46% of the Somali Canadian community from Edmonton is under the age of 18.
The distribution of youth/kids from Edmonton is as follows:
0 -6 years (13.8%)
7-17 years 32.3%
18 -24 years 15.7%
25 to 44 years 26.7%
45-65 years 10.9%
66 years and over 0.6%
One of the support services our organization provides is direct settlement services to newcomers including:
- Assessment of new immigrant and recent arrived, information sessions, orientation in accessing government services and programs, translation, interpretation, legal, referrals, assist with filling of government forms, power of attorney, notary public, case management, counselling, employment, facilitation, advocacy and support in the area of housing, income maintenance, health, child care legal services, career, mental health, training, education, social services, foreign credential certification, health, and other services.
- Build capacity of families and individuals. This includes providing targeted workshops and seminars in Somali i.e. dealing with the school system, parenting skills, communications, conflict management, time management, financial management and provide support with housing problems.
- Community Based Counselling: For many clients, coming to our offices can be difficult. Sometimes, clients lack transportation or childcare. SCCSE provides community-based, culturally-sensitive counselling.
- Other settlement services we provide include translation and interpretation services, where the Somali language is translated to English and vice versa. This is the area where large number of recent arrivals come to our office and request these services.