Community Enterprise Catalyst (Birmingham)
Salma was born and raised in Birmingham and began her working life as a qualified Primary School Teacher in 1997. Teaching is about strengthening relationships, encouraging potential and supporting community. Salma thrived in this profession, got married and had 3 wonderful children over the course of about 15 years. She enjoyed nurturing young minds and also meeting new people during her time later as a Supply Teacher, working in schools across her wonderful, diverse city.
Salma moved on to The Feast Project and then Hope Not Hate. Both community-based organisations rooted in developing connections, sustaining positive relationships and encouraging social equality. Salma’s passion for people grew even more and she was drawn to working in communities where people didn’t have the same opportunities as others.
In 2017 Salma joined the constituency office of an MP and supported local residents with a wide range of issues – housing, education, social care/services, welfare system, health, immigration and more. This face-to-face role provided her with a deeper understanding of how local and national governments work/do not work with people who are desperate for help and support. A frustrating yet rewarding 3 and a half years!
Salma is really excited to now join Community Catalysts in Birmingham. Her passion for people and building local connections/networking will no doubt help with supporting new and existing micro-enterprises that are dedicated to people with learning disabilities. Everyone has the right to a good quality of life, to choose how they want to live – Salma is looking forward to championing this as a CommCat!07776 596395