My name is Salma Hamid and I was born and raised in Bordesley Green and Small Heath. I graduated in 1997 from the University of Central England as a Primary School Teacher and began working immediately. I got married in 1998 and moved to Moseley where I have lived for over 21 years with Rashid, our 3 wonderful children and our 2 cats.
I have always been involved in community work in some way throughout my adult life – school governor, organising fund raising events for charities, managing a parent and toddler group, hosting tea parties for groups of elderly residents and many other volunteer activities. I am most happy and active helping the community and I feel I have made a difference by organising new initiatives and by contributing to existing ones.
After almost 20 years of working in many different schools in Birmingham, I decided to pursue a new career and in 2017 I applied for the role of full time Constituency Caseworker for a Birmingham Member of Parliament. I am thoroughly enjoying my new job because I’m working actively in the community every day and helping people from all backgrounds. This really is my passion! Meeting and listening to people from the local community and helping them is a huge part of what I do and I also have to liaise with the local and national governments which is an added bonus and has also been an invaluable learning experience!
St. Paul’s Community Development Trust is an organisation in the heart of a vulnerable, deprived community, striving to ‘support individuals and families in Balsall Heath and wider Birmingham to lead healthy and fulfilled lives and make a positive contribution to their neighbourhood and the city’.
- St. Paul’s believes in people – ‘Every person has talent and the capacity to achieve his or her potential.’
- St. Paul’s wants to ensure that ‘every child receives the best start in life, to access education and to on-going support where it is needed’.
- St. Paul’s values all the staff and ‘recognise the talent they have and their passion to deliver high quality responsive services.’
- St. Paul’s believes in transparency, openness, inclusivity, fairness and accountability.
I applied to be Chairperson of the Board of Trustees because I wanted to be part of an organisation that is totally devoted to people using their services, both young and old. Every single person within the Trust is passionate and proud about the work they have done and are doing. They are making a real difference! I have a lot of respect for the CDT – their values are values I believe in too.
I want to work with the Trust to ensure the future of St. Paul’s CDT is secure and remains community driven. I want to ensure that all Staff within the Trust remain supported and new ideas to strengthen and develop the organisation are implemented. I want to use my skills and my past experiences to work with all the Staff and Trustees to celebrate and promote the important work they are doing at St Paul’s. I am thrilled to be appointed Chairperson and I am keen, ready and eager to begin this exciting journey!