As well as benefiting clients from the private sector, government agencies, industry and commerce, SOAS provides both services and support for London's diverse, multi-lingual and multi-cultural local communities and opportunities for Londoners to participate in a wide range of activities associated with Africa, Middle East and Asia.
- SOAS has sponsored research aimed to benefit London's local populations and multi-cultural communities.
- SOAS hosts regular exhibitions and events which are advertised locally and among language and cultural groups in the capital.
- SOAS provides local language-learning opportunities via day, evening and Saturday classes and summer schools for those who work among local ethnic communities and for second generation children who wish to learn the standard spoken and written forms of the languages of their parent and grandparents.
Examples of activities especially designed to serve the local community include:
- a research project has mapped the languages of London's schoolchildren and their relevance to economic, social and educational policies entitled: Multilingual Capital (The languages of London's schoolchildren and their relevance to economic, social and educational policies) edited by Philip Baker and John Eversley, Battlebridge Publications 2000;
- participation in a Sanskrit course for a summer programme in Southeast London;
- working with a charity in the East End of London to teach Somali