Rahima Ahammed for Trumpington
I’m Rahima Ahammed and I’m standing to be your City Councillor for Trumpington in the upcoming by-election. My father was a commonwealth migrant steel worker who came to the UK in 1954 just after the war to help rebuild the country. I was born and raised in Birmingham next door to Aston Villa football ground. In the summer of 1987, I came to visit Cambridge and (apart from a couple of years when I went back to Birmingham) I have lived here ever since!
I studied for undergraduate and masters degrees in Geography and Sociology as a mature student at Anglia Ruskin. Later, I then studied at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. I worked as a supply teacher in many secondary schools in and around Cambridge and later also in Birmingham. I have also worked for the UKBA border Agency as an interpreter and mediator and for Cambridge City Council as a Community development Officer and have worked with Bangladeshi community in Cambridge on development programmes.
I have been involved in volunteering for over 30 years for a variety of local causes which I am really passionate about. I founded a charity in Bangladesh helping those who are deprived and destitute in the community. I also was Vice Chair of the National Prevent Network.
Both my voluntary and professional work have allowed me to work in lots of different contexts including liaising with the City and County Councils, schools, police, prisons, hospitals, mosques and church community centres. This has also given me a strong understanding of the diverse needs within our communities.
If I am elected I will work with you, our residents, to make Trumpington a better place to live, and to serve all of our community during these difficult times-when many are struggling during the cost of living crisis.