Vision: We have a vision where new arrivals are respected, empowered, have choices and equal opportunities.

Mission: SDS was established to safeguard the well-being and human dignity of Somali people and other new arrivals in Leicester city through researches, education, advocacy, information, empowerment and support.


  1. SDS’s values provide a framework within which it operates. SDS is a democratic organisation with a flat hierarchy that encourages participation from all its members.
  2. SDS is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit organisation*. It is free from discrimination on any basis.
  3. The organisation is committed to understanding and to be responsive to the specific needs of the community by being:
  • Responsible
  • Effective
  • Responsive
  • Achievement & outcome oriented
  • Collaborative
  • Respectable and respecting others
  • Behaving with integrity
  • Accessible
  • Inclusive
  • Honest and open

Overall aims of SDS:

  1. Improve quality of life of Somali community and other local disadvantaged people by providing culturally sensitive services and support social cohesion.
  2. Achieve economic and social inclusion for disadvantaged people.