About us

Somali Development Services background

Somali Development Services (SDS) was established in Leicester in 2001 and incorporated in 2004 to support the growing Somali community and other new arrivals to ensure that, people were able to participate in the city’s economic, social and community life.


We have a vision where new arrivals are respected, healthy, have choices and equal opportunities.


SDS was established to safeguard the well-being and human rights of Somali people and other new arrivals in Leicester city through education, advocacy, Information Advice and Guidance, 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 the 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 meeting the development needs of the community by being:

  • Responsible
  • Effective
  • Responsive
  • Achievement oriented
  • Collaborative
  • Respectable and respecting others
  • Behaving with integrity
  • Accessible
  • Inclusive approach
  • Honest and open

SDS provides the following key services to the community:

  • Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)
  • Family Support
  • Employment and Training
  • Adult Learning Service
  • Youth Support
  • Early Years Services (Rahma Childcare)
  • Cultural Training
  • Interpretation and Translation

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