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Tick Boxes

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Join us for a screening of the first episode of the Seldom Heard Communities Docuseries: ‘Tick Boxes’, followed by a panel discussion with the creators & contributors.

Tick Boxes gives a voice to members of Sheffield’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities as they organise to support themselves and each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. After years of being starved of resources and used simply as ‘Tick Boxes’, these diverse Sheffield BAME groups demonstrate remarkable creativity and solidarity in their efforts to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.


I work for Hadfield Institute as Finance & Contracts Manager. As an officer my responsibility is looking at taking forward Hadfield Institute's vision.

My love and passion as an officer and a community activist, is my love and passion for Community Empowerment, being able to share the journeys of those socially disadvantaged communities, and seeing what Community Empowerment achieves and its impact. Projects such as the “Food Pharmacy” and “Well-Being Support” for Parents with Vulnerable Children and families struggling financially, have been a success. That success has been through our Community Champions and Trustees who are at the heart of the communities they work with.

I am honoured to be part of that journey; to be empowering individuals and providing them with a platform so we can hear their voices loud and clear.


I have been the chair of ISRAAC Somali Community Association for the past eight years.

I previously worked for more than 20 years in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors in various capacities and roles, especially in senior management positions in Sheffield.

I have worked with Sheffield City Council for about nine years with housing associations, Safe Haven Yorkshire, Refugee Care, NETT Transport Training Ltd and more.

I have experience working in mainstream organisations for more than 20 years, and also have experience of working in Somali Community settings. I can relate to many of the issues they experience including the challenges of language barriers, feelings of marginalisation, racism, huge unemployment within the community, mental health-related matters, FGM, lack of provision for youths to keep them off the streets, lack of engagement, and many other related issues of living in deprived areas of Sheffield where there are already social issues of crime and drug related matters.


I am a health and wellbeing worker for MAAN - Somali Mental Health Sheffield. Having a BA in Psychology encouraged me to join MAAN in 2015. I also have an MS degree in Philosophy from Bucharest University in Romania.

I have worked in social housing, for example at the Refugee Housing Association, in various capacities and roles for 18 years. This long-term work gave me the opportunity to work in many cities across the UK, including Manchester, Leicester and Sheffield. During these years I spent a lot of time working with asylum seekers and refugees. This gave me more of an insight into the needs of refugees, despite being a refugee myself.

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