Employment Minister and Minister for London; and Acting Deputy Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Tim Godwin.

There were also speeches from SYDRC Coordinator Ibrahim Isse; Fahad Mohammed, London Somali Youth Forum preparatory committee chairman; and leading Somali academics from University College London.


Notes to Editors:

The Somali Youth Development Resource Centre (SYDRC) was established in September 2000 with participation from Camden Council, police, the voluntary sector and Somali community groups.

SYDRC provides advice, information and activities for young Somali people with the objective of preventing under-achievement, exclusion, and involvement in drugs and crime.

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