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The African Community In Surrey and Sussex (ACISS) is proud to announce the appointment of new community engagement officers: Mary Sedomo Hunpe, Aisha Balogun, Ugochi Okoro, Segun Dada, and Bimbo Owoeye. These new leaders will play a pivotal role in advancing the organization’s mission to educate, inform, connect, and equip African immigrants and people of African descent in the region.

Since its inception in 2021, ACISS has been dedicated to fostering a thriving, inclusive community where African immigrants can feel a strong sense of belonging and access the resources they need for success. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, ACISS addresses the unique challenges faced by this vibrant community, promoting cultural understanding and integration, economic empowerment, community building, health and wellness, and legal support.

Cultural Awareness and Integration Workshops

One of the cornerstones of ACISS’s operations is the cultural awareness and integration workshops. These workshops are designed to help African immigrants and people of African descent better understand and adjust to life in Surrey and Sussex. By promoting cultural understanding and bridging gaps between different communities, these workshops provide practical advice and guidance for adapting to a new culture and way of life. Led by experienced facilitators, participants gain insights into overcoming common challenges and fostering a harmonious multicultural society.

Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Support

ACISS is committed to empowering African immigrants economically. The organization

offers comprehensive support and resources to help individuals start and grow their businesses. This includes access to funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities, along with training in essential business skills such as marketing, financial management, and business planning. Collaborating closely with local business organizations and government agencies, ACISS creates a robust support system for African entrepreneurs, enabling them to thrive in the Surrey and Sussex regions.

Community Building and Networking

Building a strong, interconnected community is at the heart of ACISS’s mission. The organization hosts various events, including cultural festivals, social gatherings, and networking opportunities, to foster relationships and connections among individuals and organizations. By facilitating partnerships and collaborations, ACISS aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment where African immigrants and people of African descent can connect, collaborate, and flourish.

Health and Wellness Support

ACISS understands the importance of health and wellness in building a thriving community. The organization provides access to health services and resources tailored to the needs of African immigrants, including culturally-sensitive health clinics, mental health support services, and health education workshops. Working in partnership with local health organizations and government agencies, ACISS ensures that community members receive comprehensive and accessible health and wellness support.

Free Legal Aid

Navigating the legal landscape can be challenging for immigrants, and ACISS offers free legal services to assist African immigrants and people of African descent in Surrey and Sussex. This includes legal advice and representation in areas such as immigration law, employment law, and family law. By working with local legal organizations and government agencies, ACISS provides the necessary legal support to advocate for the rights and interests of the African immigrant community.

With the addition of new community engagement officers, ACISS is poised to enhance its impact and continue its vital work. Mary Sedomo Hunpe, Aisha Balogun, Ugochi Okoro, Segun Dada, and Bimbo Owoeye bring a wealth of experience and a shared commitment to fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous community for all African immigrants in Surrey and Sussex.