CLSS is a community organisation and registered charity based in the heart of Islington.
It was set-up by local people in 2005 to address a variety of social and economic problems that face people in Black and Minority Ethnic communities mainly from East Africa and other Arabic speaking countries. A large number of people from these communities are refugees and asylum seekers and are now residing In Islington and surrounding London boroughs and this has created a big gap in un-met needs especially from mainstream agencies.
We aim to assist them in accessing mainstream services as the language difficulties they encounter are a barrier to them accessing services and many of them face isolation, social exclusion and struggle to integrate into their communities. Our services facilitate our clients’ integration into British society, and also respect and preserve their various cultural identities.
We provide services such as: advice, information, advocacy, face to face or outreach visits to client’s home. We also assist with accessing health services, education and referrals to specialist agencies in law areas such as Immigration.
Many of our clients have had traumatic experiences of war and conflict in their respective countries of origin and as a result they are one of the most marginalised communities.
Our aim is to reduce poverty, isolation and social exclusion through providing a range of valuable services to help improve the quality of life for refugees, asylum seekers and others who are disadvantaged.