Naina Minhas

Naina Minhas

Asian Community Worker of 2018

Living in Scotland I have been fortunate to contribute to the local communities through my work as a community worker and through opportunities as a volunteer. I started to volunteer with the International Women’s Centre and the Multicultural Centre in Edinburgh as a narrator for the welfare rights video produced and at the same time…

Living in Scotland I have been fortunate to contribute to the local communities through my work as a community worker and through opportunities as a volunteer.

I started to volunteer with the International Women’s Centre and the Multicultural Centre in Edinburgh as a narrator for the welfare rights video produced and at the same time Joined Welfare Rights Office as a volunteer. I also volunteered with Shakti Women’s Aid and Saheliya to support their initial years of development.  As a chair of the Indian Dance Collective I worked to promote South Asian culture in Edinburgh.

I have volunteered with the Edinburgh Mela, Red Cross as a First Aid Volunteer, Moon Walk Charity as a volunteer helping the runners, Walked 12 miles for fund raising with the Scottish Charity walk, organised a private lunch to raise funds for MacMillan, volunteered for two years with the St. Columba’s Hospice, organised Nepal Fundraising Event, fundraising for the Syrian refugees and a fund raising day for the St. Columba’s Hospice.

As part of work, I have been anti-racist youth worker where I developed and delivered anti-racist programme all over Edinburgh in youth clubs and schools.  I worked as a translator in Edinburgh and as a researcher for ELREC; identifying the needs of ethnic minority women in West Lothian and went on to set up the first ever EM women’s group in Livingston.   I also trained as a first EM tutor for the course; Health Issues in the community and took over 40 women in Edinburgh through the course.

I have since worked with a wonderful team to bring NKS to a level where it is now.  Also identified the lack of female Bangladeshi community workers and trained six Bangladeshi women to become community workers. Trained 10 women to be group leaders and most are actively involved in running groups.

All in all, I have been working a s a community worker for the last three decades and have found it extremely satisfying to serve South Asian and other communities to bring positive change and promote inclusion for marginalised communities.

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