Welcome to Tower Hamlets Somali Organisations Network (THSON)
Mustafa Ibrahim – Chief Officer about his vision for the future:
“THSON has consistently been led by a vibrant vision for the Tower Hamlets Somali organisations and we in the charitable sector have especially appreciated the emphasis on inclusive democracy, community development, under-represented Somali communities and the education as components of that vision. A key part of this vision is ensuring that marginalised communities have the “locally grown” organisations they need to participate fully in the future of the Tower Hamlets area. Our vision is of empowered and strong Somali voluntary sector that plays a full role in the development of Tower Hamlets and the Somali heritage communities”.
Tower Hamlets Somali Organisations Network (THSON) provides guidance, co-ordination, representation and development support to the Somali voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector across Tower Hamlets and has been the main umbrella organisation for the Somali community. Our core work supports collaboration through partnership meetings; shared learning through events; training and funding advice; volunteer support and resources, particularly to organisations that work within our most deprived communities. We help organisations that support people and their communities in these target areas that are likely to experience other barriers, directly or indirectly.
We have a track record of developing the skills of our members to build organisational and community capacity and create engagement and inclusivity. We work collaboratively across the public, private, charity and higher education sector, with the aim of creating and developing opportunities for the benefit of our members and individuals looking to volunteer. We campaign for small and large charitable organisations alike; working with commissioners and funders, so that positive outcomes can be achieved in our communities which remain deprived and under-served.
Our aim is promote, develop and support, through partnership, a dynamic and diverse Somali voluntary and community sector”.