I am proud and delighted to serve as Mayor, and am enjoying working this year to the benefit of our wonderful community here in Croydon. I have lived in the borough for more than 40 years, been actively involved in local politics for 17 and a councillor since 2010, representing Bensham Manor Ward.
My background as a small business owner means I am passionate about this vital part of our local economy. I came to England with my parents in 1972 and moved to Croydon when I opened my first catering business in 1977. Small businesses are at the heart of day-to-day life – they serve our community, help to create jobs and opportunities, and make our town and district centres the vibrant places we like them to be.
I first became involved in community work through what is now Croydon Bangladesh Welfare Association, of which I have been president for two terms. I was a founding member of the Asian Resource Centre, helped to establish the Queens Community Hall through Bensham Manor Community Association, and was part of the steering committee that helped to develop Shahjalal Mosque.
I have launched the Mayor’s Awards for Community Enterprise (MACE) to acknowledge the outstanding contribution and commitment of individuals and enterprises in Croydon.
These awards offer an opportunity to raise the profile of industrious, hardworking and enterprising individuals and enterprises. I believe that these Awards will provide recognition of achievement and genuine endorsement of success.
I want to involve the whole community in this activity and therefore would like you to nominate your worthy local individual or enterprise. There are ten award categories:
- Sustainability award
- Family business of the year
- Restaurant of the year
- Takeaway of the year
- Community Achiever of the year
- Mentor of the year
- Excellence in innovation
- Teacher of the year
- Community enterprise of the year
- Author of the year
I believe MACE delivers a strong message about the value of helping others and how it helps to strengthen our communities in Croydon and create a more cohesive and inclusive society for everyone.
Please take the time to nominate those you feel go that extra mile to help others and allow us to recognise their efforts.
The judging panel comprises of a Working Group with representatives from the community, volunteer and support organisations.
I look forward to your enthusiastic involvement in the MACE process and I look forward to welcoming you at the Gala and MACE celebration event on 28 April 2020 at the Grand Sapphire in Croydon.
THE MAYOR OF CROYDON’S CHARITY 2019-20
Croydon is a diverse borough and we are incredibly fortunate to have so many different charities helping people with different needs. I have chosen five good causes, which I feel reflect this diversity, to benefit from my fundraising:
Mind in Croydon, which promotes good mental health and seeks to empower people to lead a full life www.mindincroydon.org.uk
Croydon Vision helps those who are blind or visually impaired and their families www.croydonvision.org.uk/
Apasen International (Croydon) is a social care provider helping to meeting the needs of vulnerable people www.apasen.org.uk
Ashdon Jazz Academy provides support to vulnerable young women and girls www.ashdonjazzacademy.org
Croydon Refugee Day Centre offers practical advice and support to all asylum seekers and refugees www.croydonrefugeedaycentre.co.uk