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Q&A: Nadia Shah, admissions officer at the University of East London

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 October 2017

Lee Pinkerton

Instilling pride and greater community cohesion are two key priorities for Nadia Shah, who feels the borough has a lot to offer but would like to see more social housing

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have lived in the borough since 1987 with my parents and siblings. I now live and work in the borough with my 18 year old son. I also volunteer in the borough for the following organisations:

East London Radio - Coordinator of Volunteers

Great Run Local Newham - New Beckton Park - Event coordinator

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

I feel that Newham has a lot to offer in terms of activities for children and young people. I also feel that Newham is quite good in terms of being able to access outdoor green spaces. As I am a keen runner this is important to me.

What one thing would you change?

I would like the borough to have regular cultural events as you know Newham is one of the most diverse boroughs and sometimes the communities do not mix. I feel that in order for the borough to thrive even more more needs to be done in terms of community cohesion to celebrate the different cultures and communities.

Use three words to describe the area?

Vibrant, colourful and fun.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

I don’t have a particular person in mind but I can say that living

and working in the borough I have been very fortunate to have met and still work alongside some truly inspirational women. These

women have ranged from all ages and many different cultures and backgrounds. They continue to inspire me.

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

If I were prime minister I would introduce the law to increase the availability of social housing.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

As editor I feel that the issues in the borough that need addressing are:

• Community cohesion

• Anti social behaviour

• Safeguarding children and young people

• Creating vision and opportunities for young people in the borough 16-25

• Gang and drug culture in young men in the borough

• Healthy living

• Pride in your local area

• Maintaing the overall up keep of the borough in terms of litter /fly tipping.

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