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Q&A: My Redbridge - Saima Ahmed, Ilford Town Ward Councillor

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 August 2018

Cllr Saima Ahmed of Ilford Town Centre ward. Photo: Saima Ahmed

Cllr Saima Ahmed of Ilford Town Centre ward. Photo: Saima Ahmed

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Saima Ahmed is the councillor for the new Ilford Town Ward. A Redbridge resident of nearly 10 years, she has more than 25 years of experience in Youth Leadership and Volunteerism.

What is your connection with Redbridge?

Redbridge has been my home for nearly a decade. I live with my husband and our little daughter in the heart of Ilford Town Centre. 
I am connected to this area through my voluntary work for women and young people, cultural activities such as theatre direction and engagement with community media. 
I am now elected as the councillor for Ilford Town ward.

What’s the best thing about working or living in Redbridge?
Being the fourth most diverse area in the country one can easily experience a world within Redbridge with different communities living together. 
Great transport links with the city, open spaces and parks, outstanding schools and adult education provisions, strong neighbourhood groups and voluntary organisations tirelessly working to work together for the community are all contributing towards the borough’s profile.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

I would invest more on creative industry and organise events that would bring communities together so that we learn about our similarities and understand the differences too in order to celebrate our diversity. 
 I dream of Ilford Town centre to become the cultural quarter of Redbridge, more collaborative/ partnership work with academia (universities) and a women’s resource centre in the borough.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Diverse. Green. Home.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

My five year old daughter inspires me the most. 
She reminds me the miracles in life and of my second chance to life since coming back from an induced coma. 
Her innocence and candid nature have the refreshing power that takes away all the worries and stress. Also my husband has been truly inspirational for me whose humbleness and genuine persona taught me no matter how tough life becomes never to lose hope and respect.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

I would develop policies that would look into the causes of organised crime and find innovative ways to tackle them. 
Also, I would see that schools and community groups have more provisions for culture and arts, cultural exchange and opportunities for young people to do more voluntary work locally, regionally and internationally


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