Services & Projects
We help Somali families to develop in the UK. We run projects for children, young people and adults
Please follow this link to watch our film about our Somali Mother tongue class. The film shows children performing a Somali story called Ali Duluf. It shows the impact on children when they learn about their culture and heritage.
Please follow this link to hear an English language version of a traditional Somali folktale - The Golden Mouse. You can download our book of this story containing both Somali and English language versions below.
Healthy Eating Project
We wanted to learn about ways of improving diet and how to cook and grow healthy food. Please download our project book for recipes and advice.
Published Somali Storytelling Books
In our Somali classes, we learn to read and write in Somali; we learn about Somali culture. we tell and act out Somali stories. We tell Somali stories in Somali and English in schools and libraries. We produce books of Somali stories and cultural information
This book was created during a storytelling project that was run by Dalmar Heritage and Family Development in Enfield during 2010. We worked with parents and their children to tell stories and talk about Somali culture. We made this book to contribute to the hope among our parents that their children
would continue to speak and read Somali and remember the wealth of Somali folktales that is so important to Somali people everywhere.
This book could not have been produced without the help of many people. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the project. Please download our published Somali Storybooks
Grass Roots funded this project
Supplementary School and Storytelling Project
We run numeracy and literacy classes. We run Somali classes to teach Somali language and culture. Our classes are run by qualified teachers
and all our lessons are fun as well as educational.
In our Somali classes, we learn to read and write in Somali; we learn about Somali culture; we tell and act out Somali stories. We also invite other organisations to deliver workshops at our Supplementary School. The Storytelling project has been funded by the Trust for London.
Mothers and Daughters Project
The project funded by People's Health Trust and lasted for two years and provided a weekly session for mothers and daughters. Over the course of the project, we developed a space where mothers and daughters could meet together, make new friends and develop confidence through being an active member of a group.
The participants were responsible for all aspect of the project. They selected the activities, supported each other and developed a social network that continued outside the project.
The project challenged participants to learn and participate, and the results were very powerful for everybody who took part.
“Never in my life did I think I would learn so many things. Now when I am at home, I have things to do with my daughters instead of watching the TV.” (Project participant)
Active Parents was a course that we provided through funding from Awards for All.
The course enabled the parents who participated to learn new strategies and ideas about parenting.
They learned important facts about child emotional and cognitive development and used this information to help their children reach their full potential in a happy and loving home.
We studied a range of areas – how to understand children’s needs at different stages of development; how to communicate with children; how to handle conflict with children; how to keep children safe; understanding the UK education system
“This course made me a strong and confident mother and changed my family” (project participant)
We run sewing classes for Somali women to learn sewing skills. It has been funded by the London Borough of Enfield. The sewing classes help the women who take part to acquire a useful skill that leads to employment. We provide employment advice, work experience, help with CVs and employment training
Trips and Holidays
We go on trips to places of interest in London.
We want to find out more about the culture of the UK, and we do this by going on trips and holiday breaks with families. These trips enable parents to find out about the UK culture.
We have been to city farms, museums and parks. We have also been on a three day holiday to Degmo in Wales, which enabled us to learn about Somali nomadic culture.