The project was established in January 2004, a time when a play project for Somali young people was needed in the Stepney Green area. A group of Somali intellectuals, community workers, and elders realized the need to establish a community centre to serve the increasing young Somali population in tower hamlets. The founders put their resources together and started offering basic services as part time volunteers; such services were an after school club to deliver play activities for children and support and advice for parents who were disadvantaged due to language barrier. Later it was incorporated in 2006 as registered charity. So far SPCPA have delivered more than 20 projects and employed about 15 youth/play workers.
Our vision is to equip all Somali children and their families to integrate in the UK and wider community through providing play activities enhancing parents-children relationship.
Our aims are:
- To help Somali young people gain access to play activities and information,
- To create culturally suitable play activity,
- To offer support in group discussion, and confidence building activities,
- To run activities which specifically promote social cohesion and cross cultural understanding,
- To support parents in becoming positive role models for their children and to increase their understanding of the parental role,
- To work with parent and children to improve and develop their life.
Our objectives are:
- Improve the quality of play opportunities for Somali young people,
- Create space where young children develop their potential,
- Promote social cohesion among children in Tower Hamlets,
- Encourage Somali children to make their own decisions,
- Give Somali children the opportunity to take part in active play and test their abilities,
- Promote inclusive play and cultural diversity