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Access to funds during the coronavirus crisis

  If you have leave to remain and currently have no recourse to public
funds, please apply to the Home Office now to remove the restriction in
light of the coronavirus pandemic. The Home Office has said it will
treat applications with sympathy and urgency. If you need assistance,
please speak to an immigration lawyer

This article examines why the Somali community is suffering more than others in the covid crisis:






















Consultations & Events

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Sasca’s offices are now closed due to coronavirus .

To contact us, please ring 0161 227 7966 or email

The Red Cross has produced guidance and support for the Smali community during the curent crisis, which can be viewed in different languages. Click the link below for  each language:





27 charities across the UK urge policymakers to consider the extreme impact of COVID-19 on Somali communities





















The Coronavirus pandemic is unleashing tragic consequences on communities across the world affecting families, communities and societies forever. BAME communities have been disproportionately affected. For the 350,000 – 500,000 British-Somali community members, the impact of Covid-19 has already been devastating. The disease has claimed British-Somali NHS workers, TFL staff, gig
economy workers, retail staff, musicians, and the elderly and vulnerable.

The charities have produced a policy report which sets out the main challenges the community is facing in relation to housing, health, income, education and
technology, culture, and community infrastructure. The briefing also features twenty-one recommendations for central and local government authorities,
urging them to respond to the key vulnerabilities of British-Somalis with urgent policy measures.

As the community prepares itself for the rigours of the holy month of Ramadan, they are faced with many sources of anxiety: closed masjids, reduced income, and the impossible pressure of supporting vulnerable family members. These anxieties will become almost unbearably heightened, and urgent support and
reassurance is called for to mitigate the stresses on the community.

Read the report here:

Our Vision

Supporting and building the capacity of the Somali community in Manchester are our aims. Thus, our vision is highlighted as follows:

1) Most of our members need support to attain high education, namely, children and young people

2) Improve mental and physical health and wellbeing, particularly elders.

3) Vigorous campaign toward integration with other communities based on respect and tolerance.

4) Improve financial and economic situation and provide necessary skills and training to increase opportunities toward employability

5) Our vision is that the Somali Community becomes members of the UK society who achieve good quality education namely children and young people and social inclusive within the UK’s multicultural society. Trustees, staff, volunteers and service users will work together to meet the vision and all will contribute to the wellbeing of SASCA to ensure its growth.

Mission statement

Our mission is helping the Somali community in Manchester and improving the quality of their lives, so they will be able to play a fully empowered and effective role by bringing people together and sharing knowledge.

Ethos and organisational values

  1. SASCA Aims to provide high quality services to our service-users.
  2. Provision of high community services that build a prosperous society.
  3. Based on equal opportunities policies we create a non-discrimination environment where the wider community are welcome and respected.
  4. Believing in value of transparency and accountability to service users. An elected management committee governs the charity by holding quaterly meetings and holding an annual general meeting to report its progress to the members and the general public.
  5. Create a socially cohesive environment to bring together communities.
  6. Improving and making a difference in our service by working in partnership with other service providers.
  7. Provide services to our service-users regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, race and culture

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