What Do We Do?
First Step Action is a vital and active part of the community and we have grown deep roots within Camden, but we are constantly listening to the wants and needs of those most vulnerable. Most of our events, services, and projects are the result of an honest and natural conversation with our community. We at First step Action try our best to communicate effectively with our user group to identify possible issues and the appropriate solutions. We also use a range of methods to ask the Somali community what their wants and needs are so that we can tailor our services. Through the use of social media, we can communicate directly and reach a large number of people to provide a range of opinions. We also have an open discussion about how we can improve the services we provide. A lot of concerns were raised by Somali parents regarding behavioural issues amongst their children.
Recent studies have shown that behavioural issues such as truancy have resulted in the low levels of educational achievement amongst Somali children. Complex identity issues can be the cause of these behavioural problems. Often amongst Somali children, we can see a lack of belonging to either British or Somali culture. To combat this problem, we designed a parenting course which discussed different disciplinary techniques and a reward system to encourage good behaviour both at school and at home. This intensive course allows Somali parents to grow and develop healthy and meaningful relationships.
This strengthens family dynamics and creates stable homes to give their children the best start in life. Our parental course also combats intergenerational conflict due to cultural differences between Somali parents and children born in the UK. This clash between generations often creates a rift within family dynamics which we try and repair through fun family-friendly activities.