Our Work & Services

At Bristol Somali Forum, we are dedicated to working directly with Somali organisations and the wider Somali community in Bristol and its surrounding areas.

Our mission is to empower and support this vibrant community in various ways, creating a stronger, more inclusive society for all. Here’s a glimpse into what we do:

Bringing the Community Together:
We provide a platform where members of the Somali community can come together to discuss issues and concerns that matter most to them.

By fostering open and meaningful dialogues, we aim to strengthen the bonds within our community and create a space for sharing valuable information.

Empowering Through Signposting:
Whether you’re just starting or in need of guidance, we’re here to empower you. Our team offers signposting services to connect individuals with the support they require, ensuring that no one in our community is left without the help they need.

Collaborating for a Better Tomorrow:
We understand the importance of collaboration. That’s why we actively partner with other organisations to enhance the living conditions of our community.

By working together, we can achieve greater impact and drive positive change.

Education and Support for Success:
“Education serves as the cornerstone of achievement.

Our mission is to facilitate access to education and information, fostering the growth and well-being of the Somali community and their children, with a particular focus on promoting social inclusion.

We firmly believe that knowledge is the catalyst for empowerment, benefiting both individuals and entire communities.

Additionally, we actively collaborate with schools to establish constructive connections within our community.

Our efforts are dedicated to assisting schools in surmounting challenges and barriers, which could range from enhancing parental involvement to providing mentorship for students of Somali heritage.”

Promoting Awareness, Fostering Transformation:
Our dedication lies in promoting greater public awareness of the challenges confronting the Somali community, which encompass issues like mental health, substance abuse, knife-related crimes, prevalent health concerns (such as diabetes), and the exclusion of students from schools.

Our ultimate goal is to shine a spotlight on these pressing matters, initiating meaningful dialogues and championing the pursuit of enduring solutions.

Representation on Various Platforms:
We take pride in representing the Somali community across multiple platforms, including: We actively engage in local and regional activities, advocating for critical matters that impact our community such rising cost of living, food poverty, healthcare, employment, and educational underachievement.

Our collaborative efforts extend to partnering with community organisations to address these issues effectively.

Promoting Interfaith Peace and Mutual Understanding:
Collaborating with a diverse range of organisations, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in events like the annual Grand Iftar is a praiseworthy endeavour that promotes religious harmony and understanding in Bristol.

The inclusion of non-Muslims in these celebrations fosters inclusivity, offers educational insights into Islamic traditions, encourages community building, and provides a platform for interfaith dialogue.

By celebrating diversity and building trust through such collaborative efforts, you contribute to peaceful coexistence, showcase the city’s cultural richness, and create a more inclusive and united community where people of all backgrounds can thrive together, while also paving the way for valuable partnerships and networking opportunities.

Celebrating Culture and Heritage:
One of our proudest achievements is being the driving force behind the annual Bristol Somali Festival and Culture. This vibrant and diverse celebration allows us to showcase the rich heritage, traditions, and talents of the Somali community. It’s an opportunity for everyone to come together, learn, appreciate, and embrace the beauty of Somali culture.

At Bristol Somali Forum, our commitment to the Somali community in Bristol and its surroundings goes beyond the ordinary. We believe in creating a holistic environment where individuals can not only overcome challenges but also thrive and celebrate their unique identity. Join us in our journey of empowerment, education, and cultural enrichment. Together, we can build a brighter future for all.

“Ensuring Access to Vital Information: Our Bilingual Material Creation”
Revised Statement: Our organization is dedicated to crafting bilingual resources, encompassing pamphlets and visual aids, with the aim of ensuring that our community members can readily access the crucial information they need.

List of Somali Organisations, Businesses and other places of interest
● Barton Hill Activity Club
● Bristol Somali Youth Voice
● Bristol Horn Youth Concern
● Somali Resource Centre
● Somali Elders Group
● Ayeeyo & Awoowe

● HADHSO (Somali Leterature & Poetry)

● Hiddo Media Group


● Masjid Tawfiq Bristol

● Albaseera Bristol Masjid

● Masjid Ibn Seereen

● Masjid Al-Huda
60 Fox Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 0YB


● Impact of COVID-19 on Somali Community in Bristol (BSYV-BSF, 2019)

● The impact of the increasing cost of living on the minority ethnic community in Bristol”

● Survey in relation to the mental health crisis in the Bristol Somali community

● Last week of October we will be having a full weekend of Somali Fetival & Culture which is part of our Black History Month Celebrations. We are doing this in partnership with Barton Hill Activity Club, Bristol Somali Youth Voice, Bristol Horn Youth Concern, Hiddo Media Group and other Somali-led organisations.

● 27 October 2023 – The Launch of Bristol Somali Festival 2023
The **Launch of Bristol Somali Festival 2023** is an exciting event that you don’t want to miss! Join us on **Friday, October 27, 2023** at **Redding Road, Easton, BS5 6FW** for an evening filled with vibrant Somali culture, delicious food, and engaging activities.

Come and immerse yourself in the rich traditions of the Somali community in Bristol. From traditional dances and music performances to art exhibitions and storytelling, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. This event is a celebration of Somali heritage and a chance to connect with the local Somali community.

Get ready to indulge in mouthwatering Somali cuisine, with a variety of dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. From aromatic rice and flavorful stews to delectable pastries, our food vendors will offer an authentic culinary experience.

Explore the marketplace showcasing a range of unique Somali products, including traditional clothing, handmade crafts, and exquisite jewellery. Discover the beauty and craftsmanship of Somali art, and maybe even find a special souvenir to take home.

Whether you’re a Somali resident, a Bristol local, or simply curious about different cultures, the Launch of Bristol Somali Festival 2023 promises to be a memorable event. Mark your calendars and join us for an evening of celebration, connection, and community!


Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to celebrate diversity, heritage, and community unity. Please RSVP to secure your spot at this remarkable even by clicking following eventbrite’s

link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/721314610417?aff=oddtdtcreator

For More Information:

For inquiries or further details, contact Abdulkadir Sheikhusein (Abdul Ahmed), our dedicated Project Manager, at somaliforumbristol@gmail.com or by phone at 0789 813 4011.
● 28 October 2023 – Day 2 of the Bristol Somali Festival 2023: Fun, Entertainment.

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023

Time: 14:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Venue: Mirage Bristol, Unit 5, Knitwear House, Redding Road, Bristol, BS5 6FW

About the Event:

The second day of the Bristol Somali Festival 2023 promises a day of excitement, entertainment, and cultural immersion for everyone.

This event is open to people of all ages, both Somalis and non-Somalis, and offers a diverse range of activities to cater to different interests.

Activities and Highlights:

Cultural Exhibits: Explore the rich tapestry of Somali culture with captivating artifacts and displays that showcase Somali life, traditions, and attire.

Live Entertainment: Enjoy music and folklore dance performances that bring the vibrant spirit of Somalia to life. Marduuf, a talented artist from Somalia, will mesmerize the audience with his Oud (Somali traditional guitar) and soulful singing.

Salah Bongo and Nimao Yasin will also grace the stage with their captivating performances.
Children’s Fun Zone: From 11 am to 5 pm, children of all ages can partake in a variety of fun activities and games. Bristol-born children will have the chance to experience Somali children’s play and games, fostering cultural exchange and understanding.

Somalotoons: Experience the magic of Somalotoons, creators of high-quality children’s programs designed to preserve the Somali language and culture for young ones in the diaspora.

Their entertaining and educational content is beloved by Somali expat communities worldwide.

Adult Entertainment: After 5 pm, the entertainment continues with activities tailored for teenagers and adults, including music, dance,cultural experiences, plays, and book fair.

Note: This event is designed to be inclusive, offering something for everyone, whether you’re a child eager for fun, a teenager looking for entertainment, or an adult seeking cultural enrichment.

Join us for a day filled with joy, laughter, and cultural exploration. Let’s come together as a community to celebrate our heritage while embracing diversity and unity.

Stay Tuned: Detailed program schedules for the day will be provided closer to the event date. We can’t wait to share this incredible day with you!


Reserve your spot now for a day filled with cultural enrichment and fun for all ages by clicking below link:


For More Information:

For inquiries or further details, contact Abdulkadir Sheikhusein (Abdul Ahmed), our dedicated Project Manager, at somaliforumbristol@gmail.com or by phone at 0789 813 4011.

We look forward to sharing this extraordinary day with you!