Council of Somali Organizations

Council of Somali Organizations

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Campaigning
  • Children / families
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Financial inclusion
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Human rights
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Poverty relief
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Sports
  • Voluntary sector support
  • Women
  • Young people

Other details

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National - Britain


Council of Somali Organisation (CSO) Registered Charity (1154667) and a company limited by guarantee (07405401) Established since 2010, the Council of Somali Organisations (CSO) is the leading second-tier organisation catering for Somalis in the UK. We were set up by Somali community leaders and change agents, with the support of City Bridge Trust and Trust for London, to address the specific and varied needs of the Somali diaspora and organisations working with this much misunderstood community.


Our primary aims are to: improve the quality of services provided by member VCOs, through capacity building support, including via training and business surgeries; to provide a true picture of the diverse Somali community, its needs, aspirations and achievements, through publication of research; to influence policy so as to ensure the voice and interests of Somalis are represented, through campaign and policy work. We also provide leadership training to help address the deficit and to ensure Somalis take up places around decision-making tables, influence policy and laws.

Current opportunities

London (Central), N7 6LA

Our vision is to achieve cohesive, integrated and successful Somali communities in the United Kingdom (UK). To provide a strong, collective and...